About Our Studio

Opalene Skincare, in collaboration with Ember Acupuncture, is a cozy haven steps away from Albany's Solano Avenue Shopping and Dining District.


Here, a mindful, conscious approach is taken in encouraging your natural beauty and vitality to flourish, with treatments promoting relaxation and transformation, inside and out. You are welcomed without judgement wherever you are on your journey in health, beauty, and well being.


The apothecary shelves are stocked with thoughtfully chosen goods from small businesses creating unique, vibrant, cruelty-free products. Many are handmade in small batches, and most are contained in low or no-waste packaging. I strive to collaborate with companies that tread lightly, give back, and care about the world we live in, founded locally when possible, by women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks. I truly believe in the products I recommend, and when you purchase them for yourself or as a gift, you are supporting good people doing good things.

​About Francesca


A Bay Area native, I've been a Licensed Esthetician in practice here since 1997. In that time I've owned both a full service salon and spa as well as several holistic skincare studios, including Elixir, Alchemy, Shimmer, and Opalene.

While I believe most people endeavor to feel beautiful, this means something different to each of us, and although what's attractive to the eye is subjective, being relaxed and confident tends to bring out our inner radiance. My goal is to support you in recognizing the distinctive, natural beauty that’s uniquely yours.

It brings me great joy to provide a respite from life's daily stresses while encouraging self-care and acceptance as we all navigate the ever-evolving stages of our lives. I truly appreciate your trust in me each time you visit for a treatment or make a purchase.


"Walk in tired and dull, leave feeling relaxed and vibrant" ~ Sherry

"I just love these sessions with Francesca. I leave feeling that not only has my skin been nourished but my whole self" ~ Sara