Discover for treatment towards the harsh Mediterranean sun, Israeli skincare experts developed products so effective they’re sought after the world over.
Israelis are just as enamored of the skincare and beauty regimes much like most other Western nationalities. Maybe even more so; after all, this is a country in which the sun shines for a lot of the year, wreaking havoc on skin, whether it’s in your face or your feet.And thus, Israeli companies produce their own antidotes towards the harsh Mediterranean sun, creating items that have ended up in the global drugstore because they’re so good.
Consulted with local cosmeticians, beauty editors and skincare experts to have their take on which products deliver results.
- Obey The body peeling gel: Finally, “beauty generalist and popular culture scientist” Amber recommends another Dead Sea product, but in the unlikely venue of one from the kiosks staffed by young Israelis found in numerous American malls. Her pick is Obey The body, which includes a “phenom” body/hand lotion as well as peeling gel about which she’s “wildly impressed.”
- Sabon’s Organic Hand Cream: SugarShock’s other Israeli favorite is Sabon’s Organic Hand Cream, from the organic line of skincare products approved by leading organic authority EcoCert. Free from parabens and sulfates, the face and the body products nurture skin with extracts in the Swiss Alps. The Sabon Organic Hand Cream is a salve rich in olive and macadamia oils, shea butter, aloe and e vitamin “that nourishes hands without feeling greasy.” And like several Sabon products, “the smell is divine”: A rejuvenating lemony/botanical smell that’s uplifting but won’t overpower any existing fragrance you’re wearing, says Vinakmens.
- Ahava Sun-protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30: The third Ahava product out there is Ahava Sun Protection Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30, considered the very best mineral sunscreen by Self Magazine Beauty Awards 2008. Based on the judges, the sun block “soaked in faster than other chalky formulas,” with aloe vera to calm sun-exposed skin, in addition to minerals to protect against toxin damage, it deserves all of the accolades it gets.
- Sabon’s Lemon Loofah soap: The bloggers at Product Girl like Sabon, the Israeli bath product, skincare and soap shop now present in Chicago, New York and Boston, with natural offerings produced from Dead Sea ingredients utilizing a secret Australian recipe. Christina’s personal treat may be the Lemon Loofah soap, made of glycerin and containing actual loofah bits to have an easy exfoliation process that invigorates and doesn’t strip moisture in the skin. With 50 locations worldwide, take a look at their website for a location in your area.
- Gigi face cream: Jerusalem cosmetician Avishag Zakkai has been using Gigi face cream on her discerning skin-care clientele for the past Ten years. “It really penetrates the skin and keeps it supple and moist,” says Zakkai. While Gigi Cosmetic Laboratories is just one of Israel’s smaller cosmetic companies, it features a fairly long history, being established back in 1957 by Eliezer Landau. Gigi’s type of 400 skincare products are unavailable in pharmacies, but can usually be located in cosmetics studios and spas.
- Ahava Butter Salt body scrub: One of the beauty product aficionados, blogger Product Girl likes the Ahava body scrub Butter Salt, in the Pure Spa line. Rather than the usual “oily, coarse salt scrubs” which are “so unappealing,” Ahava’s body scrub is dry, and needs a small amount of water before being rubbed to your skin for optimum moisturization and exfoliation.“The scent is soothing – Mandarin and Cedarwood – and clings lightly towards the skin. By the time your scrubbing is finished, the product has evolved into a lotion consistency, sealing in moisture.” She tells readers to check on it out at any Ulta store.
- Anna Lotan’s pineapple scrub: Israeli feet have a beating, given the long summers of wearing sandals and flip-flops, as well as the salty Mediterranean Sea, which wears away in the skin on heels and toes. Anna Lotan’s pineapple scrub is “the best antidote” to rough, dried-out skin, according to Zakkai, who also ministers towards the feet.Made by Anna Lotan Bio-Cosmetic Laboratories, which manufactures professional skincare products for licensed skincare professionals, as well as a line of retail products, the organization specializes in formulas for dry, dehydrated, oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin tones.Anna Lotan, an active esthetician and teacher, puts her name behind these products, all of which are environmentally friendly and carry the PETA symbol.