Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Care and Our Skin Care Products
Q: What is the difference between Awakening Woman ALA & DMAE creams and similar, more expensive products?
A: Awakening Woman ALA & DMAE creams can be used on all parts of your face: eyes, lips, chin and full face. With other manufacturers' formulations, you have to purchase individual creams for each area. Also, the Awakening Woman creams are more powerful. Most other formulations usually contain between 1% to 5% DMAE and the Awakening Woman DMAE Cream is over 10% DMAE.
Our skincare products are made weekly in small batches to ensure product strength and purity.
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Q: When can I expect to see results?
A: Within a few short weeks of regularly using Awakening Woman skin care products, your skin should begin to appear smoother and healthier. Fine lines seem to fade, and complexion and texture will appear more even. Allow an average of 2 to 8 weeks for visible results, depending on the condition of the skin prior to using Awakening Woman skin care products.
Q: When should Awakening Woman Skincare products be used?
A: Most Awakening Woman skin care products should be used twice a day - once in the morning and once in the evening - unless otherwise directed.
Q: Can I use Awakening Woman skin care products in conjunction with my other moisturizers or cleansers?
A: Yes, all of our products can be used with other skin care products, although the best results will be seen when only using Awakening Woman skin care products. Makeup can also be applied while using Awakening Woman skin care products. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, make sure that all supplemental facial products being used are non-comedogenic and non-irritating.
Q: Do I really need an eye cream? Why can't I just use my face lotion on the area around my eyes?
A: While some women can use their regular facial lotion around their eyes, most find it's not gentle enough for that area. So just how sensitive is the skin there? The skin on your body is like cardboard, the skin on your face is like fine stationery, and the skin under your eyes is like tissue paper. Hence the abundance of eye-specific (read: extremely gentle) products on the market. Generally, they have a more neutral pH than facial products, fewer potential irritants and in some cases, more concentrated moisturizing agents. But if you really want your facial lotion to double as an eye cream (and who hasn't tried to pare down?), I suggest you do a small patch test first, then gradually build up to regular use. However, in this case, you're testing not only for irritation, but for positive results as well: a moisture surge, de-puffing effects, or anything else you'd get from certain eye-specific formulations. And if you don't see such benefits, this particular brand of multi-tasking probably isn't worthwhile.
Q: Does diet affect my skin?
A: Though low-carb diets have been all the rage among weight loss gurus of late, many dermatologists have been touting the skin-related merits of carb curbing for years. "Consuming foods that are high on the glycemic index - i.e. foods that rapidly convert to sugar in your blood stream, such as bread, rice, or cereal - can have adverse effects on your skin," says Dr. Perr...., one well-known skin care expert. "Inflammation, enlarged pores, discoloration, hampered cell functioning, and ultimately, aged-looking skin, are some of the results." Not that you should remove these foods from your diet for all eternity: moderation, along with the following tips, should mitigate the above-described damage. If you're going to eat one of the foods in question, try to get some protein (meat or eggs, for example) in your system first, or add a fat source at the same time (peanut butter on toast, cream cheese on a bagel … you get the idea). Either strategy should slow the sugar conversion process.
Certain foods are particularly good for your skin, and that they should be incorporated into your diet as often as possible (though you certainly shouldn't worry about packing them all in at every meal, or even on a daily basis). Dark berries, fish, olive oil, nuts, dark leafy greens - basically anything rich in antioxidants - can have anti-inflammatory effects on your skin (anti-inflammatory, in layman's terms, means puffiness - and redness-reducing). Equally beneficial, are rich sources of essential fatty acids (nuts, fish, avocado, and olive oil, among others), which can enhance your skin's ability to retain moisture and stay supple.
Q: Should I avoid sun exposure while using Glycolic Acid products?
A: Yes, Although clinical testing reveals no increased sensitivity to the sun, you should always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent photo damage. Unprotected sun exposure is the leading cause of premature aging.
Q: What should I expect to feel when I first apply the products?
A: Awakening Woman skin care Alpha-Hydroxy products may cause mild tingling when first applied. This sensation should disappear within 1 to 2 minutes, depending on skin sensitivity. You may want to wait 15 minutes after cleansing prior to applying your leave-on alpha-hydroxy based products to prevent stinging.
Q: Is there ever a point at which Awakening Woman skin care products should not be used?
A: Although Awakening Woman skin care product lines are time tested, dermatologist-recommended and safe, they should only be used as directed on the product label. Also, in very rare circumstances, the products may be too irritating to your skin. You should expect mild stinging with the application of some of our products, that is common. However, if you notice persistent burning, severe itching, or signs of blistering, or prolonged severe redness, then unfortunately your skin may be too sensitive to these products and they should be immediately discontinued. These symptoms are very uncommon but if they do occur and persist, we would recommend follow up with your physician.
Q: What should I expect within the first few days of using the products?
A: As the dead-cell layer sloughs off, skin may appear slightly drier than normal. Once the transition is made and new, smoother-looking skin is exposed, the complexion will appear more youthful and vibrant.
Note: Depending on the condition of the skin and the rate of exfoliation, skin may appear more or less dry.
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