glowing winter skin with jessa blades.

tips for glowing winter skin from jessa blades | reading my tea leaves


It’s the time of year for looking in the mirror and hoping my salty tears might provide enough moisture to put a little glow back into my dry cheeks. (Sad February-ers, unite. It’s almost March!) To help combat dry winter skin in a slightly more proactive way, I asked my friend and natural beauty expert, Jessa Blades, to share her best tips for keeping winter skin looking as bright and glow-y as a California morning.


Here goes:

+ Ferment Your Food. You know that old adage? Two pickles a day keeps the doctor away? Never heard of it? Just ask Jessa. She recommends incorporating two fermented or lacto-fermented foods into your daily diet. She explains that “the good bacteria helps your digestion and boosts immunity, which helps balance and support the body and improve your skin from the inside out.” Recommended? Kefir, kombucha, beet kvass, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, and those good probiotic pickles at the Jewish deli around the corner. Want to learn more about fermented foods? Right this way. (PS. It’s not just Jessa pushing the ‘kraut. Science!)

+ Embrace Oil – Phew! Jessa’s on board with using oils to restore the natural oils your skin needs. In fact, to folks who are afraid oils, she says, “Do you know how you make lotion or face cream? You take oil and whip it together with water. Don’t be afraid to use oil. You’ve always been putting it on your face.” What to use? Well-sourced, organic argan, olive, jojoba, coconut, almond oils. To avoid? Mineral oil. Oily skin already your problem? Jessa says even oily skin loves oil, just but be sure to use a lighter oil, like argan, if you have oily skin. 

+ Believe in Beeswax – For folks who need a little extra oompf in the moisture department, try adding a beeswax-based balm after you apply the oil. Balms or salves that include beeswax help to lock in the moisture and protect your skin from the wind. Jessa says, “double up on oil and balm and get ready to glow in the best way.”

+ Eat Your Guacamole – In addition to adding fermented foods into your diet, Jessa recommends incorporating organic oils like coconut, olive and flax as a way of improving your complexion from the inside out. And don’t forget your avocados. She says: “Make guacamole, eat your avocado on toast, drink it in smoothies; however you like. Oh, and mash it up and put in on your face! It makes an amazing face mask.”

+ Ease Up on Exfoliating – Contrary to popular belief, too much sloughing off of dry skin isn’t helping. Jessa suggests, “No more scrubbing or burning or exfoliating every day. That’s making your skin drier, more sensitive and it just isn’t necessary. And we all know to avoid plastic microbeads, right?” Instead? Jessa says the fruit peels are the way to go. Gentle peels involving fruit acids like pumpkin, apple, and papaya, help break down dead skin cells for soft glow-y and refreshed skin.

What about you guys? Any favorite tricks for combatting the winter skin blahs?

jessa blades | reading my tea leaves



Jessa Blades is a makeup artist, natural beauty and wellness expert, and herbalist who splits her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Inspired by true healing and wellness, Jessa made the switch to using all natural products in 2008. When she’s not on set as a makeup artist, she consults with clients to offer simple routines, pure products, and expert advice. Visit her online shop for her signature line of skincare and herbal teas as well as her curated selection of favorite beauty and wellness products made by other people!


Photo of Jessa at work by Tory Williams. Photo of Jessa by Laila Bahman

PSST: GOOD NEWS! Jessa and I are teaming up for two Simple Matters events while I’m in LA later this week. I hope some of you can join us! (More details to be updated later today!)

+ March 4 | Venice 

Join us for an evening of conversation and cocktails at the Cuyana Store on Abbott Kinney. We’ll chat self-care, natural beauty, and the advantage of going back to the basics. Juices courtesy of Renew JuiceryCopies of Simple Matters available for purchase and signing.

Where: Cuyana Store | 1140 Abbott Kinney Blvd, Venice Beach, 90291


When: 7 – 9 pm


+ March 5 | Arts District DTLA


We’re partnering with The Springs for an interactive afternoon on self-care, natural beauty, and Simple Matters. Come sip kombucha, say hello, and take home a personalized herbal bath soak of your very own. Books available for purchase and signing!


Where: The Springs | 608 Matteo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021


When: 3-5 pm


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