“Skincando’s Combat Ready Balm is my absolute favorite product to slug with. It is thick, moisturizing, and smells like a spa. Top your skincare cocktail with this military grade skin salve to compliment your skin cycling routine.
Do you know what’s in your skincare? While it’s easy to analyze the foods we’re putting into our bodies, many of us disregard the products we’re placing on our body. From foundation to lotion, cleansers and even chapstick, 20-year holistic aesthetician and owner of Skincando Sara D’Amelio is here to help us wake up and read our skincare labels.
Growing up, Sara always had sensitive skin. She attributed her constant reactions to using only the cheap products she could afford and waited for the day when expensive luxury brands would heal her skin. But when Sara landed a job at a premium skincare company and finally had access to those coveted pricey bottles, her skin got worse. Frustrated and confused, Sara did her own research on skincare and what she found left her feeling scammed and betrayed by the beauty brands pushing chemical-filled products.
Today, Sara talks with Jen about creating a clean skincare company, the secret to glowing skin, what skincare and nutrition have in common, and why price point, shiny packaging, and quality don’t always go hand-in-hand.
[02:30] – “Psychologically we’re programmed that the more expensive the product is, the better it is for you. When in reality, it’s the packaging and marketing. So if the packaging is gorgeous, it’s considered a luxury status product.” ~ Sara D’Amelio
[04:53] – “It’s easy to buy a product for like $50 that you think is going to cure your skin, when in fact, it’s constantly adding to the irritation, inflammation, based on what those ingredients are in that skincare.” ~ Sara D’Amelio
[06:09] – “That’s why I started Skincando: Simple, healthy ingredients based in nutrition. So you’re feeding your skin just like you’re feeding your stomach. You’re thinking of your skin like the organ that it is.” ~ Sara D’Amelio
The Best Indie Brands To Support This Holiday Season
Every year in late November, around the start of the holiday shopping season, talk of “shopping small” picks up. But have you ever considered what it really means to support independently owned businesses? In the beauty industry’s corporate landscape, parent companies with extensive funding tend to dominate the scene, with the resources to run large-scale campaigns, and attract the attention of influencers and celebrities. Sadly, the odds are stacked against the little guys.
Stacey and Martin Clarke have long used their sales and business development skills to help clients create successful companies across South Florida.
Now the husband and wife team and Clarke Smart Solutions partners are putting their expertise to work for themselves as owner/operators of Asili Beauty and Wellness store, where they offer cutting-edge, sustainable, carbon-neutral beauty and wellness products from around the world.
…The Clarkes have also made a concerted effort to feature products created by women led businesses. Beloved Box founder and CEO Dani Spikes, Skincando founder and CEO Sara Damelio, and Makeup By RoryLee founder and CEO Rory Lee will hold live demonstrations and consultations during the November 19th and 20th grand opening, which will also feature a wellness run in partnership with Nike Miami.
Hotel Zena – A new boutique hotel in Washington DC, Hotel Zena seeks to also be an interactive venue celebrating female empowerment, which makes it an ideal Galentine’s Day retreat. The hotel features over 60 art installations, all inspired by notable figures and their fight for inclusivity and change. Highlights include a bold portrait of Shirley Anita Chisholm and a mural of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg constructed entirely of over 20,000 hand-painted tampons.
Book the “Galentine’s Day” package with your bestie and spend the weekend in a Circle-View room with views of Thomas Circle, plus enjoy a $30 credit to the Figleaf Bar & Lounge, a $25 gift card to Skincando, a $15 credit for virtual in-room mediation or yoga classes, and a discounted daily parking pass.
“The real benefit of the beauty fridge is the luxury of keeping aloe-based lotions, sheet masks, toners and facial tools like gua sha and jade rollers cool to the touch,” Sara D’Amelio of Skincando says. “When these products are used cold, they help to reduce puffiness and feel more soothing, especially after a glycolic mask if you were doing an at-home facial.”