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…
Skincando’s COMBAT-READY balm is ready to take on the driest and most worn out of hands. Its ingredients include beeswax, black tea, apricot kernel oil and coconut oil, making it the perfect solution to dry skin, chafing, eczema, sun burn and more.
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.
One of Washington, DC’s top organic beauty brands has finally made it’s way to Baltimore. Owner Sara D’Amelio began her beauty journey back in 2013 after revolutionizing her beauty routine to include only natural ingredients and training as a holistic esthetician. In 2018, she brought organic beauty to DC with Skincando. This year, she announced her plans to join Baltimore’s beauty scene, exclusively selling her products at Mint & Major.