An Evening with Monastery
In collaboration with our friends at Pallas, a one a kind vintage bookshop located in San Francisco, & Sommer, a curated collection of artisanal objects based in Berkeley, we hosted an intimate celebration of the lunar new year guided by inspiration from the film ‘The Color of Pomegranates.’
Ask Athena: ROSE & GOLD
Monastery founder, formulator and esthetician, Athena, answers our most frequently asked questions about our best sellers Rose & Gold in honor of the launch of our smaller sizes.
Making seasonal changes to your skincare routine isn’t always as obvious as you might imagine. Our skin can feel differently day to day just as much as it can season to season but the colder months are typically the months you are going to feel your skin cry for help. Nourish me, help me!
Ask Athena: PRODUCTION
Monastery founder, formulator and esthetician, Athena, answers our most frequently asked questions about our hand poured production process here in San Francisco.
Ask Athena: ALL ABOUT REI
Monastery founder, formulator and esthetician, Athena, answers our most frequently asked questions about retinol in honor of our biggest launch to date, Rei, our gentle retinol cream.
Rei is a potent yet gentle & deeply hydrating retinol packed with the world’s finest botanical ingredients. Tested for months in the treatment room of our flagship San Francisco spa, Rei assists in brightening skin, boosting collagen & reducing fine lines while fungi-derived beta-glucan helps protect the skin barrier and accelerate moisture retention.
Choose Your Cleanser
Rose vs. Sage Our two cleansing oils provide gentle nourishment while maintaining a balanced and therefore happy microbiome. And while it’s often tempting to choose your cleanser based on smell profile it’s wise to take into account what your skin is asking for. Rose and Sage, each special in their own right, are formulated with different ingredients chosen specifically for their healing properties. Use one exclusively or some clients have been known to use the two in conjunction.
Ask Athena: Oil Cleansing
Athena Answers your Monastery FAQ The world of skincare can be complicated. At Monastery we aim to keep it simple. Founder & esthetician of over 20 years, Athena, answers your most frequently asked questions.
Meet the Moisturizers
Our lineup of moisturizers each possess different ingredients, consistencies and qualities that make them unique. While each special in their own right, all three are chock full of botanical ingredients aimed to provide long-lasting & regenerative moisture. Use one exclusively, switch it up or even use all three at once if you fancy. There’s no wrong way to moisturize.
Why We Want You To Buy Less
The truth about your skincare routine, less is more. Would you believe us if we said when it comes to radiant skin, less is more? When Athena struggled with acne nearly 10 years ago, she literally stripped her routine to nothing and started to see results. She eventually added in a crafted oil blend in order to cleanse her skin.
Heal Your Skin with Monastery
With over 20 years of experience as an esthetician and countless clients struggling with acne, Monastery founder, Athena sought to formulate a product to repair sensitized and over dried skin; two skin conditions that tend to trigger or exacerbate acne. The common thought that acne is associated with an overproduction of oil simply is untrue in many cases.
An Education in the Structure of the Skin
The case for oil cleansing.
Shelter Facial 3: The Anti-Aging, Deep Moisture Facial
Our anti-aging/deep moisture facial. We have switched out our Aloe Hyaluronic Boost for the Attar Repair Concentrate. In this shorter facial, Attar is used for a more in depth facial massage. We skip the moisture mask and the facial ends here. The attar remains on the face as an ultra deep moisturizer. We moisturize the lips and the under eye area with this beautiful balm.
Shelter Facial 2: The Balancing Glow Facial
Our balancing glow facial. In this facial we skip the exfoliating process and in turn leave the microbiome of our skin entirely balanced and in tact. We go from the oil cleansing to a deep massage with the Attar repair concentrate. After our massage we remove the Attar and apply the aloe as a hydrating mask. We leave the Aloe Hyaluronic on our face, liven the skin with a tapotement massage and then layer a very thin veil of Attar repair concentrate to seal in the Aloe Hyaluronic. Going over the lips and under the eyes. A final layer of our Flora cream serum is applied as our finishing moisture treatment for the ultimate glow!
Small-Batch Sourcing, Direct from the Source
Exceptional skin care starts with exceptional ingredients. At Monastery we have spent over a decade locating the best ingredients the world has to offer to make your skincare something less ordinary. Read on for a little bit of info about how we source the ingredients for the products that you love.
Shelter Facial 1: The Signature Healing Facial
Hi everyone, As devastating and stressful that this pause on our daily lives is, it is also turning into a moment for us to reflect – to make deeper connections, to cook and bake more, and to dive deeper into our self care routines. I enjoyed this at home facial, I felt relaxed and recharged and I hope that it can do the same for you. Love, Athena
Why you should use an oil-based facial cleanser
Fall is the perfect time of year to reflect and embrace change. It is the end of many things but it can also represent the beginning and the perfect time to jumpstart a routine. Athena explains how oil-based cleansers are antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and help repair skin conditions including acne, dermatitis, aging and rough or bumpy skin.
Sourcing the Best Ingredients
Since founding Monastery, Athena Hewett focuses her energy on seeking the best ingredients to shape her products. She shares her research journey and strong relationships with small producers around the world.