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Simply Jess Interview with Independent Ave.

Today I am sharing an interview between Simply Jess and Independent Ave. We talk about how Simply Jess started and what the vision of the brand is. You can click the link to read the full article, it's a good one! Happy Wednesday! 
Interview with IA 

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Time to REPAIR Your Skin!

Time to REPAIR Your Skin!

It's been very interesting here in Southern California! This past weekend we reached record breaking heat and temps have been higher than I can ever remember growing up. Also, our air conditioner stopped working for a few hours and it was not pleasant! 

Many people here have been spending more time outdoors, beach/pool etc. with little else to do due to COVID. Usually Fall is a time to focus on repairing some of the damage that results from summer time fun and extra sun exposure. 

One of the biggest tools in my skin care toolbox is REPAIR toner! This was actually formulated not only as a toner but as a compliment to SPF as it enhances protection of the skin cells. Not only does it help protect the skin with its high antioxidant value, it also has anti-inflammatory ingredients that help with sun damage. Along with being super-hydrating it is the perfect product to use before you go in the sun, during and especially after! 

Formulated with Camu Camu, coconut water and arnica this powerfully soothing and hydrating toner makes it amazing for any skin type. I use this on my kids after the shower to keep their skin in good shape after all the swimming we have been doing. 

As one of my favorite client says. " I spray before makeup, after makeup, when I'm hot, when I'm stressed! Whenever!" 

Have you tried REPAIR toner? What do you think of it? 

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3 Tips From an Esthetician!

3 Tips From an Esthetician!

In my years of working as an esthetician, I found myself delivering the same advice for my clients no matter what the skin type. I even found myself giving this advice to clients that were seasoned in skin care so I thought I would share some of the most common tips here. 

1. Exfoliation should be a weekly routine-
One of the issues I came across is a build up of clogged pores. One way to help prevent this is through regular exfoliation. A basic rule of thumb is one to two times per week, but the product you use will have instructions on usage. So many of my clients did not do this and I could tell during extraction time! This is especially important during this Covid time when we are wearing masks and bacteria build up is occurring. 

2. Wash your face at night-
Many of my clients confessed that washing their skin at night was not happening! One of the most important reasons to wash your face is to remove the makeup/debris from the day. Our skin cells are rejuvenating at night so it is the best time to be applying your targeted skin care. 

Even oily skin can be dehydrated. Keeping skin hydrated ensures the skin doesn't produce excess oil which can lead to breakouts. If you are oily use products that contain lightweight ingredients that deliver a high impact like hyaluronic acid. This will add water hydration and not heaviness from oil based products. If you are dry, use the oils and creams to nourish your skin. 
Staying hydrated is important as it helps plump out skin making it an anti-aging tool! 

Do you have a solid skin care routine? Do you exfoliate? I would love to hear in the comments below!

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The Amazing Benefits of White Tea!

The Amazing Benefits of White Tea!
I have really been enjoying my cup of tea nightly. I also have been enjoying brewing tea and keeping it cold for the hot summer days. I thought I would share what I have been drinking and why! 

I am a huge fan of white tea and have been for years. Ever since I have discovered the benefits of white tea for the reasons I will lay out below, I have been drinking it and also knew I wanted to incorporate this wonder ingredient into Simply Jess. 

Why is White Tea So Beneficial? 

  • Potent Antioxidant- White tea contains polyphenols which are helpful to protecting the skin cells from free radical damage. This powerful antioxidant can help protect from inflammation and even boost immunity. 
  • Helps Protect from Skin Aging- Because of the protection the antioxidants provide it can also help protect the skin internally and externally from environmental damage. 
  • Less Processed than Green Tea- Both teas come from the same plant but white tea is harvested earlier,  retaining more of the antioxidant potential. 

I actually like the taste better than green tea as well, it doesn't taste as bitter to me. I also recommend using a white tea that is organic due to the high amounts of pesticides sprayed on these crops. There is something so comforting about having a cup of tea that feels like self care, as my friend says it feels like a hug in a cup. 

Topical Benefits: 

Because of the amazing benefits of white tea for the skin, I have included white tea extract in both my UNDO serum and BOOST vitamin c complex. Not only does it help prevent damage it is also rejuvenating and repairing-WIN WIN! 

Do you drink white or green tea? Have you noticed any health benefits? 

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Happy Birthday BOOST vitamin C complex!

Happy Birthday BOOST vitamin C complex!
I have been talking about summer time skin care a lot the last couple of weeks.  I have been discussing preventing sun damage (SPF) and the use of antioxidants. One of the queens of antioxidants is vitamin C. Vitamin C not only helps prevent sun damage by protecting the skin cells but also has a brightening effect on existing sun damage. 

My BOOST vitamin C complex is a light weight serum that delivers a powerful punch of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. Making this great for all skin types, even sensitive which is more rare in vitamin C serums. And guess what? It is BOOST's one year birthday! 

