This is a fairly standard, but good, moisturizing mask for dry skin. Its mix of emollients, water-binding agents, and a token amount of antioxidants work to replenish skin in numerous ways, though this differs little from lots of facial moisturizers for dry skin (just because this is labeled "mask" doesn't necessarily make it unique or better than your moisturizer). Because this contains a small amount of fragrance ingredients, it's not recommended for sensitive skin.
Note: The Dead Sea minerals this is enriched with are of no major help to anyone's skin. They make for a nice story and marketing hype, but there's no research proving their worth other than soaking in the real thing.
A creamy textured, hydrating mask enriched with the best Dead Sea Minerals, mud, and powerful moisture ingredients to provide an active hydration boost in just 3 minutes. The skin instantly restores moisture and is left with a smooth, plump, and supple complexion.
Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Glycerin, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propanediol, Cetyl Alcohol, Alanine and Creatine, Glycerin, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Parfum (Fragrance), Lactic Acid, Saccharide Isomerate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal.
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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