Crystal Muse Proofs That Women Can Do It All!
Finding yourself & your passion can come between a lot of things & commitments, doing both things can be difficult & challenging but it's not impossible! This is what Alyaa Gamal, the founder of Crystal Muse, believes in. She is 27 years old, and became a businesswoman while she was studying a scholarship in the traditional arts & working in a full-time job. She was obsessed with crystals & collecting them, then she found that she can treat her forehead lines with those crystals! This is a simple example of how we can work on something we love! She did a lot of research about this treatment until she found it in Chinese medicine, then her business grew & she became one of the most well-known stores that sell crystal rollers & guasha. So we had to have an interview with Alyaa to tell us more about Crystal Muse.
How did you get the idea of Crystal Muse?
I was having trouble with fine wrinkles on my forehead, so I looked for a way to get rid of them and found that crystal rollers were the best solution. So I went out and looked for these crystals, and I made ten crystal rollers and sent them to my friends to try them so I can get an honest review, then they liked the products & got some online orders.
What were the obstacles that faced you when you started your own business?
The obstacle was the idea of starting my own business itself. Since I'm in responsible for the quality, marketing the page, following up on the workshops, and managing the entire work process as it was difficult to hire someone at the beginning. Also, some people didn’t believe in the idea of crystal rollers for the skin.
How do you balance your business with your personal life?
I’m working to balance between them as I’m planning to focus more on my mental & physical health.
Who's your biggest supporter in your business journey?
My supporters are always my parents, they were supporting me as they support anything I believe in.
What does Crystal Muse means?
Crystal: because I like crystals & obsessed with them & also the idea of my brand is based on the crystals. Muse means the lady that gives inspirations in the greek culture.
Can all skin care tools be used for all skin types?
Most of the tools are suitable for all skin types especially sensitive skin.
In your opinion, when is the best age to start taking care of our skin?
I believe that we should begin caring for our skin when we are 12 years old starting with sunblock. Also we should teach our daughters how to take care of their skin.
What is your favourite piece of skin care tools and why?
My favorite skincare tool is guasha, especially since I'm producing it from A to Z as it’s durable & 100% made in Egypt.
Tell us about your skin care routine?
My skincare routine was complex because I always love to try new products as I’m obsessed with them. But recently I got back to the 3-steps basic routine: facial cleanser, sunblock, then the moisturizer.
What's your advice to women who want to start taking care of their skin? Where do they start from?
The most important step in the routine is the moisturizer that is suitable for their skin type, the cleanser, and the sunscreen. It's a basic routine, after which they can begin to experiment with skin treatments such as hyaluronic acid and retinol.
How do you support other women through your business?
There are two ways, first is Baheya Foundation as I lost my sister to breast cancer, so 10% from our profits goes to Baheya Foundation, I also offer a free service on social media to advise other women to take care of their skin, but this service is paused now.
Tell us more about Chinese medicine and why you use it in your brand?
I don’t know too much about Chinese medicine & I found it by accident since I had fine lines & wanted to get rid of them then I found that the massaging with gua sha & crystal rollers is the best treatment.
What's the most valuable advice that you can give a woman who's planning to start her own business?
My advice is to start & work on what you believe in, neglect the negative comments & push until you reach what you want.
What’s your plan for Crystal Muse?
I wish to make a whole routine products for skin, hair, and body, this is my next step.
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