​The feedback I have received from BOOST this last year has been so amazing. I am thrilled it has been working so well for so many clients. Just a reminder of what BOOST vitamin c complex does and who it is for: 

So what does it do?

BOOST collagen
BOOST your protection against free radical damage 
BOOST your natural glow 
BOOST smooth looking skin

What is in it? 

Vitamin C 
  • Amazing for UV protection 
  • Boosts collagen
  • Skin brightening 
  • Potent antioxidant

Fruit Acid Mix
  • Sheds dullness
  • Moisturizing
  • Decreases the appearance of wrinkles
  • Perfect for problem skin

Organic Lemon Juice Powder
  • Potent Antioxidant
  • High in Vitamins A, B and C
  • Skin Brightening super star

​Hyaluronic Acid
  • Binds moisture to the skin
  • Super hydrator 
  • Collagen Producer

As ALWAYS this product is free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, fragrances and is 100% natural. If you have any questions about BOOST vitamin c complex let me know in the comments! 

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Sharing My Favorite SPF Products

Sharing My Favorite SPF Products

One of the most powerful thing we can do to prevent damage (wrinkles/pigmentation) is by protecting our skin from the sun. The sun has many benefits to our body and minds and helps us receive vitamin D. It can also be terribly damaging to our skin if we are exposed too much. Using an SPF (sun protection factor) we can help minimize this damage. I wear SPF every day on my face even if I am not planning on being out in the sun for long periods of time. If I am outside for longer periods of time I wear my hat to minimize the exposure to my face. 

I am going to share the SPF products I am using right now on myself and my kids. Every product is linked below. I hope to have one in the Simply Jess line later down the road as well! 

JWCF Sunscreen Water Resistant Stick
I use this stick for my kids, it is natural using zinc SPF and its great for when they are in the water because its water resisitant. Most of our sun damage occurs before the age of 17 so we need to teach our kids to apply and re-apply their SPF.

I use several products from this line. The glow line is great, I love the glow stick for a clear and easy application. This is the one I used when my kids used to go to school (in the olden days) because it was light and didn't make them look white and chalky. I also love the Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40. It has a tint to it so it doubles as my under eye concealer. 

EltaMD UV Daily Tinted Face Sunscreen 
I use this SPF daily on top of my REBOOT restorative oil for daytime use. Most days I use this as my SPF and my "foundation" since it has a tint. It is of course a super light coverage as far as makeup goes but lately this is all I need. It has a nice finish and is great for a dehydrated /dry skin type. I buy mine here on amazon.

I would love to hear what your favorites are for sun protection, let me know below! I will keep sharing if I find any others I am loving as well.

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3 Ingredients We Can Use INTERNALLY To Help Our Skin!

3 Ingredients We Can Use INTERNALLY To Help Our Skin!
I love to talk about the powerful ingredients we can use topically to improve our skin. I also love to talk about the wonderful ingredients, foods and supplements we can also add to our regimen to help skin as well. Today I am going to highlight three ingredients that help improve skin function, hydration and collagen production. You can take these ingredients through supplements or simply adding these foods into your diet, I will list both options below!

1. Vitamin C
It is the perfect time to be adding in vitamin C daily so our immune system can be strengthened during this crazy time. Vitamin C is amazing for our skin health. It helps boost collagen, helps repair dry skin and damage. This is why I am such a huge fan of topical C, but working it in internally can help even more. 

Supplement- There are a ton of vitamin C supplements out there. I love using a powder form, check online to find a good one.

Foods- Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C. Foods like kale, lemons, berries and so many more are super high in C. 

2. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are known to help with acne, sensitive skin and sun damage, that is an incredible list! I have been taking this for my dry skin as it helps a lot. Separate from the skin health benefits Omega 3's are incredible for many other ailments and is important for brain health. 

Supplement- Taking a fish oil is my favorite way to take omegas. You can take a capsule if the idea of fish oil makes you queasy!

Foods- Avocados, nuts like walnuts, olive oil and fatty fish are all excellent. 

3. Collagen 
I started supplementing collagen which is protein, because of my joint pain but found it also led to an improvement in my skin! We produce collagen in our bodies and it is what gives our skin suppleness and structure. As we age we naturally produce less and less which is why its a good idea to add more into your diet, via foods or supplements. There is some debate as to how well our foods turn into collagen so it might be helpful to use a great quality collagen to smoothies or coffee/teas. 

Supplement- I like collagen powder, there are many brands out there. Make sure you check your source and ingredients, some are definitely better than others.

Foods- You can add foods that are known to boost collagen in the body or foods like bone broth that are high in collagen. I use a pure gelatin and add it to different foods I bake with because it is tasteless. I even make a two ingredient jello with gelatin and natural juice that is super simple and yummy for them to snack on. 

There are many more supplements and ingredients you can add to your diet to help promote healthy skin. I didn't mention just plain old water but of course that is always helpful for hydration. If you are super active or live in a hot climate where you sweat a lot, you can even add in electrolytes. 

