Other than a few ingredient missteps which become a minor issue because this mask is meant to be rinsed rather than left on skin, this is a good option for normal to dry skin. No, it won't lift skin, not even a little (see More Info to find out why) but it will smooth, soften, and treat skin to a good mix of skin-repairing and moisture-boosting ingredients plus almost all of the plant extracts this contains are soothing.
You don't need to spend nearly this much for a good moisturizing mask, but otherwise you're not likely to be disappointed by this moisturizing mask unless you take the lifting claims literally. Because this contains fragrance, it is not recommended for sensitive skin. For best results, rinse this from skin after 10 minutes.
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
This lightweight and cooling gel-textured mask works to firm, lift and smooth skin to restore its youthful, radiant appearance and tone. This fast-firming mask utilizes a unique delivery system to trap active ingredients and allow for ultimate absorption.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol and Aqua (Water) and Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Isohexadecane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, , C30-45Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ruscus Aculeatus Root (Butcherbroom) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Propanediol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbitan Laurate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Cetraria Islandica (Iceland Moss) Extract, Rabdosia Rubescens Extract and Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Allantoin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Bisabolol, Phoenix Dactylifera Fruit Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Lycium Barbarum (Tibetian Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Ellipticus (Himalayan Raspberry) Root Extract, Tocopherol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4and PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4 Laurate, Methylisothiazolinone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Red 40.
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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