Considering its price, this anti-aging moisturizer is no more than an ordinary, in-part avobenzone, water-resistant sunscreen for normal to slightly dry skin. There's not much else to say, as this offers little in the way of beneficial extras such as antioxidants. When you're shopping for an anti-aging daytime moisturizer, you should expect it to include actual anti-aging ingredients!
As a sunscreen, this is a good formula, but if that's all you're shopping for, we recommend the water-resistant sunscreens from Neutrogena, Banana Boat, or Coppertone before this. You'll save money and get exactly what this product provides.
When facing the sun, I like to caress your complexion with superior care. This ultimate sun protection formula is rich in age-defying agents, essential Dead Sea minerals and health promoting vitamins.
Active: Avobenzone (3%) Ensulizole (1%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Water, Titanium Dioxide, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Cyclomethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tricontanyl PVP, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benozate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Allantoin, PEG-40 Stearate, BHT, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water)
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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