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.”
Acne is infamous for its unsightly and sometimes painful physical symptoms (which can even lead to negative psychological effects). The road to clearer skin is long, with suitable regimens often encompassing strong active ingredients, in-office treatments, supplements, and prescription medications like spironolactone or Accutane to manage the most stubborn breakouts (like hormonal or cystic acne). Not to mention, pandemic-era reliance on face masks has intensified patient complaints of breakouts for many aestheticians and dermatologists, as even those with historically clear skin have fallen victim to “masksne” on the lower half of the face and chin.
She shelters in the Seychelles with her Sicilian sweetheart. That tailor-made tongue twister tells the tropical tale of esthetician-entrepreneur Sara D’Amelio’s ongoing Coronavirus lockdown experience. A few days into her March vacation in the Seychelles, the island nation’s airport shut down in response to the pandemic…
A trip to the beach just wouldn’t be the same without the sweet smell of sunscreen. We lather it on throughout the summer months, knowing it is supposed to protect from UVA/UVB rays, and keep our fingers crossed that we will avoid the dreaded bright red burn.
But according to the American Academy of Dermatology, most individuals only apply roughly 25 to 50% of the amount of sunscreen that is recommended for avoiding skin cancer and early aging.
Sara Damelio, CEO of DC-based skincando and licensed holistic esthetician, has offered some of her knowledge to help everyone have a better relationship with their skin, and a safer summer overall. Here’s a hint: if sunscreen is not the first thing you put in your suitcase on your way to the beach, it better be a key component of your daily vacation routine. Highlights from our conversation are below.