Why is Novena different from other brands?
A: We custom design our products. Every ingredient used in Novena serves a purpose and we have been able to eliminate every single toxic and questionable ingredient used in common skin care brands without losing the integrity and effectiveness of the product and its intended function. Our products are very concentrated and a little goes a long long long way because we do not use water as a filler. The excellent quality of our product shines through from the very first application.
I suffer from acne, is it safe to continue using my acne medication if I just found out I am pregnant?
A: Many over the counter and prescription strength Acne medications contain Benzoyl Peroxide and or high doses of Vitamin A that are not recommended to use during pregnancy. We recommend seeking the advice of a health care professional or the prescribing doctor to address all of your medical questions and concerns.
Are stretch marks genetic?
A: Only 10% of your skin’s appearance and health comes from genetics. 90% of your skin’s appearance and health comes from what you put in your body, on your skin, and what you expose your skin to, without protection. The short answer to your question by percentage ratio is no; however genetics do play a part in how your skin recovers from trauma such as cuts, burns, surgical incisions and stretch marks.
How/Why are organic products better than regular store bought products that aren’t primarily organic?
A: Organic products have not been grown or cultivated with added pesticides. The ingredients are as pure as Mother Nature intended them to be and you know that you are not putting any chemicals on your body. Always make sure you look for Credible Organic Certifications on the labels to assure you are paying for true organically grown ingredients.
What is the difference between cream and gels?
A: A cream is of a thicker consistency and works on the epidermis helping the skin maintain suppleness and hydration. Creams are usually very good for dryer / sensitive skin and when a deep moisture level is needed as in Anti- Stretch Mark products. Gels/serums work on a deeper level to help restore and rebuild loss of connective strength within the structure of the skin. Gels/serums are great for anti-aging targets, eye products and Oily/Acne skin types because they tend to disappear into the skin rather than remain on the surface.
How have Novena’s products changed over the years?
A: We consider ourselves chemist rather than a cosmetic product line. We are continuously researching EU standards to formulate cutting edge effective products that do what they say they do. At Novena we don’t think about our bottom line we think about your heath and the safety standards of our line. It’s our foundation and we reformulate as often as we need to in order to stay true to our philosophy.
Could I continue using my Novena skin product routine even after I’ve had my baby?
A: Absolutely… we have women that continued to use Novena and say that they will never use another brand. We have reports of husbands using Novena as well… That makes us smile.
Can it be used for someone with eczema, rosacea or any skin condition? Is it sensitive enough for very sensitive skin?
A: Yes, we have received testimonials that our products are the only ones that have controlled eczema. A mother recently e-mailed us that she was ecstatic because after a long bought of trying to control her newborns baby acne our facial wash did the trick. Her daughter’s skin cleared up shortly after doing compresses using a soft lukewarm towel with the facial wash. Novena is beneficial and gently enough for all skin types
Will I get the same or better results than Cosmeceutical brands…and why?
A: Cosmeceuticals brands often contain a mix of natural and active chemical ingredients that may cause a physical change on the skin. Organic / Natural Brands do the same however in a more holistic and cleaner way. In the old days medicine was made out of plant and fruit extracts…natural and organic ingredients takes you back to those philosophies.
What age is it for?
A: Novena can be used from birth to the golden years… there is no age limit or restriction to use Novena just the desire to use safer, cleaner and environmentally conscious products.
Is it for all types of skin?
A: Absolutely. Novena has a product to fit all skin types and conditions.
May it be used on cancer patients?
A: Yes. Cancer patients’ skin goes through a major transformation during and after chemo. Novena’s formulas are pure and calming to aid even the most sensitive skin conditions. Or products are very appealing to cancer survivors due to the fact that there is no estrogen mimicking ingredients found in any of our products.
Are these clinically tested to give results?
A: Organic / Natural products do not require undergoing clinical testing because there are no chemical ingredients that are controlled through the FDA however we conduct focus group trials of our formulas before we launch a product into market- detailed reports available upon request.
How soon will I see results in my skin?
A: As with all skin care brands there is a seven day acclimation period to allow your skin to adjust to a new product. You may experience a positive change immediately after the first application however allow two weeks to fully see the benefits.
What kind of benefits will I see by using these products?
A: Immediately after the first application you can expect to see a difference in the suppleness of the skin and with continued use you will experience all the things each product promises. It is very important to be realistic during this special time. You are dealing with hormonal fluctuations and you may experience changes to your completion from trimester to trimester however we assure that you will be very happy with the ability Novena has in changing with your skins needs.
What inspired you to create these products?
A: My own pregnancy. As a licensed medical esthetic practitioner I spent years helping pregnant woman find an alternative to the products they were currently using that were not safe to use during their pregnancy. When I became pregnant with my 1st child at the age of 34 I knew I had to stay clear of certain products I had been using for age management. Never really finding a complete line of prenatal and nursing products; I dusted off my bio medical engineering training, researched and contacted a certified organic lab and the rest his history.
Why are parabens, sulfates and phalates harmful while I’m pregnant or nursing?
A: Parabens extend a product’s shelf life–but these antimicrobial chemicals also have hormone-disrupting effects. Phthalates are synthetic chemicals commonly used to stabilize fragrances and make plastic more pliable. These endocrine disrupters mimic hormones and may alter genital development. Avoid products that list fragrance as an ingredient unless the label states that it’s derived from essentials oils, or look for a phthalate-free label on the packaging.
Why is a chemical sunscreen not recommended while pregnant?
A: Oxybenzone and Octylmethoxycinnamate, are common chemicals found in sunscreen that have been shown to disrupt endocrine activity. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are natural and safer alternatives.
Are all mineral sunscreens the same?
A: No. even mineral sunscreens can contain chemicals that are not recommended to use during pregnancy. Something to also watch out for is NANO particles. NANO is a new technology that although have inconclusive but potentially hazardous study results. Research suggests that when tiny nano particles penetrate the skin, they may cause cell damage a therefor it is recommended to avoid NANOS to maintain healthy skin cells.
How is Novena SPF different than other mineral sunscreens?
A: Novena only uses 100% safe ingredients in all aspects of skins health and for the development of the unborn baby. We do not use nano technology, chemicals or Pegs in our formulas. Our SPF factor is 30 derived from Zinc and Titanium assuring a physical screen of protection.
What certifications or accreditation does Novena have?
Novena is certified and accredited by The Organic Trade Commission, The ECO Cert and The Cruelty Free Association. We are currently qualifying products for the USDA organic Seal.
Novena is compliant with The EWG environmental working group and is a proud signer of the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Novena is certified Vegan and Cruelty Free. Novena has been LACMED screened and Teratology screened against all possible unsafe ingredients.