This lightweight moisturizer has so many problems that it is impossible to recommend. First, it's packaged in a jar, so the antioxidants it contains won't remain potent for long (see More Info for further details on jar packaging); second, it contains the irritating menthol derivative menthyl lactate, and irritation of any kind damages collagen and hurts skin's healing process; and third, it contains a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is a known sensitizer and generally not recommended for use in leave-on products.
If all of the above isn't enough to dissuade you, consider that you're getting very little of the state-of-the-art ingredients that all skin types need to look healthier and act younger. The price for this moisturizer may seem reasonable, but you're not getting a product that's going to improve normal to oily or combination skin.
Last, because this product doesn't contain sunscreen, it is a problem for daytime use.
All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The Dead Sea water in this product 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.
This ultra-light cream gel is ideal for my combination oily skin. It gives me the kind of natural, long lasting hydration that leaves my skin feeling softer and looking shine-free.
Mineral Spring Water, Hexyldecyl Laurate, Cyclomethicone, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Alanine, Creatine, Glycerin, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Urea, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2 Hexanediol, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) , Menthyl Lactate, Fragrance, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Water, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Disodium Auriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Lecithin, Propylene Glycol, Squalene (Phytosqualene), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Beta-Sitosterol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, 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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