For those of us who are a little bit Goldilocks about our skincare products—too greasy, too drying, just right—now is the moment we've been waiting for: Check out four Bay Area start-ups that are democratizing the beauty industry by customizing skincare regimens and even giving consumers a chance to co-create products ranging face masks, body lotions, and the ever-elusive perfect eye cream.
"The Cognoscente" is a series of interviews with the city's tastemakers, all experts in their diverse fields, who share their inspirations and tips for living the best life in San Francisco. This month, we meet famed facialist Kristina Holey, who opens her SF skincare center mid-June.
There is no shortage of beautification services in San Francisco. But unless you have a tried and true or reliable referral network, it's tricky to find exactly what you're looking for. And sometimes you're looking for something beyond pampering and relaxation.
We love any beauty product that does double duty, so we were immediately sucked in when we heard Pangea Organics offered a face mask that would not only spruce up our skin, but also arrives in plantable packaging that grows into Genovese Sweet Basil.
Made with natural ingredients such as Japanese matcha tea, acai and goji berry that promise to revitalize with antioxidants while polishing the skin, the Facial Mask comes wrapped in rugged paper packaging that you soak, then plant in soil. The seeds inside the packing should turn into sauce-worthy basil within just a few weeks.