We had the opportunity to connect with Facialist, Crystal Koro, the founder of Crystal Clear Skin & Beauty in Los Angeles California. Crystal shares with us her expertise on how to navigate the tricky and sometimes painful world of sensitive skin while sharing her intel on soothing sensitive skin the KORA way! Check out our Q&A with Crystal below to learn more about sensitive skin.
Q: What is sensitive skin?
A: Sensitive skin is a common issue, but not a medical diagnosis. The term generally refers to skin that is more prone to inflammation or adverse reactions. People with sensitive skin may experience negative reactions when they come in contact with products that contain strong chemicals, dyes, and synthetic fragrances.
Q: What are signs that your skin is sensitive?
A: The five most common signs that indicate you have sensitive skin are the following:
- Your skin is reactive
- You notice redness
- You develop a rash or irritation such as little bumps
- You are prone to breakouts
- You sunburn easily
Q: What do you recommend clients with sensitive skin avoid?
A: I tell them to say no to skincare that contains parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and chemically enhanced (toxic) ingredients. Avoiding the above will decrease the likelihood of triggering or worsening sensitive skin.
Q: What are your suggestions for your clients with sensitive skin?
A: My first tip is to kick off your skincare routine with a soothing cleanser. KORA Organics is great for my clients with sensitive skin, because the products are formulated with clean ingredients and without toxic chemicals and sulfates that can provoke or trigger sensitive skin. The Gentle Cleanser is a wonderful product for those with sensitive skin, because it’s a natural, soap-free cream (that like it’s name implies), is ultra-soothing, nourishing and gentle. It’s formulated with powerful, delicate ingredients like Chamomile, which is an ingredient that I typically look to when recommending a cleanser that soothes skin while yielding powerful results.
My second tip is to keep your face and body well-hydrated. Sensitive skin is more vulnerable to the elements and will benefit from a proper skin care schedule. Dutifully moisturizing both in the morning and night to protect the skin from water loss and to maintain a healthy barrier. I recommend searching for clean balms and oils that are Certified Organic. I’m a huge proponent of KORA’s Noni-Glow Body Oil and Noni Glow Face Oil. The Noni Fruit Extract and Rosehip Oil in the body oils contain powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that replenish and nourish the skin. To take hydration a step further, I recommend the Noni Glow Face Balm and Noni Glow Body Balm, which both contain rich sources of essential fatty acids including Coconut Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil.
My third tip is to avoid the temptation to over wash or over exfoliate your face. Over washing/exfoliating can cause inflammation in your skin, exacerbating its hypersensitivity.
My fourth tip is to take the time to test first and apply second. When using a new product, always do a test run on a small, inconspicuous patch of skin (like behind your ear) before applying. Wait at least 24 hours for signs of irritation, redness, or other skin freak-outs. All clear? You’re safe to apply. I have never come across anyone who has been sensitive to KORA Organics products. They were developed with sensitive skin in mind and all products must undergo a patch test in order to be approved.
Crystal Clear Skin and Beauty was founded by Crystal Koro in 2016. Her signature treatments quickly gained acclaim from social media celebrity/influencers like Kylie Jenner, Mel B, Model Roz, Patrick Ta, Ariana Grande, and Olivia Culpo. Crystal’s been featured on The Doctors and PopSugar as a “Master Esthetician to the stars.”
What sets Crystal in a league of her own is her fiery passion for skincare and skin tech. As new products and devices enter the field, Crystal is devoted to staying ahead of the curve with innovative technology to ensure her clients get the absolute best results possible. Her unwavering warmth, hospitality, and professionalism ensures clients get the same platinum service, every time, because everyone deserves Crystal Clear Skin.