We've never seen a hand cream available from a men's line, but there's a first for everything, right? It's not that men don't need hand creams—quite the contrary—but this category is typically reserved for women, perhaps because guys equate using hand cream with being feminine or they just hate the feel of anything emollient on their skin. Male or female, this hand cream isn't one to get excited about. It lacks sunscreen and so would be a problem for daytime use because your hands are almost constantly exposed to sunlight and subject to all the problems associated with sun damage. Further, the base formula is a very standard blend of thickeners with a small amount of Ahava’s showcase Dead Sea water. Most of the intriguing ingredients are listed after the preservatives, and this contains fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation, which is never an impressive feature. This adds up to an overall dead end product, not a Dead Sea high-performance anything.
High performance Dead Sea Mineral enriched cream for rough and damaged hands. Quickly absorbed, mud infused non oily formula treats dryness and cracking.
Water, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-20 Stearate , Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water Distillate, Sea Salt & Water (Dead Sea Water), Fragrance, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol & Methylparaben & Butylparaben & Ethylparaben & Propylparaben, Dimethicone, Chlorphenesin , Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Triclosan , Butylparaben, Propylparaben , Allantoin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Panax Ginseng Root extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract, Linalool, Dipentene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-Methyl Ionone, Coumarin, Eugenol, Benzyl Salicylate, Blue 1.
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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