Finding an esthetician who merges the best of both clinical and a holistic skin care philosophy is no simple matter. All the more reason to value the talented Jillian Wright Skincare who accomplishes just that at her chic Manhattan office and in her skin care formulations.

But this spa owner and brand developer doesn’t stop there. She’s also on a mission to establish a viable platform for other indie brands to grow and gain recognition with the groundbreaking Indie Beauty Expo.

After receiving the enthusiastic endorsement of my fellow blogging sistas, Tina of Eighth+Wild and Lola of The Hermes Hippie, I had the pleasure of enjoying a high tech facial with her and left her Upper East Side office with luminous skin and a calmer demeanor.

Ask my husband. He noticed the glow hours later at dinner, and my skin retained that fresh look for days thanks to her unique treatments.

jillian wright3jillian wright5Aside from having THE most luminous skin herself (always reassuring in an esthetician, if you ask me), Jillian is also kind, soft-spoken, knowledgeable, and a force to be reckoned with. She is a licensed esthetician for 20 years with a celebrity clientele, a spa owner, and brand developer with her own line of clinical skin care products that I’ve been enjoying for some time. Moreover, she’s spearheading what could be an indie beauty movement.

Magical hands

If all that isn’t enough, I might add that she has the hands of a saint with the perfect balance of gentle, yet firm pressure during the course of facial massages, as well as several bonus massages of neck, shoulder, arms and hands. Pure bliss! I felt nurtured from the moment I lay down in her tranquil space. Undoubtedly, there was lymphatic drainage involved, though I was too immersed in enjoyment to wrap my head around any technical terms.

High tech, noninvasive equipment

Jillian very generously offered to do the Lumifacial with enzymes. Talk about not being able to duplicate this experience at home—something I appreciate in a professional facial. She uses the very latest machines to overhaul skin issues painlessly and gently—treating skin like a baby, as per her skin care philosophy. Unlike other facials that I’ve experienced, skin does not get red and reactive, so there is no time needed for skin to calm down.

The Lumifacial uses LED light to encourage collagen production, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture, minimize puffiness, inflammation, and redness, and diminish acne.

The experience consisted of merely lying comfortably under changing lights for about a half an hour while I was forced to endure a massage of arms and hands for part of it and then doze off in utter relaxation for the rest. Le sigh!

Personalized products

During the session, Jillian used her own line of products, as well as a few other brands, so that she can customize the facial and then offer those products for continued use at home.

Gentle Peptide Cleanser

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For my red and often inflamed skin, Jillian recommended the Gentle Peptide Cleanser, a more traditional foaming cleanser that touts anti-inflammatory ingredients like amaranth protein, horse chestnut bark, a saponin with vasoprotective benefits, ginkgo biloba, an herb with high antioxidant benefits and anti-redness properties, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, a free radical scavenger with anti-irritant, anti-bacterial, and anti-acne properties, and Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, used for its antioxidant and antibacterial qualities.

Mitoenergy Peptide Serum

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I also bought the Mitoenergy Peptide Serum,  a lightweight dream serum with an abundance of heavyweight ingredients. In full disclosure, this product does contain a number of ingredients that I would generally avoid (phenoxyethanol, being one of them), but my skin instantly absorbed the gel-like consistency and the promise of new cell growth was too hard to pass up.

Bespoke mask

20150417_132845While I basked under the lights, Jillian whipped up a bespoke mask made especially for my troubled skin with Moroccan lava clay, green coffee bean, lavender, honey, rosehip, aloe, and resveratrol that’s so fresh it requires refrigeration. Based on the ingredients list and purity alone, I can tell already that this mask is going to be a winner.

Plus, I absolutely adore the eco-friendly, plantable packaging that she uses for her products. I love it when brands consider their environmental impact. Too often, even with green brands, this is still an overlooked area.

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Indie Beauty Expo

During treatment, our discussion covered the usual fare about skin (tip: treat your skin like a baby, be consistent with treatment and forgiving, but don’t ignore it either!), latest good reads (we’re both in the middle of The Outlander series), parenthood, and more. But mainly we discussed her latest tour de force—the Indie Beauty Expo which is taking place on August 27th in Manhattan.

This event is undoubtedly the next exciting breakthrough for small, artisanal brands since A Night for Green Beauty, the latter in its final year. The forum will offer a pivotal opportunity for niche businesses to gain brand recognition not only with consumers, but also with the media.

The ultimate goal is to give brands who wish to make an impact a viable footing in the challenging industry—something that Jillian says she didn’t have but would have desperately wanted as a solo entrepreneur. As the date gets closer, I’ll definitely be sharing more about this groundbreaking venue.

It never ceases to amaze me how supportive our green community is—with mutual collaboration rather than competition as the driving force behind it.

There is strength in numbers, Jillian said, and I couldn’t agree more. We’re all out there making efforts to shake up the standards and improve the health and well-being of our planet. Most certainly, there is a place for each person on a mission to make an impact for the good.

I’m so grateful that I had a chance to experience a Jillian Wright facial and to find out more about the wonderful person behind the brand, so that I can happily add her spa to my list of facials in Manhattan that I would highly recommend.

Do you have any places that you currently love in your part of the world? Please share in the comments. I think it’s time I put together a list of referrals for everyone. What do you think?

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