This fragranced facial moisturizer with sunscreen includes stabilized avobenzone for sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) protection. The base formula contains a high amount of titanium dioxide, which is an interesting formulary choice. Although titanium dioxide is a sunscreen, because it's not listed as active you cannot rely on it to supply extra protection (though it most likely does). What you'll notice from the amount of titanium dioxide in this product is a thick, somewhat opaque texture that doesn't feel as silky or elegant as many other daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. It's an option, just not the most exciting one around.
Ahava included only a token amount of antioxidant vitamin E, which is disappointing because higher amounts (and a range of) antioxidants can propel a sunscreen from average to outstanding in terms of the environmental protection and repair it provides. If you decide to try this, it is best for normal to dry skin that isn't prone to breakouts.
This quality blend of Dead Sea mineral extracts and essential skin vitamins combine to shield my skin from the harmful effects of sun overexposure. It meets Australian-approved UV protection standards and provides up to 80 minutes of effective anti-aging protection in water, so that I can enjoy a swim with confidence.
Active: Avobenzone (3%), Ensulizole (1%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Methylene Bis Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tricontanyl PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benozate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, PEG-40 Stearate, BHT, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water)
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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