This is an OK body scrub that's closer to a body wash with scrub particles added for a bit of extra cleansing. The cleansing agents are fine and this contains ingredients to soften skin, too. What's not so great but acceptable is the choice of abrasive (scrub) ingredients, apricot seed powder and pumice. Both scrub skin, but tend to be more aggressive and gritty than standard polyethylene or rounded jojoba beads, among other gentler options.
In no way can this measure up to what a good AHA or BHA leave-on body exfoliant can do, but it's an OK scrub if you don't find the price objectionable. Dead Sea mud isn't present in this product, making the name misleading. It does contain Dead Sea water, but that additive is useless in a rinse-off product like this.
This unique, body scrub, enriched with the natural anti-inflammatory properties of Dead Sea mud, offers a tender exfoliating experience for soft skin with no irritations. It gently polishes away roughness and leaves body, hands and feet feeling supple and refreshed.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CI 77891, Cocamide MEA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Seed Powder, Pumice (Volcanic Lava), Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Parfum (Fragrance), Nylon 6, PVP, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Mica, CI 77499, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salt), Limonene.
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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