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.
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.
Two D.C.-area companies are specializing in products that aid America’s military members and their families. Luna Blu Mar shows off their CAMO Bib and Skincando’s Sara Damelio shares the story of how her dry skin treatment Combat-Ready Balm became a favorite of soldiers and veterans. News4’s Angie Goff reports. (Published Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 | Credit: Angie Goff)