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. says

    i almost missed the synthetic part..boy…i heard that semen is actually good for the skin too, its high on antioxidant and protein… i wonder.

  2. beautifulwithbrains says

    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..

  3. Terri Ruecker says

    I have spent literally thousands of dollars on lotions, creams, salves, ointments because of my extremely dry, flakey skin. My sisters used to tease me and call me “alligator skin” I’ve been to dermatologists and have bought their creamers which are manufactured in other countries and come with a high price tag. I’ve taken vitamins, herbs, minerals all to no avail. One day I chanced upon an article recommending products with UREA . I finally found a lotion that contains the product and I swear that almost over night my skin was transformed. I love love love it and I’m just sad that it took me 50 years to find it. I’ll never use anything else…I use it on my entire body and like a miracle I no longer have skin that flakes off, cracks, causes bumps or itches. I am the happiest woman ever and my daughter commented how nice my skin looks. I am 68 years old.

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