This fragranced cleanser's formula makes it a cross between an eye makeup remover and a regular water-soluble cleanser. You are told to use it with a cotton pad to wipe off your makeup and then to rinse if you desired. Wiping makeup off with a cotton pad can take forever, but this doesn't really work as a water-soluble cleanser either. All in all, it is just not the easiest product to use for removing makeup or cleaning your face, and the price is ludicrous for what you get: just an average cleanser.
This doesn't contain ingredients that help make blemish-prone skin more clear, nor can it "tone" skin because it lacks the types of ingredients (antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients) you should be looking for in a well-formulated toner. The amount of witch hazel water is a potential irritant, and irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, is damaging to skin.
The Dead Sea water in this cleanser offers no special benefit for skin. If anything, because water from the Dead Sea is so salty and because it also contains sulfur along with other irritating minerals, it ends up being drying and irritating for all skin types. Soaking in Dead Sea water can have benefit for those with certain types of skin rashes, but there is no research showing it has benefit as a skin-care ingredient.
I keep my face and eye skin looking young, fresh and even with this mineral-powered cleanser, toning milk and makeup remover. I simply wipe away impurities as it softens my skin texture.
Mineral Spring Water, Isohexadecane, Cyclomethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Propanediol (Corn-derived Glycol), Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Trideceth-9, Water, Acrylates\C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Allantoin, Fragrance, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4, Methylisothiazolinone, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Dunaliella Salina Extract (Dead Sea Alga), Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract
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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