Do you take any of these supplements? Anything you love that I did not list? Please share below!

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REBOOT Your Skin

REBOOT Your Skin

I have been getting so much positive feedback with REBOOT restorative oil! Because it is what I call medium weight oil, it is light enough for a lot of my clients to use it in the summer months. 

How to use a facial oil

A facial oil is nourishing and moisturizing so many people swap this out for their moisturizer. REBOOT was designed for night use but a dry skin can utilize this in the day time as well. I have been using facial oils for years because of my dry skin and I love them. As far as what order to use it, it is applied over serums and before an SPF for A.M. use. 

Is this ok to use if I am sensitive?

60-70% of women report having some type of sensitive skin, that is a huge number! Whether they have allergies, rosacea or just sensitized from the environment, I wanted to create a line that included those with sensitive skin. REBOOT is no exception, it contains healing and calming ingredients that help soothe and improve sensitive skin. This is a great product to try if you are experiencing irritation while wearing masks as well.

What is in it?


  • Amazing for reducing hyperpigmentation in scarring and helps to regenerate damaged skin cells.
  • Helps repair sensitized skin
  • Moisturizing without being greasy.
  • High in Vitamin E and B and mineral rich.
  • One of my favorite ingredients! It Nourishes the skin and rejuvenates.
  • Improves skin tone

One of my favorite ways to use this oil is with the SJ gua sha. This tool helps penetrate the oil into the skin and lift and firm. It is my favorite nightly routine. 
Any questions if REBOOT is right for you please ask! I love to use this at night after being exposed to the sun because of the antioxidant and repairing properties it delivers, and the scent of neroli is divine! 

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Should I Wear Sun Protection with my Protective Mask?

Should I Wear Sun Protection with my Protective Mask?

I received the question: should I wear SPF or sun protection even though I am wearing a mask on my face? This is a great question so I thought I would share my answer with you all. If you have been following me for a while, I bet you can guess my answer is yes. The reason we need to wear SPF is that most of these masks are light weight and do not provide the necessary SPF rating to keep you safe from UV damage. Also, it doesn't cover you whole face and the parts of the face susceptible to fine lines like the eye area and the forehead are exposed. 

I have a blog post about "maskne" you can check out here if you have been experiencing acne while wearing masks. I have heard from some of you who have to work in them all day long and have been breaking out because of it. 

What I recommend is using a lightweight SPF if you are oily/combination skin and are prone to breaking out. I love the Elta tinted SPF because it can double as a lightweight foundation for those of you who don't wear a ton of makeup. I would also check out Supergoop because they are a clean brand with so many different options. 

Also I love using an eye cream with an SPF during a day, it is such a great tool to keep your sensitive eye area protected. (Mine is also Supergoop) You can even receive damaging UV light through the car window so I like to wear mine even if I am not going into the sun for extended amounts of time. 

Are you currently experiencing a negative impact with your skin from wearing a mask? Remember to wash your face nightly and gentle exfoliation a few times a week. If you have questions please let me know below! Thinking of you all during this crazy time! 

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Skin Care Tips

Skin Care Tips
Today I wanted to share some of the skin care tips and tricks I share with my clients when they feel stuck in their routine. Some of the most frequently asked questions I get have to do with what should I use in my skin care routine, what products do I actually need and why is my skin acting up. These tips below can shed some light on these questions and if I have left something out, please ask below and I will address it! 

Tip #1: Find out your skin type
Many times we think we have a certain skin type and that is not actually what it is. When I got my first facial I told the esthetician I was oily, I assumed I was because I was only 19 years old. She told me I was dry as a bone. All of my skin care was designed for oily skin so I was making it worse by using them! Ask a professional to do a skin consult if you are unsure. 

Tips #2: You can over do it
This is really true for exfoliation. I have had clients who buy an exfoliant that they should be using 1-3 times a week and they figure I want more results so I will use it every day.  This can have adverse effects on the skin such as sensitizing it and drying it out. Follow the directions on your products they are designed to be used a certain way for the best results. 

Tip #3: The extras are not fluff
I am a huge fan of a full routine, not just the basics. Adding targeted serums, toners and masks to your regimen will help you see better results, FASTER! I know that is what all my clients are looking for. Many times when I hear clients complaining about their skin not looking the way they want, I find out they are not using much. Especially as we age we need to add tools to our skin care tool box to get the results we desire. It makes a huge difference.

Tip #4: Don't forget to treat the neck and decollate (chest)
This is a common mistake. Skin care doesn't stop at the neckline, pull down your products to hydrate and treat these areas too. Especially your SPF, this is the best way to prevent your face not matching your neck! If it is exposed to the environment we need to protect it.

I hope these tools and tips help, if I have missed something or you need help figuring out your skin type, please ask. I am happy to help with this. Now that Summer is here don't forget your sun protection! 

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