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.
I was an eager test bunny, first hopping on the regimen before the Fourth of July. Just six weeks later, my skin tone has really evened out. I’ve also said goodbye to my dry patches and the redness I used to mask under layers of foundation.
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.