This is primarily a clay and mud mask. For someone with very oily skin this may be helpful, but for someone with dry skin this would be an overly drying experience. There just aren’t enough emollients to compensate for the absorbency of the clay and mud. For the money, this ends up being a very basic formula. In terms of rooting out blackheads, it can help remove the uppermost portion that’s visible, but a mask like this cannot get into the pore lining to dissolve the clog that will soon lead to more blackheads. For best results, any mask like this should be part of a skin-care routine that also includes a well formulated BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant that you leave on and use at least once daily.
This truly unique mud mask abounds with Dead Sea purifying minerals to absorb excess lipids from oily and acneic skins. It acts deeply to root out grime, clear black heads and prevent the formation of blemishes. Your skin feels fresh, clean and vital.
Kaolin, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Cocamide MEA, DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-30, Cetearyl Alcohol, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Sodium Lactate, Zinc Oxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Stearate, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Xanthan Gum, PEG-5 Cocoate, PEG-8 Dicocoate, PEG-9, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triclosan, Methylisothiazolinone, BHA, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
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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