Wake Up and Read the Labels! Podcast

Wake Up and Read the Labels! with Jen Smiley
Nourishing Your Skin and Your Stomach with Sara D’Amelio
Wake Up and Read the Labels with Jen Smiley

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

Use the code WAKEUP and get $5 off Jen & Sara’s clean beauty starter kit: https://skincando.com/shop/lux-beauty-products/travel-kit/.



Tik Tok Convinced Me to Buy This Beauty Item, and it’s Become My New Go-To

Beauty 12 Liter Mini Skincare Fridge

from MyDomain.com December 2020

“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.”


Colloidal Silver Might Be the Key to Treating Your Acne-Prone Skin

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.


Select 7 – The Select Guest

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…

The Select 7

Combat-Ready Balm in the Washington Business Journal

Sara D’Amelio was ready for the surge — of dry skin. Her Silver Spring beauty company, Skincando Inc., started preparing more than a month ago, as soon as hand-washing and sanitizing emerged as standard hygiene practices to protect against Coronavirus. Its staple product, Combat-Ready Balm, would solve the resulting dry skin, she thought. This was her opportunity.

“I started pumping out, through social media and through my ambassadors and through my marketing and through my email list, to use Combat Balm to mitigate the dry skin issues,” she said.

Washington Business Journal