We're being harder on this moisturizer than we normally would due to its name. A "Comforting Cream" sounds like a good choice for sensitive, easily irritated skin, right? We think so and are wondering why in the world Ahava thought it would be a good idea to add skin irritant grapefruit oil to this formula? Topical application of grapefruit oil may cause contact dermatitis or a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Now that doesn't sound too comforting, does it?
Although the formula also contains a few other problematic fragrant plants, it also gets a lot right, including a very good mix of water-binding agents and some barrier repair substances—ingredients that really will comfort skin, but not when commingled with irritants. What a shame; this moisturizer had a lot of potential to help those with normal to dry skin that's also sensitive. As is, the claims of providing "total relief" from sensitive skin and reducing flare-ups cannot be taken seriously; in fact, there are ingredients in this moisturizer capable of making redness and sensitive skin worse, not better.
This effective calming moisturizer provides total relief from sensitive skin and can be used everyday or for occasional flare-ups. It soothes irritations, reduces redness and lessens the skin's reaction to agressors by fortifying skin's natural barrier and providing deep hydration.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Alanine & Aqua (Water) & Creatine & Glycerin & Glycine & Magnesium Aspartate & Saccharide Hydrolysate & Urea, Isohexadecane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil & Squalene (Phytosqualene) & Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, PVP, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol & Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract & Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone & Dimethiconol, Saccharide Isomerate, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract & Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Extract, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Oblipicha) Fruit Oil, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Lecithin & Ascorbyl Palmitate & Beta-Sitosterol & Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil.
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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