Know Your Ingredients: Urea

Urea molecular structure

What it is
Urea is a component of urine. However, Urea found in cosmetics is synthetically made in a lab.

What it does
Urea has water-binding properties that keep skin soft and hydrated.
In addition, urea has exfoliating properties.

Side effects
When used in large quantities, Urea can be irritating and cause inflammation.

(Sources: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, January-February 2002 and Contact Dermatitis, June 2004)

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  1. prettybeautiful: I know what you mean, but it is. And thank goodness it is synthetic!

    Dao: I know, I’m one of those people lol. I still use it cos it is good and that’s what really matters but still I’d rather it had a different name lol.

    Lydia: Exactly my thought lol.

    Jnie: thank goodness it is synthetic cos I don’t think many people would use it otherwise. I’ve heard that too but as far as I know thre are no scientific studis to support the claim yet so I’m still a bit sceptical. I guess we’ll have to wait and see..

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