Hi! I’m Jessica, a skincare + wellness writer tackling the taboo, embracing the woo, and calling BS on the beauty industry.

 

A former ghostwriter for Khloé Kardashian, I discovered my passion for the more, ahem, natural end of the beauty spectrum after developing chronic dermatitis, going head-to-head with dermatologists, and healing my own skin naturally — from the inside out and the outside in. I subsequently sought out a certification in Organic Skincare Formulation and began making (and sometimes selling) my own products.

As a writer, I'm known for a few niche things: One, talking about the taboo (orgasm-as-skincare, my IUD mustache, the cool-factor of colonics). Two, an appreciation of all things woo-woo (meditating your way to better skin, breathing your way to better skin, crystal-healing your way to better skin). And three, not being afraid to call out BS in the beauty industry (Glossier's bubble wrap problem, Botox as "self-care," the relationship between glitter and global warming).

My work has appeared in Vogue, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, SELF, HelloGiggles, Business Insider, The Zoe Report, Fashionista.com, and more — but my proudest moment? When anonymous beauty collective @esteelaundry named me one of its “favorite beauty journalists.”

(FYI: My maiden name is DeFino. You can find my writing on the internet as both Jessica DeFino and Jessica L. Yarbrough.)

 

as seen on…

Copy of Copy of Untitled Design (12).png
Copy of Copy of Untitled Design (12) copy.png

vogue

Are Sheet Masks The New Plastic Straws?

00-story-amazon.jpg

vogue

Beauty Brands Are Taking Action for the Amazon—Here’s How You Can Too

Screen Shot 2019-10-12 at 5.26.27 PM.png

hellogiggles

I Now Declare Glitter Makeup Cancelled (But Not For The Reason You Think)

Screen Shot 2019-04-29 at 6.36.56 AM.png

fashionista.com

This Trendy Natural Beauty Ingredient Has A Major Counterfeiting Problem

31-breath-work.w700.h467.2x.jpg

the Cut

Can You Breathe Your Way To Better Skin?

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.42.12 PM.png

fashionista.com

The Burgeoning Field Of Psychodermatology Explores The Link Mental Health & Skin

7870db60-ede1-0133-8012-0e31b36aeb7f (1).png

medium

Glossier’s New Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Cream Is Not Actual Bubble Wrap, So It’s Fine

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 5.40.17 PM.png

fashionista.com

People Are Now Getting Injectables Like Botox As Forms Of ‘Self-Care’

eating-seeds-1566511532.gif

cosmopolitan

Seed Cycling and Acne: How Eating Seeds Basically Cured My Hormonal Breakouts

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.44.29 PM.png

fashionista.com

A Complete Guide To All The Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures People Are Getting For ‘Instagram Face’

Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 1.41.29 PM.png

Fashionista.com

The Dangerous Side Effect Of Digital Wellness

Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 1.40.56 PM.png

fashionista.com

8 Common Fear-Mongering Natural Beauty Marketing Claims, Fact-Checked

the zoe report

Miranda Kerr Launched KORA Organics In Response To ‘Toxic’ Fashion Week Beauty Products

Screen Shot 2019-10-12 at 5.29.55 PM.png

the zoe report

This Prada Fall Campaign Changed The Way I Saw My Hair — & Myself

stocksy-txpb0c833f2zrb200-medium-825540-1544653041.jpg

COSMOPOLITAN

Does Alcohol Affect Your Skin? I Gave Up Wine for 2 Weeks to Find Out

clear-skin-with-natural-ingredients-e1559909753399.jpg

hellogiggles

How Natural Ingredients Saved My Skin After A Steroid Prescription Wreaked Havoc On It

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.50.45 PM.png

the zoe report

The New Astrology-Themed Beauty Trend For Crystal Lovers To Try

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.52.27 PM.png

healthline

7 Viral Skin Care Products to Never Put on Your Face

0b46dfff-7b83-4db5-8f74-f42d27b17201-img_0589-2.jpg

THE ZOE REPORT

Meditating For Clear, Acne-Free Skin Actually Worked For Me — & It Can Help You, Too

5c954f24ee52ef25cb0a9e84-1136-852.jpg

business insider

I Bought A $69 Bidet Attachment For My Toilet Because My Butt Deserves It

jessica-defino-pre-microblading.JPG

SELF

Microblading Helped Me Stop Obsessively Pulling Out My Eyebrows

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.59.28 PM.png

the zoe report

Why Jojoba Oil Skin Is Everywhere This Year

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 9.01.15 PM.png

healthline

Are Silicones In Skincare Safe?

Screen Shot 2019-02-05 at 3.37.03 PM.png

fashionista.com

Is ‘Wild Skincare’ The New ‘Natural Skincare?’

5cacce2677584e5ec613f0f8-1920-1440.jpg

business insider

Magic Spoon Just Launched ‘Childlike Cereal For Adults’ — And I’m Hooked

Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 1.41.11 PM.png

fashionista.com

Drinkable Retinol Is Here — And Dermatologists Are On Board With It

jaderoller2-1557853666.gif

cosmopolitan

Hi, I Jade Rolled My Butt For A Week

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 9.05.10 PM.png

the zoe report

The Hype About The Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Is Not Really About The Augustinus Bader Rich Cream

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.40.47 PM.png

fashionista.com

Does Anyone Really Need A Skin-Care Fridge?

Screen Shot 2019-04-14 at 1.51.54 PM.png

fashionista.com

Hey, Quick Question: Why Is Everyone In Fashion Talking About Colonics Right Now?

5c3f86b810f0d022ad027f74-1136-852.jpg

business insider

Every Time I Wear This Unisex Fragrance, Someone Tells Me I Smell Good

5c17e0d2b3c21d48c6761b8b-1136-852.jpg

Business insider

I tried the buzzy new Billie razor for women — and now I actually look forward to shaving my legs

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 8.54.41 PM.png

the zoe report

PSA: You Can’t Make Your Pores Smaller

ed86e193-5877-4b07-b829-0d6192885142-women.jpg

the zoe report

12 Female-Owned Beauty Brands To Support On International Women's Day 2019

dbb620f4-b4cd-425d-8244-e23f195cd01f-559a3466.jpg

THE ZOE REPORT

Crystal-Infused Beauty Products Look Pretty (& They Actually Work, Too)

glow-recipe-mask.jpg

ILLUUM

My Energy Healer Told Me To Buy This Cult-Favorite Watermelon Face Mask

5ced56ce11e20509d24fe24c-1136-852.jpg

business insider

9 Clean, Sustainable, & Eco-Friendly Beauty Brands You Can Find At Target

Screen Shot 2019-07-11 at 9.02.44 PM.png

the zoe report

The Hydrating Ingredients Your Dry Skin Is Begging For

68958221-0A81-45D5-A820-591EF1E97753-652x652.jpeg

NéCessité

Do You Really Need To Wear A Bra?

Screen Shot 2019-01-04 at 7.17.04 PM.png

Fashionista.com

Everything You Need To Know About Bakuchiol, The Plant-Based Alternative To Botox And Retinol

jack-antal-796909-unsplash-min-1145x774.jpg

BLOOD + MILK

The Link Betweens IUDs and Depression We Need To Talk About

iStock-523001131-652x652@2x.jpg

nécessité

Are You Wearing Cotton Granny Panties? You Should Be

1779b8f9-5000-49f6-917e-bcbb8b2aba38-facemask_lifestyle2_1130x680_864d0eb8-eef2-4a5f-bf2d-ce1b8a7eefe2-1.jpg

the zoe report

These Edible Skincare Products Are *So* Good For You, Inside And Out