In Bustle’s Beauty Detail, we dive into the beauty bags of our favorite talents for intel on the rituals that keep them glowing and the MVPs (most valuable products) they can’t live without. Here, Jessica Marie Garcia tells Bustle about her favorite BIPOC-owned brands, the best products for psoriasis, and how her character Jasmine Flores influenced her beauty routine.
On My Block is sadly ending with the show’s fourth season, but its magic and groundbreaking representation created a legacy that will live on for years to come. Integral to the Netflix dramedy’s X factor was Jessica Marie Garcia, who portrayed the affable Jasmine Flores throughout the show’s run. The 34-year-old actor, writer, and producer mirrors her character in a lot of ways: Both have fun style, an undeniable warmth, and pride in where they come from. Those qualities (especially the latter) radiate through Garcia’s beauty routine.
Whether bare-faced or wearing a full beat, Garcia always makes sure her complexion is nourished. “For me, skin is everything,” she tells me over the phone. “I don’t need a lot of anything else if my skin looks good.”
The actor has psoriasis, which drove her quest for gentle skin care products that calm flare-ups. “I’m one of the lucky ones because I don’t have it on my face or arms,” Garcia explains. “But I do have it from the knees down on both legs, so it’s a lot.” The skin condition affected her tremendously growing up; she tells me she was always too self-conscious to wear shorts. “And this girl grew up in freaking Florida — so it was hot as hell.”
Now, she’s gotten over the stigma and proudly proclaims that her legs are one of her favorite features. When Garcia’s working and has a flare-up, she uses KKW Beauty’s Body Foundation to reduce redness. “It covers up my [psoriasis] without being too thick and it doesn’t transfer as long as I let it dry.”
When she’s not filming, her main focus is giving her skin some extra love. For that, she turns to The Body Butters, an all-natural, Black-owned brand that she calls her “main savior for psoriasis.”