UMFK alum opens skincare business in downtown Fort Kent
FORT KENT, Maine — Licensed aesthetician Stephanie Jandreau is offering state of the art services to men and women interested in improving the quality of their skin or maintaining its health and appearance.
Jandreau, 28, is a 2010 Fort Kent Community High School graduate who went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
She worked in the human services field for about five years when she decided to switch gears and follow another passion of hers — skin care and makeup application.
Jandreau said that while working as a behavioral scientist, she found herself increasingly interested in her favorite hobby — makeup artistry.
“I fell in love with makeup, doing it at home in my free time,” she said. “I started doing research about makeup and fell in love with everything being taught and offered. That is kind of how I fell into this whole world.”
Jandreau completed a 600-hour course at Spa Tech Institute in Westbrook and passed both written and practical exams to obtain an aesthetician license from the state.
In July Jandreau opened her own business, Skin Serenity by Stephanie, which she operates out of Main Street Style and Gifts in Fort Kent.
She offers facial and body treatments, including ultrasonic skin scrubbing, seaweed wraps, chemical peels, full body waxing, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting.
Jandreau said she is able to help provide instruction and treatments to slow down the skin aging process for both young and old people, as well as help reduce the signs of aging skin for older people.
She said that by taking care of their skin, people often experience increased confidence, and that women who are not comfortable wearing makeup can learn skincare techniques that will allow them to feel comfortable leaving home without it.
Living in northern Maine has a particularly negative effect on skin, according to Jandreau, which the treatments and skin education she provides to clients can help combat.
“There is dryness because it is cold eight months out of the year so the skin becomes dry and dull looking,” she said. “In the summertime we can decrease sun spots by proper sunscreen application.”
More intensive treatments include the chemical peel which can eat away at the upper layer of the skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation to provide a glowing clear complexion, according to Jandreau.
Jandreau also provides makeup artistry for special events such as proms, weddings and other special occasions including Halloween parties.
Jandreau said she plans to expand her services by undergoing training in eyelash extensions in the coming weeks. She is also looking to train in dermaplaning and oncology aesthetics in the future.
Jandreau lives in Eagle Lake with her fiance, Zachary Pelletier, the couple’s three cats and the family Rottweiler, Jillie.
When not working, Jandreau enjoys spending time outdoors snowshoeing in the winter, taking summer walks in the woods or lounging around with her family at home.