This body cream is bound to cause problems that make dry skin worse instead of better. Mud and water from the Dead Sea are not ingredients you want to use on dry, itchy skin. Both can worsen dryness because they're drying ingredients; water from the Dead Sea has a very high salt and sulfur content and neither are hydrating ingredients.
For the price, you're getting a standard blend of emollient thickeners and a lot of fragrance. The texture of this body cream will make dry skin feel smoother, but you're also exposing compromised skin to several fragrance ingredients and a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is contraindicated for use in leave-on products.
Your dry skin will be much happier with any of the body moisturizers on our Best Body-Care Products list, many of which are also less expensive.
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.
This richly-textured body cream, blended with Dead Sea mud, vitamins and shea butter, solves my dry skin challenges. It calms the itching, redness, and cracking and leaves me feeling supple and well-hydrated.
Mineral Spring Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), PEG-40 Stearate, Fragrance, Sorbitan Tristearate, Allantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-5 Cocoate, PEG-8 Dicocoate, PEG-9, Triclosan, Lactic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Water, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Maris Sal (Dead Sea Salt), Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, 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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