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Sunscreen tips from a top dermatologist

To understand what we need to know about sunscreen and clear up a few frequently asked questions, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology with a particular passion for sun protection.
Inside Our Brands

Product combining with May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom is often referred to as a "Skin Chef," and one of the things we love about her products is how well they work when mixed together. We asked May to lead us through her favorite product combinations. 
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: May Lindstrom

We’re delighted to be the first and only SF retailer for May Lindstrom, the much-swooned-over line of gourmand skin treats. These remarkable, luxurious formulas make skincare not only results-oriented, but also truly pleasurable. Read on for the story behind them.
Fun with Color

Makeup tutorial: Kosås Color & Light duos

Want to learn how to use the beautiful Color & Light duos from Kosås? At Ayla's SF studio, makeup artist Melissa McMillan demonstrates the use of these palettes featuring wearable, blendable blush, bronzer, and highlighter colors. 
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
Letters from Dara

The story behind our name

Ayla, pronounced ā-lah, is an old Irish name that means “bearer of light.” The reason why we chose an Irish name for our business is one of our founder's own models of brighter beauty; learn more about her here.  
Hair & Scalp

Frizzy, limp hair: How to tame it

Bradley Crane is not just one of San Francisco's best stylists. He’s also a truly excellent teacher who understands how to break techniques down for real people dealing with real life situations: time-crunched mornings and San Francisco fog, for starters....
All About Skin

Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique on perioral dermatitis

Two of our favorite skin gurus, Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique, recently visited the Ayla studio together to share some of their wisdom about perioral and periorbital dermatitis: what it looks like, common triggers, and suggested approaches.
All About Skin

Video: A top dermatologist's acne tips

In this video, the brilliant Dr. Macrene Alexiades shares her top acne tips: understanding key external causes, considerations when choosing anti-acne skincare products and prescription treatments, and ways to prevent acne scars.
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: BioRecept

BioRecept was created by one of France’s top skincare formulators (pictured above, during a visit to Ayla) as her personal passion project. These hyaluronic acid-infused formulas leave skin glowing — and we're thrilled to offer them exclusively in the US.
All About Skin

A natural approach to clogged pores

Clogged pores and blackheads plague most of us at least some of the time. We asked Julia March, master facialist for such clear-skinned beauties as Linda Evangelista and Liv Tyler, to tell us her most surefire solutions for clogged-pore aggravation.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
Letters from Dara

Letter from Bangkok

A note about "otherness," inspired by a visit to Bangkok at the end of 2018.
Hair & Scalp

Hair loss: What's normal, and when to be concerned

While washing your hair, do you sometimes stop and wonder if so much of it should be going down the drain? We do. So we asked Diane Berson, MD, a leading dermatologist and national hair loss expert, for advice. 
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: TWELVE Beauty

We’re always very excited to introduce a brand to the US for the first time —especially when it has considerable pent-up demand and a founder who’s also the formulator (because then we can ask all kinds of questions). 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
Body & Mind

Ian Marber on nutrition basics — and his daily diet

Leading nutrition consultant Ian Marber represents a voice of reason in the world of nutrition, a realm that can be confusingly contradictory. During his visit to our SF studio, he helped us reset with a few pieces of advice for everyone.
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
All About Skin

Skin changes during menopause: A top dermatologist's guide

Many of our lovely customers come to us for help with skin care challenges related to perimenopause and menopause, so we approached top dermatologist ad menopausal skin expert Jeannette Graf, MD, for advice on the best solutions.
All About Skin

All about rosacea, eczema, redness, & sensitive skin

Red, irritated skin can be a mystery. Is it rosacea? Eczema? Are you simply a delicate flower? Leading dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, helps us sort out the differences.
Hair & Scalp Inside Our Brands

How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
Letters from Dara

Non-toxic beauty products: why they matter

Whether you call it clean, nontoxic, green, or — our favorite — healthy, this part of the beauty world has been our sandbox since the day we launched in 2011. Here's a closer look at the why and the how.
All About Skin

Sunscreen tips from a top dermatologist

To understand what we need to know about sunscreen and clear up a few frequently asked questions, we spoke to Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., a leading expert in the field of dermatology with a particular passion for sun protection.
All About Skin

Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique on perioral dermatitis

Two of our favorite skin gurus, Kristina Holey & Marie Veronique, recently visited the Ayla studio together to share some of their wisdom about perioral and periorbital dermatitis: what it looks like, common triggers, and suggested approaches.
All About Skin

Video: A top dermatologist's acne tips

In this video, the brilliant Dr. Macrene Alexiades shares her top acne tips: understanding key external causes, considerations when choosing anti-acne skincare products and prescription treatments, and ways to prevent acne scars.
All About Skin

A natural approach to clogged pores

Clogged pores and blackheads plague most of us at least some of the time. We asked Julia March, master facialist for such clear-skinned beauties as Linda Evangelista and Liv Tyler, to tell us her most surefire solutions for clogged-pore aggravation.
All About Skin

