This fragranced, ordinary cleansing gel is ridiculously overpriced for what you get, but it works well and leaves normal to oily or combination skin feeling refreshed rather than dry or tight, which is nice, but not unique.
In addition to fragrance, this also contains some fragrant plant extracts that aren't the best to use around the eyes (you may want to use a separate, fragrance-free eye-makeup remover). Although this cleanser is effective, you can find equally effective options that cost less and don't expose your skin to needless irritants. You'll find such options on our Best Cleansers list.
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 start my cleansing regimen with this mild, Dead Sea mineral rinse gel. It increases my skin’s natural moisture for a delightfully soft and supple feel as it gently removes makeup and other impurities.
Mineral Spring Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Zinc Coceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Allantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4, Methylisothiazolinone, Water, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Propylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool
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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