Beauty & Wellbeing Routine: Jess Ruiz, Stylist for The West Australian.


♥ First up, briefly tell us a little bit about yourself!

Perth born and bred, I am a freelance fashion writer and stylist. I fell into the industry quite accidentally, not really knowing what a stylist did, but I seem to get a continuous stream of work, so I must be doing something right! I’ve been doing this for just over five years and really love my job.

♥ Tell us about your daily beauty routine.

I use my holy grail of a cleanser, Neostrata Facial Cleanser every morning in the shower (this is really bad, right?) Then I moisturise with whatever free sample I found in a magazine or goody bag. As I get older, I’ve noticed my skin is much drier so not a day goes by where I don’t moisturise my legs and arms. Sunscreen is also a must, I’m really paranoid about wrinkles and getting older.

♥ What’s the one beauty treatment you can’t live without? And your favourite place to have it done?

Without a doubt, I love facials, extra-super-long massage ones. I was pretty fortunate to have the best one ever done at the Bellagio Day Spa in Las Vegas a couple of years ago. Locally, I think Lotus Beauty in Kardinya is consistently the best. The girls don’t babble on when you’re trying to relax, they do a great job and use products that work well on my skin.

♥ Who do you trust with your hair in Perth, and why?

Julie Dowding at Wisp Salon in North Perth. I like that she is the only one that works in the salon, so I’m never passed onto five different apprentices (I can avoid answering what I’m doing on the weekend five times, excellent). Also, she has a delectable selection of herbal teas and occasionally opens on a Sunday for busy people, like me.

♥ Favourite budget / at home beauty treatment?

A dance in my bedroom also gets my skin glowing.

♥ Your three, absolutely cannot live without, favourite products?

Neostrata Facial Cleanser. Pelactiv Deep Cleanse. Vaseline.

♥ Do you have any secret tips you use to keep looking / feeling great?

When I exercise, cut out meat from my diet and am generally happy with how life’s going, I seem to get the most compliments. Funny, I spend so much money on products and I probably don’t really need them!

♥ What beauty treatment/ wellbeing activity would you love to try but haven’t yet? (Due to time, money, scared etc!)

Bikram yoga. Oh no, wait, that sounds like torture! I guess I’ve always wanted to go on one of those weekend detox yoga retreats where you aren’t allowed to speak to anyone or carry a phone. That sounds like a dream to me.

♥ Describe a typical day of eating for you.

I always start off with a healthy breakfast, but kind of go downhill from there.

During Summer, I’ll typically eat greek yoghurt with strawberries, blueberries and bircher muesli for brekkie.

With my job I’m often on the road, so I usually have to pick up lunch on the go. I’ll try to go for a salad or healthy wrap, but if I’m ravenous I won’t hesitate to grab a burger and icecream.

Dinner totally varies. Some days I’ll eat a huge Spanish dish that is force-fed by my mother, other days I’ll just have some grilled fish and vegies.

Throughout the day I’ll eat pretty much anything I crave, and at 3pm it’s usually Cherry Ripe or Spearmint Aero.

♥ Describe your fitness routine.

Recently, I’ve joined a ladies netball team with people that are much more skilled and competitive that I am. They yell at me to tell me I’ve gone the wrong way or am about to step over the line, but I’m grateful that at least I’m working up a sweat.

I also go for an hour walk/job at least twice a week just to clear my brain. Motown is my soundtrack.

I love Reformer Pilates and used to do it twice a week, but have got a bit slack (and poor) lately. I want to start up again really soon!

♥ Do you take part in any alternative therapies or take supplements? If so, discuss.

My chiropractor and good friend, Dr Li Chia Cheong, at Nervana is my saviour. She cracks my neck and back every week and I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling much happier and less lethargic since seeing her.

Thanks Jess!

If you have any questions, please leave them below!

Be well,