Skin changes during menopause: A top dermatologist's guide

Many of our lovely customers come to us for help with skin care challenges related to perimenopause and menopause, so we approached top dermatologist ad menopausal skin expert Jeannette Graf, MD, for advice on the best solutions.
All About Skin

All about rosacea, eczema, redness, & sensitive skin

Red, irritated skin can be a mystery. Is it rosacea? Eczema? Are you simply a delicate flower? Leading dermatologist Elizabeth K. Hale, MD, helps us sort out the differences.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
Hair & Scalp

Frizzy, limp hair: How to tame it

Bradley Crane is not just one of San Francisco's best stylists. He’s also a truly excellent teacher who understands how to break techniques down for real people dealing with real life situations: time-crunched mornings and San Francisco fog, for starters....
Hair & Scalp

Hair loss: What's normal, and when to be concerned

While washing your hair, do you sometimes stop and wonder if so much of it should be going down the drain? We do. So we asked Diane Berson, MD, a leading dermatologist and national hair loss expert, for advice. 
Hair & Scalp Inside Our Brands

How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
Body & Mind

Ian Marber on nutrition basics — and his daily diet

Leading nutrition consultant Ian Marber represents a voice of reason in the world of nutrition, a realm that can be confusingly contradictory. During his visit to our SF studio, he helped us reset with a few pieces of advice for everyone.
Fun with Color

Makeup tutorial: Kosås Color & Light duos

Want to learn how to use the beautiful Color & Light duos from Kosås? At Ayla's SF studio, makeup artist Melissa McMillan demonstrates the use of these palettes featuring wearable, blendable blush, bronzer, and highlighter colors. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
Inside Our Brands

Product combining with May Lindstrom

May Lindstrom is often referred to as a "Skin Chef," and one of the things we love about her products is how well they work when mixed together. We asked May to lead us through her favorite product combinations. 
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: May Lindstrom

We’re delighted to be the first and only SF retailer for May Lindstrom, the much-swooned-over line of gourmand skin treats. These remarkable, luxurious formulas make skincare not only results-oriented, but also truly pleasurable. Read on for the story behind them.
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: BioRecept

BioRecept was created by one of France’s top skincare formulators (pictured above, during a visit to Ayla) as her personal passion project. These hyaluronic acid-infused formulas leave skin glowing — and we're thrilled to offer them exclusively in the US.
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Brand Spotlight: Les Fleurs de Bach

We didn’t know much about Bach flower essences before we stumbled upon Les Fleurs de Bach during a recent trip to Paris, but now that we do, we just have to tell you about them.
Inside Our Brands

Brand spotlight: TWELVE Beauty

We’re always very excited to introduce a brand to the US for the first time —especially when it has considerable pent-up demand and a founder who’s also the formulator (because then we can ask all kinds of questions). 
Body & Mind Inside Our Brands

Fragrance 101 with the creator of Ellis Brooklyn

Ellis Brooklyn was created by Bee Shapiro, a chic Williamsburg mom who happens to be a style columnist for The New York Times. When we wanted to get a little Fragrance 101, Bee was naturally the first resource we thought of. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Inika Foundation Shade Finder

Inika's Certified Organic BB Cream & Liquid Foundation both come in 6 shades; Inika's Baked Mineral Foundation comes in 8 shades. How do you choose the right one? We've got you covered. 
Fun with Color Inside Our Brands

Kosas Shade Finder

Kosas put together a brilliant chart to help you figure out which lipstick and Color & Light palettes (Creme or Pressed) might work best for you. Still torn? Call us.
Hair & Scalp Inside Our Brands

How often should you shampoo, and does shampoo stop working?

Shampoo: It seems like it should be the simplest step in hair care, yet contradictory advice about it seems to be coming out of everyone's ears. To clear things up, we approached Josh Rosebrook, celebrity hair stylist.
All About Skin Inside Our Brands

Dermatologist Macrene Alexiades, MD on skin firmness and elasticity

Firmness and elasticity are top of mind for many of us these days. For more on this topic, we interviewed Dr. Macrene Alexiades — the revered dermatologist with three Harvard degrees and one of the most enviable CVs in her field. 
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Foot Therapy

We've been hunting for an excellent exfoliating foot cream since 2011. Learn more about that search — and the beautiful product that MyHavtorn created for us as a result — here.
Letters from Dara

The story behind our name

Ayla, pronounced ā-lah, is an old Irish name that means “bearer of light.” The reason why we chose an Irish name for our business is one of our founder's own models of brighter beauty; learn more about her here.  
Letters from Dara

Letter from Bangkok

A note about "otherness," inspired by a visit to Bangkok at the end of 2018.
Inside Our Brands Letters from Dara

The story behind Dara's Oil

One of our founder's favorite products was whipped up specifically for her sensitive complexion by Marie Veronique herself. Marie tucked “Dara’s Oil” into our shipments from her lab from time to time, to be discovered with a squeal of delight.
Letters from Dara

Non-toxic beauty products: why they matter

Whether you call it clean, nontoxic, green, or — our favorite — healthy, this part of the beauty world has been our sandbox since the day we launched in 2011. Here's a closer look at the why and the how.