The Dead Sea, located in Israel, is also known as the "lowest health spa in the world". It has a large proportion of salts and minerals in the water and mud, that make a unique, nourishing, age defying, and healing potion for the skin. I mentioned in my first post that AHAVA Dead Sea Laboratories is a company which began in 1988, to take advantage of the ever healing Dead Sea water and mud to create the finest, nature-inspired body products. Now, in 2012, AHAVA Active DeadSea Minerals has an array of products, including cleansers and toners, makeup, serums, sun care and moisturizers.
What I love about AHAVA is that all of their products are paraben free, SLS/SLES free, free of petroleum, synthetic ingredients and GMOs, they do not test on animals, all is approved for sensitive skin and AHAVA is formulated using Dead Sea water, mineral mud and sea salt. The bonus is that the majority of AHAVA's products are gluten free (not the Mineral Foot Cream though)!
A few similarities that I have found with the four products I have reviewed, is their refreshing, beautiful scent, and the remarkably smooth, gentle effect it has on the skin. Not only is AHAVA smooth, velvety and fresh smelling, but all of the products also have an invigorating feel. I actually found this similarity across all 8 products that I have reviewed.
A couple of the products I reviewed in August were Age Control products, which at the moment I don't quite need yet. However, it's never too early to start preventing skin from aging!
I really wanted to review products that would show effects on my mid-20s skin though, just to prove how great these products really are, and to share them with people of all ages.
Time to Hydrate Hydration Mask - $30.00
Apparently this mask can provide an instant hydration boost within 3 minutes. The instructions say to apply 1-2 times a week, rinsing off after 3-5 minutes, or can be left on over night. I didn't find it to have much of an effect after a few minutes, but leaving it over night worked wonders. At first I assumed 'Mask' was just to do with the face. However, I hardly used this mask on my face. I would rub it into my hands and feet before bedtime, and let the thick, creamy moisturizer work it's magic overnight. It was a great treatment for my dry, cracked skin this winter, and I really enjoyed how my hands (and feet) felt the next morning. The scent was very lovely too - floral mixed with a bit of spice.
Deadsea Plants Firming Body Cream - $38.50
"A nourishing anti-aging cream that defines body's contours and recovers lost skin firmness". To be honest, I don't really understand how a cream can "define" a body's contours. I understand that certain ingredients can help with collagen repair and firm up elastin in the skin, but I truly believe that without a healthy diet and frequent exercise, no magic cream or potion on this Earth can change the shape of our bodies. However, I did like to believe that this cream was helping to firm up my core and bum. I wasn't just using this cream alone to make me feel more comfortable in my body - at the time I was using this cream, I was also working out frequently and enjoying healthy foods. I would like to think it helped firm up my problem areas, but I really don't know how much of a difference this cream can make. AHAVA claims that 82% saw an improvement in skin firmness and tightness, but that was only from a survey of 50 women, and perhaps these women were also healthy active individuals. I'm not going to bash this though - I really liked the scent and feel of the cream and I'm not saying I won't use it again!
Mineral Foot Cream *NOT GLUTEN FREE* - $20
For those of you who are severe Celiacs or very sensitive to gluten, a body moisturizer or cosmetic that contains gluten may cause irritations on your body. This Foot Cream does unfortunately contain wheat germ, therefore it is not gluten free. Although the skin is the largest organ and absorbs anything put on it, my feet did not react to this - but please do not use it if you have any hesitations.
I was interested in trying this Mineral Foot Cream, because I fell in love with the Mineral Hand Cream (which does not contain gluten). I loved the feeling of the hand cream, it made my hands feel like I was wearing silk gloves, and I absolutely loved the smell. Fortunately this foot cream does the same thing. It smells delicate and feminine, and leaves a silky slipper over the foot. I would apply this before bed - on the days that I wasn't using the Hydration Mask - and the next morning my feet felt very nourished. The cream contains avocado, almond and jojoba oil (along with wheat germ), which help soften and nourish the feet. It also contains: aloe vera, which acts as a soothing agent; tea tree oil which contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and salicylic acid to help skin renewal.
Although it helped my feet, I didn't really like the idea of putting something on my skin that contained gluten. If you aren't gluten free though - I would highly recommend this!
I've never really used a body exfoliator in the shower, but after using this I am hooked. This exfoliator provides a "2-in-1 daily cleansing and nourishing" experience, as it cleanses and renews the skin. It is infused with dead sea water (of course) and red seaweed granules, which you can actually see.
I really liked the feeling of my skin after this, and the days I didn't exfoliate, I could definitely feel a difference. I just felt like my skin felt more refreshed and free of any unwanted particles. It also had a refreshing floral smell. I would definitely recommend this. It doesn't feel like it's drying your skin out either.
Can you tell I really like AHAVA? Although I love it, the downside is that this product seems to be designed for women due to the floral scent. However, if you are a guy who likes flowery scented products, you will definitely like this! Another downside is the price, it is a bit pricey, but, a little goes a long way with AHAVA and my products have lasted quite some time! I would recommend this if you like silky skin and floral scented lotions - you won't be disappointed!