As for the sea mud and minerals, they have absolutely zero effect on improving the skin on your feet. If dry, cracked skin on your feet are the problem you're trying to solve, consider a salicylic acid-based foot ointment such as Kerasal One Step Exfoliating Moisturizer Therapy (available in most drugstores) or a urea-based moisturizer such as Nutraplus Therapeutic Lotoin or Cream or others you can typically buy from your pharmacist.
This soothing cream is a real difference maker for my dry feet. It's hydrating Dead Sea mineral mud formula relieves itchiness, redness and scaling. It leaves my feet feeling remarkably soft, supple and comfortable.
Mineral Spring Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Lactate, Propylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Decyl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, PEG-40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Xanthan Gum, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Zinc Oxide, Fragrance, Silt (Dead Sea Mud), Allantoin, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4 Laurate, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Oblipicha) Oil, Triclosan, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, 2-Methyl-2H-Isothiazolin-3-One, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Coumarin, 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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