What is Urea and How Does It Help Your Skin?

Did you know that not all ingredients in skin care products are created equally? Depending on the cost of the ingredients, manufacturers may elect to use certain ingredients over others. In the end, it’s important to understand what the ingredients in your skin care products are and what role they play.

What is Urea?

When we formulated Spadané, we wanted to use high-end ingredients that are safe and effective. One of the active ingredients that we chose for our Spadané skin care products is called urea, also known as carbamide-containing cream. Urea is naturally found in the surface layer of our skin and is a humectant which helps keep the skin moisturized. As such, urea is used in certain skin care products to treat dry and itchy skin that is associated with psoriasis, dermatitis, or ichthyosis.  Urea is also an excellent moisturizer for mildly dry to normal skin, too.

What Does Urea Do for My Skin?

Urea works by penetrating the outer layer of skin where it absorbs and retains water. This, in turn, allows the skin to hold more moisture and rehydrate. Unlike other “moisturizing” ingredients that only coat the surface of your skin, urea actually improves your skin’s ability to retain moisture. This makes it ideal for treating ongoing dry skin issues. By using skin care products with urea, your skin will stay moisturized longer, which will help protect you from infection and illness, as well as keep your skin feeling great.

Another benefit of urea is that it acts as a natural exfoliator thanks to its keratolytic properties. It breaks down the cells of the top layer of the epidermis and loosens scaly, dead skin cells. Then, as the urea penetrates deeper into the skin, it holds in moisture, allowing the skin to rejuvenate from the inside out. This aids in healing wounded areas and allows for other skin care ingredients to absorb into the skin and work more effectively.

If you’re looking for a powerful hydrating ingredient in your skin care lineup, then we encourage you to try our Spadané Skin Renewing Lotion. It leaves no greasy residue and delivers results that last, making it a pleasure to use in your daily care.