One or the other might wonder about urea as an active ingredient. However, urea is very popular in cosmetics. In the following article you will learn more about the moisturizing properties of urea and why urea works so well against dry skin.
The term urea means urea. Urea is an end product of human metabolism and, among other things, a component of urine, but it also reaches the skin through sweat, for example, and makes up about seven percent of the natural moisturizing factors of the horny layer. One property is that urea protects the skin from dryness and also superficially smoothes the skin. Another property is that the ingredient is very skin-friendly. In addition, the active ingredient has a water-binding property and is therefore ideal to be used in cosmetics.
In the past, urea was obtained organically, but nowadays urea tends to be produced synthetically. Synthetic urea consists of carbon dioxide and ammonia. In a chemical process, which takes place under high temperature and pressure, the two components then combine to form urea.
As already mentioned in this article, urea is able to absorb, trap and release water. This makes the skin more moisturized and regulates the moisture content. A loss of moisture, e.g. due to external influences, can be counteracted with the help of regular use of products with urea. This can help cracked and dry skin, so that roughness, tension and itching are reduced. You can find the ingredient urea in alkmene’s MY TEA TREE OIL foot cream, for example, which provides intensive care for stressed feet. In combination with other active ingredients, such as glycerin, urea can develop its effect even better.
Since the active ingredient is very skin-friendly, the use of urea is harmless. For this reason, urea is also suitable as a long-term care. However, in case of skin diseases or higher urea concentrations, the advice of a dermatologist should be consulted.