This offers skin a frustrating combination of beneficial (urea, glycerin) and irritating (menthyl lactate, witch hazel) ingredients, and as such this is hardly a soothing product to use on sun-exposed skin. (And why are you exposing your skin to the sun anyway?) This also contains lots of preservatives (much more than a typical moisturizer) and volatile fragrant components that can be irritating, especially on sunburned skin. There is nothing "rehydrating" about this balm.
Relieve and replenish moisture to sun exposed skin with this soothing after sun hydrating balm. Powered by a delicate blend of essential minerals, vitamins, and natural moisturizers, this soothing lotion instantly restores skin's moisture balance, eliminates irritation and fights against premature aging. Approved for sensitive skin. Allergy tested. Mineral oil free.
Water, Hexyl Laurate, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Urea, Saccharide Hydrolysate, Magnesium Aspartate, Alanine, Creatine, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water Distillate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Menthyl Lactate, Bisabolol, Triclosan, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene, Carboxaldehyde, Hexyl Cinnamal, Dipentene.
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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