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Jessa Blades


I shared my skin tips with Origins about selfcare and how to build up your "glow" from the inside out. Rough & Uneven Skin, Acne, Suncare- I talk about it! Check it out.

While most 20- or 30-something’s have their lives pretty much together (most of the time), they might need to step up their skincare game. The struggle is never more real than when it comes quarter-life skin issues, aka the annoying changes like enlarged pores, uneven skin tone & rough texture that are suddenly showing up.  Don’t stress though! There are tons of quarter-life specific secrets that will calm all your concerns.

While your quarter-life skin struggles may momentarily cramp your style we spoke with Jessa Blades, the natural beauty expert, herbalist & creator of Beauty by Jessa and millennial, to share a how she glows through them & more:

Lack Of Radiance

 “We all aspire to effortlessly healthy, glowing skin,” says Blades. “But because of the lives we lead—never shutting down, lack of vacation & sleep and constant FOMO—we’re missing out on a lot of self-care, which takes away a natural glow.” If you don’t perpetually look like you’ve just come back from vacation (read: sun-kissed, healthy & rested), Blades recommends building beauty from the inside with fermented foods. “Eating things like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut & kimchi helps all our body systems function better, so the effects of stress & fatigue are less apt to show on your face,” Blades advises. For a quick fix dab on a cream blush that mimics the shade you turn after pinching your cheeks, highlighter on the cheekbones & inner eye, as well as a coat of mascara. 

Rough, Uneven Skin

This is another case where an inside-out approach is key to success. Blades recommends consuming good-quality organic olive oil & oily fish, like salmon.  Also avoid dehydrating drinks, like coffee & alcohol. All this helps you stay hydrated which keeps skin looking smoother & healthier.

Acne

Acne is probably not a major source of angst anymore, but it can still be a problem that requires some extra TLC from time to time.  The solution? Listen to your body. “If something you’ve been using on your skin hasn’t been working, give it a rest,” says Blades. Avoiding inflammatory foods, like processed dairy, sugar, coffee & wheat can also help keep breakouts at bay. At first, go cold turkey; then reintroduce them to your diet slowly, one at a time, to see if the impact is visible on your skin. Your cycle could also be to blame, so keep track of it with apps like Daysy or Kindara.

Suncare

 To keep glow going for the long game, sunscreen is a must. Blades believes the sooner you make applying sunscreen a habit, the better. Choose one with SPF 15 or higher and—if you’ve got reactive skin—try a lotion with mineral blockers like Zinc & Titanium Dioxide.  

 

Ayurvedic Facial Massage with Shiva Rose

Jessa Blades

I'm thrilled to be able to share my favorite way I like to turn my daily application of moisturizing face oil into a healing ritual, by introducing simple Ayurvedic principles (check out the whole post over on Shiva Rose's site The Local Rose).

I’ve worked with women for over 10 years helping them to heal their skin using natural and organic healing products, tonic foods and herbs. The most common root issue that my clients were coming to me with was some form of stress manifesting in the body like hives, insomnia, acne, or digestion issues. I really wanted to be able to help them on a deeper level and figure out a way to balance the stress. To help them bring their bodies back to a nurtured, stress free state of balance, because when they are in this state- their bodies are able to heal themselves.
The desire to bring the body back to balance brought me to The Kripalu center in Western Massachusetts. There I studied Ayurveda and learned the healing powers of this life science.
I am now able to offer to my clients a two hour Ayurvedic Beauty treatment and consultation, and this treatment uses warm, herbal infused oils to calm the most stressed out nervous system, cleanse and rejuvenate the face and also soothe the tension in the hands, head and feet. But- let’s be realistic- not everyone has time for this treatment!

 

Ayurvedic massage concentrates on the ‘marma points’ which are the bodies vital energy points. What is so fascinating to me that a marma massage can leave you feeling deeply relaxed or energized, it give the body what it needs, it meets you where you are and all you have to do is trust that your body is going to benefit from it and be open.

From ayurveda.com-
In ancient Vedic times, marma points were called bindu – a dot, secret dot or mystic point. Like a door or pathway, activating a marma point opens into the inner pharmacy of the body. The body is a silent, universal, biochemical laboratory—operating every moment to interpret and transform arising events. Touching a marma point changes the body’s biochemistry and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup. Stimulation of these inner pharmacy pathways signals the body to produce exactly what it needs, including hormones and neurochemicals that heal the body, mind and consciousness. This deep dimension of marma therapy has the potential to unfold spiritual healing.

Marma points are an important element of Ayurveda’s healing power. Developed in India centuries ago, these energy points profoundly affect the body, mind and spirit and facilitate the deepest levels of healing. Prana is the current of energy that infuses every cell within the body. Stimulating marmani (energy points) directly taps into this reservoir of energy and promotes health.

I’ve come up with a simple way to work this rejuvenating practice into your daily life, first with a daily way to upgrade your face oil application (it’s like a natural and super calming face-lift for the face) + a healing and calming face mask.

Daily Ayurvedic natural face-lift ritual:
Turn your phone on airplane mode
light some incense
make sure your face is clean
create the space- deep breaths? repeat a mantra? set an intention?
Rub your hands back and forth and bring some Prana (energy) to your hands
Add a couple of drops of face oil to your hands (start with less- you can always add more) and swirl it around and start the massage.
Using your 2-3 tips of your fingers go around your face circling these spots in a clockwise motion- very, very gently. Circle 12 times at each spot ( or you can do it for longer, if you have more time).
Start using only your right hand and circle at your 3rd eye
Then with the fingertips of both hands:
move to the temples, circle
fine lines wrinkles around the eyes, circle
corners of the mouth, circle
sides of the nose by the nostrils, circile
and then circle any other areas on the face that feel strained, wrinkled or that need a little attention.

Keep in mind the circles should be very slow and deliberate. If you feel extra energy in your hands and it doesn’t feel good- shake out your hands before moving to the next point.
When you are done with the circles, massage the rest of the oil into your neck and chest area with upward sweeping motions.
Take a deep breath and you are done!

 

 

WELL / AWARE Podcast: THE LANGUAGE OF SKIN

Jessa Blades

I got to chat with Lindsay of Well / Aware and join her community of super inspiring and talented folks in the wellness world. We got to talk about many of my favorite topics: natural birth control, my two beauty musts that have nothing to do with products, holistic healing, my current obsessions and skin as a communicator.

Listen to the Podcast

An excerpt from the Well / Aware post:

Jessa Blades is one of my heroes. Based on how easy it is to talk with and trust her, I have a feeling a lot of women feel the same way after meeting her. We first crossed paths while I reaching out to makeup artists for my wedding, and finally met at Uplift Project 001. Because of her holistic approach to beauty and her mastery in herbalism and safe makeup, I thought she’d be a shoe-in for making the big day 100% natural. Wrong!

But that’s also precisely why I love Jessa. She’s well versed in herbs, plants, makeup artistry and holistic living and healing, but she’s also not removed from the real world. Case in point: she maintains that wearing conventional makeup that will actually stay put for hours on is fine your wedding day, because it’s just one day out of the year and therefore insignificant in the larger picture. Rather, her specialty is knowing the good from the bad in everyday products: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, makeup, deodorant, toothpaste, and others … and sharing it with the world. It’s the habits and rituals everyday that make a real impact on our health... Continue reading and LISTEN HERE...