Due to some recent scheduling changes and home repairs I’m taking a brief hiatus from taking appointments until August 1st, 2015.
Welcome! My name is Jess and I’m a Master Esthetician licensed in the state of Utah. I started The Jade Room — my home-based aesthetic services business — about a year ago after quitting my full-time job at a tech company.
On this site, you can read my insights on the science of skincare and get advice for at-home face maintenance! Considering that this is the last year of my twenties, you’ll probably also get to hear a lot about me coming to terms with how old I’m getting and like, crows feet, amirite? You can also find the full menu of services I currently offer and how to contact me for more information if you happen to be in my neck of the woods.
I’m a native of San Antonio and lived there until I was 14-years-old when my family moved to Norman, Oklahoma. In 2007 I moved to Provo, Utah to be closer to my two sisters. I studied to be an Esthetician at Dallas Roberts Academy from 2007 to 2008 and I received my license in early 2009. For fun, I love participating in community theater, and doing crafty shit. Also, TV…my boyfriend and I watch a lot of TV.
I’ve always had varied interests, but studying to be an Esthetician appealed to me because of my own issues dealing with problem skin. Adult onset acne reared its ugly head in my early twenties. I tried everything at my disposal to get it under control from laser treatments and harsh drugs to intensive skincare systems and holistic methodologies.
Finally, I found a simple system that worked for me, but not without becoming a little disillusioned by my dermatological misadventures. I was disappointed in how quickly my doctor turned to the harshest drugs before advising me on less extreme options.
I’m by no means a proponent of the “all-natural” approach to beauty — a lot of my favorite products and treatments are anything but natural — but I do think that good skin starts with a balanced approach to wellness.
In addition to being an Esthetician, I’m a feminist. I love to look good and I love to feel good, but sometimes I wish those two things weren’t linked so closely in my psyche. I hate that a lot of the advertising and beauty-related information thrown in my direction is framed in a way that makes me feel like I’m not doing enough to look pretty and put-together at all times. My aim for this blog is to add my voice to the cacophony of others who are also dissatisfied with the way that we talk about appearance.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good. There’s also nothing wrong with wanting to focus on other aspects of your life without the rest of the world telling you you’re somehow doing you wrong. That’s not my business.
Another reason I decided to make this blog a bigger part of my esthetic practice: Information is power. It makes the world less scary by empowering people to make more informed decisions for themselves. Because beauty product claims frequently rely on buzzwords and useless graphics to make their stuff stand out, it can be difficult to know what’s science and what’s snake oil.
If I had a dime for every time a friend told me they’d be terrified of ever getting a chemical peel or that they only use products from one skincare line, I’d have a whole hell of a lot of dimes. There’s nothing wrong with getting set on a routine for your skincare; I highly recommend it. However, because skin is an organ that changes based on age, hormones, diet and other factors, at some point in life, a lot of people will feel the need to mix up that routine without knowing where to start. If there’s anything that I want jess esth to accomplish, it’s to be a place that makes esthetics easier to navigate.
About The Jade Room.
I chose jade as a symbol of what I wanted my business to represent because it’s associated with the balance between beauty and longevity. My goal is to not only to help my clients feel better about the way they look, but to help them achieve it by allowing their skin to function at its healthiest.