This overly fragranced moisturizer is an average formula that is OK for its intended skin type, but really, your skin deserves far more than what this provides.
Ahava included some basic water-binding agents and standard emollients, but this would be better if it contained a range of skin-repairing ingredients, cell-communicating ingredients, and antioxidants. All skin types benefit from those ingredients because they help skin become healthier and act younger.
Normally, we'd comment that the jar packaging of this product is a problem, but the formula doesn't contain the state-of-the-art ingredients that shouldn't be packaged in jars, so the packaging is only a hygiene issue from sticking your fingers into the product every day. It's a sad state of affairs for your skin when there is nothing in a product to worry about keeping stable.
Last, because this product doesn't contain sunscreen, it is not "essential" for daytime use.
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 pampering face cream infuses my complexion with lasting hydration and protects against environmental damage. It gives me that youthful look that helps me navigate the day with confidence.
Mineral Spring Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol (Corn derived Glycol), Alanine, Creatine, Glycerin, Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Urea, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Fragrance, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, 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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