This fragranced moisturizer has a nice creamy texture those with dry skin will appreciate, and it contains some intriguing ingredients that help repair and replenish skin. Unfortunately, it's overpriced and it's packaged in a jar, which means many of the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once this product is opened. See More Info below for further details on jar packaging.
As for age control, it is that in name only! Despite some helpful ingredients to ease dryness, the formula is at best average, and definitely not worth the price tag. It contains little of what current research indicates is necessary to help your skin look and act younger.
The Dead Sea minerals in this moisturizer are there for marketing purpose rather than a genuine anti-aging benefit (which they absolutely don't have). If anything, some of the plant extracts and fragrance ingredients in this night cream can cause irritation that leads to collagen breakdown, meaning your skin won't look as youthful and firm as it could with a better product. For great examples of anti-aging moisturizers that really work, please see our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. 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.
I spread this velvety cream on my complexion for a deeply nourishing all-night treat of Dead Sea minerals and plant extracts that reduce wrinkle depth. I awaken to skin that is noticeably softer, smoother and more even.
Mineral Spring Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalene (Phytosqualene), Diethylhexyl Adipate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Stearyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone , Dimethiconol, Saccharide Isomerate, Ammonium Lactate, Acer Saccharinum (Sugar Maple) Extract , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Leaf Extract, Water, Myristyl Myristate, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Maris Sal (Dead Sea Water), Isohexadecane , Polysorbate-60, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate\ Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob Bean) Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Propanediol (Corn-derived Glycol), Dunaliella Salina (Dead Sea Alga) Extract, Oleyl Erucate, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Lecithin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Beta-Sitosterol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, 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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