It isn't the Dead Sea minerals and plants in this body cream caressing your skin, it's the standard thickening agents that show up in many body moisturizers. Although this can be helpful for slightly dry skin, it's disappointing that the formula contains the irritants witch hazel and menthyl lactate (a form of menthol). These, along with several fragrance ingredients, make this body moisturizer too irritating for all skin types. Please see More Info below to learn why irritation is a problem for your skin and why this product's jar packaging is yet another disappointment.
The combination of irritants in this body cream can hurt your skin's healing process, lead to collagen breakdown, and potentially worsen dry, itchy skin.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
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.
When my skin needs an extra boost of hydration, I spread on this exceptionally pampering moisturizer with its exotic mandarin and cedar oil scent. It’s rich in Dead Sea minerals, soothing aloe and chamomile, and vitamins for fighting free radicals.
Mineral Spring Water, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Cyclomethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Alanine, Creatine, Glycerin, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Urea, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Fragrance, Menthyl Lactate, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Lactic Acid, BHA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Orange 4, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool
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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