Urea is also known as carbamide or hydroxyethyl urea.
It is a naturally-occurring compound, produced in our bodies.
When protein is broken down into small, small pieces, this compound results.
It is a humectant or hygroscopic, which means it draws water to our skin and keeps it well-hydrated.
From our bodies, urea is secreted through:
A) sweat, and,
Urea secreted on our skin forms part of the natural moisturizer our skin produces to keep it healthy and protected.
As we age, less urea is secreted and this makes our skin look dull and dehydrated. This dehydration can lead to a variety of our skin issues such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Here’s where urea comes in to the picture. It can benefit our skin in the following ways:
2) Is a keratolytic, which means it breaks down debris from the topmost layer of our skin, to reveal fresh skin underneath.
3) Allows better penetration of other cosmetic ingredients in the skin.
4) Maintains the integrity of our skin barrier and prevents it from a multitude of skin concerns.