The hardest part about hitting the gym before work (aside from yanking yourself out of bed predawn) has got to be the showering situation, whether your workout spot is sans shower or you don't want to risk wetting your strands. That's why I started carrying Dead Sea Essentials by Ahava Refreshing Body Spa Towelettes ($7, exclusively at Target) in my gym bag. These oversize wipes are your go-to when your post-workout shower is a no-go. Sweetly scented like hibiscus flowers, the towelettes are ideal for sweeping under your arms, across your décolletage, and anywhere else you need a little freshening up, effectively poking a hole in your last excuse for not going to the gym. Sorry about that.
Though this product didn't really exfoliate a lot (maybe it was too subtle for me), it is one of the best daily body washes I've found. The cleansing is really nice, [and] it leaves my skin soft, clean, and happy. And the fragrance is, for wont of a more suitable word, uplifting. It is very subtle, does not interfere with your fragrance, and does not linger. . . But in one of my most depressing winters when I was not used to the long, dark winters of the north, I would feel much much better after a shower with this.
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The Dead Sea has long been lauded for its beauty benefits, as it has a higher concentration of minerals than anywhere in the world. The Israeli skin- and haircare line Ahava uses research conducted on such minerals in its products. I'd been a devoted fan of Ahava Nail Hardener for years, until one day it disappeared from my apartment. Weeks went by with me searching in cabinets and drawers, under the bed, in different purses (did I take it somewhere?), until the guy I was seeing — a guitarist — came clean: he was using it to strengthen his nails. So was his whole band. And they wanted more.
The idea of getting $14 nail polish for a bunch of rockers was so entertaining that I did, and before long, their girlfriends, mothers, sisters, and houseguests were on the Ahava Nail Hardener train. And for good reason: this product dries fast, doesn't smell quite as bad as similar products, and leaves nails looking and feeling healthy using minerals and calcium from the Dead Sea. Nails have a natural-looking gloss and seem to grow faster and stronger. Give it a try, but please don't steal mine.
In honor of Sun Safety Week (June 8th-14th), I've decided to bring you a five-post series on beauty products that contain SPF. And I'm not talking SPF 4, 6, or 8, I'm talking the big numbers to keep your looks preserved, your skin protected and your body healthy and happy. Today's topic is facial moisturizers and below are three great products that have piqued my interest. What's your favorite SPF lotion?
I haven't tried anything from Ahava except for their Purifying Dead Sea Mask and I loved it, so when I heard that they launched a line of Mineral Sun Care products I was intrigued, especially with the Anti-Aging Moisturizer with SPF 50 ($25). It claims to guard your skin from both UVA and UVB rays and it's formulated for sensitive skin.
Last Summer, Kiehl's launched the UV Protective Face and Body Sunscreens with SPF 20 ($32.50), which I love. The big news is that they've already released the same version but with SPF 50 overseas and plan to launch it in the US next year — how's that for early buzz!
The sun creams are formulated with Mexoryl technology to ensure that UVA and UVB rays are blocked from penetrating your skin. They are photostable, non-greasy, fragrance-free and sweat resistant, however, they are lightweight in texture so they won't clog your pores.
For one more facial moisturizer with SPF, read more