This highly fragranced hand cream is overpriced for such a basic formula that is practically void of the types of ingredients dry skin needs to significantly improve, such as antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and, if you're going to use this during the day, sunscreen. The emollients it contains can help, but Ahava included some drying ingredients, too, along with fragrance ingredients that can cause irritation and impair skin's healing process.
Even if this were a brilliant formula, we wouldn't recommend it for daytime use because it lacks sunscreen. Any hand moisturizer you apply during daylight hours must contain sunscreen and be rated SPF 15 or greater. This is key to preventing your hands from looking older than you really are; plus, it will keep brown spots at bay.
Please see our list of Best Body Care Products for hand creams (with and without sunscreen) that are better, less expensive options.
This grease-free mineral mud blend absorbs deeply into my dry skin to improve its natural moisture levels, relieve scaling and itching, and leave my hands feeling repaired, nourished and smooth.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Sodium Lactate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Lactic Acid, Maris Aqua(Dead Sea Water), Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Sorbitan Tristearate, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4, Methylisothiazolinone, BHA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E),Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate Cinnamyl Alcohol, 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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