This waterless, spray-on body moisturizer is a concentrated formula that feels silky and leaves a satin sheen on skin. Although that's good, the amount of fragrance should give you pause. Fragrance isn't skin care, and in this product the fragrance borders on overkill. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, causes irritation, which in turn damages collagen and impairs the skin's healing process.
The plant oils in this body mist also offer antioxidant benefit, whereas the touted algae isn't all that impressive. Still, there are many body lotions that provide antioxidants and skin-smoothing ingredients without an overdose of fragrance. The many fragrance ingredients in this product put your skin at risk of irritation that will keep it from looking as young and healthy as it could.
The Dead Sea water in this product offers no special benefit for skin. If anything, because water from the Dead Sea is so salty and because it also contains sulfur along with other irritating minerals, it ends up being drying and irritating for all skin types. Soaking in Dead Sea water can have benefit for those with certain types of skin rashes, but there is no research showing it has benefit as a skin-care ingredient.
Loaded with the effective anti-oxidant Dunaliella algae, this hydrating mist spray enlivens the senses with the intoxicating scents of mandarin and cedar oils. Skin feels supple and soft and gives off a clean glow.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isohexadecane, Cyclomethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Dunaliella Salina (Dead Sea Alga) Extract, Tocopherol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Coumarin
Strengths: Most of the cleansers are good.
Weaknesses: Expensive; several of the daytime moisturizers with sunscreen do not list active ingredients; Dead Sea mud is not the cure-all for anyone's aging skin; disappointing toners; lackluster moisturizers and serums; jar packaging; no AHA or BHA products; no products to manage acne; no products to lighten skin discolorations; average masks; irritating men's products.
Ahava is the Hebrew word for love, and this group has adopted it for these skin-care products imported from
Keep in mind the Dead Sea in Israel is called "dead" because nothing can live in it (technically, there are some bacteria and fungi that can). There are many environmental factors that contribute to making the Dead Sea one of the saltiest lakes in the world, but we won't get into that discussion. A comparison should give you an idea of just how salty it is. The seawater in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has a salt content of 3–4%, while the Dead Sea has a salt content of 32%, as well as a large concentration of minerals such as sulfur, magnesium, calcium, bromide, and potassium. If you haven't been to the Dead Sea, we can tell you the aroma of the sulfur in the water is overwhelming. It is hard to imagine that anything so noxious would be considered a desirable beauty treatment.
Despite the smell and the high mineral content, there are no clinical studies or research showing that
Studies by the Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Dermatology at the Soroka Medical Center of Kupat-Holim in
Even if Dead Sea salts could benefit normal skin in some way, the amount you'll find in the Ahava products and products from other Dead Sea–oriented lines are infinitesimally small in comparison with the amounts used in the published studies, and your skin deserves so much more than these one-note products can deliver. For more information about Ahava, call (800) 366-7254 or visit www.ahavaus.com.
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