Dara Kennedy has been obsessed with skin-care since she was eight.
After years of working in retail and beauty marketing, she launched Ayla Beauty. With a small team of women (mostly moms), Kennedy developed a customized approach to finding products that work without harmful ingredients. Among the made-with-care products she pedals are brands Kahina and Tatcha. Next month, Ayla will open in Pacific Heights’ old Spanish Colonial-style Healing Arts Building. The new retail space, complete with product testers for those with acute skin issues, will share a roof with natural specialists Lori Anderson Skincare, massage spot and several licensed acupuncturists where Kennedy plans to refer clients. Stop in to meet with your very own Ayla Guide, a rigorously-trained industry expert educated by top holistic facialist Julia March. 1825 Bush St., S.F., 415-520-7320; aylabeauty.com.
Written by Caroline Cagney, Kelsey McKinnon and Alisa Wolfson