More lotion that cream and not really emollient enough to deserve its "body cream" designation, this body moisturizer in a tube is truly a mixed bag and ultimately not recommended. On one hand, it contains some very good ingredients to help fight signs of aging and stimulate collagen production for firmer skin, and yes, some of these ingredients potentially reduce the formation of substances in skin that weaken collagen and elastin.
On the other hand, if you want those good ingredients from this product you need to tolerate the plethora of problematic ingredients, from peppermint to citrus to an irritant variation on menthol known as menthyl lactate. None of these are anti-aging and they make this body moisturizer too irritating to consider (though texture-wise this really isn't well suited to dry skin).
One more comment: This contains a high amount of PVP, an ingredient that's most often used as a film-forming agent in hairstyling products. On skin, PVP forms a film that can give the impression of skin being firmer or tighter, but no actual tightening is taking place—it's just a tactile sensation, not an anti-aging benefit.
This silky, nourishing body cream helps skin recover lost firmness and supports sagging while improving tone and elasticity. It helps to repair Collagen and Elastin via anti-glycation ingredients - Centella Asiatica and peptides.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Stearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Caffeine & Aqua (Water) & Lecithin & Palmitoyl Carnitine & Propylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin, Isostearyl Isostearate, Behentrimonium Chloride, PVP, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Bis-PEG 18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Sodium Lactate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Juice, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Dimethicone & Dimethiconol, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract & Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract & Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract & Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract & Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, CI 77891 & MICA & Tin Oxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Allantoin, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Lecithin & Ascorbyl Palmitate & Beta-Sitosterol & Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate & Squalene (Phytosqualene) & Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, 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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