We'll state up front that Dead Sea Minerals don't have any special benefit for your feet. If anything, because the chief mineral in the Dead Sea is salt, adding a lot of these ingredients to a cream meant for dry, cracked skin will only make matters worse. Thankfully, there are hardly any minerals in this foot cream, but it's still overpriced for what you get.
Like most foot creams, this contains menthol to make your feet feel invigorated. Although menthol is a skin irritant, it's less of a problem for the feet than it is for the face. Still, foot creams don't need menthol or forms of mint to be effective.
This has a thick, creamy texture that will make dry skin look and feel better, but if cracked skin on the heels is your concern, you'll get much better results using a foot file or a beta hydroxy acid (BHA, active ingredient salicylic acid) product followed by a rich moisturizer (it doesn’t need to be labeled "foot cream"). Ahava's foot cream contains salicylic acid, but the amount is too low for it to be effective.
This pleasant foot cream is rich in Dead Sea minerals, natural plant derivatives and tea tree oil. It renews rough skin, repairs splits and cracks and prevents dryness.
Mineral Spring Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Oleyl Erucate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Allantoin, Salicylic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Menthol, Arginine, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Linalool, Citronellol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Isoeugenol
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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