Does not smell, is white and looks inconspicuous. Nevertheless: This substance really has it all when it comes to well-cared for and well-hydrated skin. We're talking about urea, also known as urea. We wanted to know what it is good for and what this material is actually made of.
What is urea?
The word urea comes from the Greekouron and translates as urine. So the German equivalent is urea. However, that sounds Englishurea more pleasant, that's why the cosmetics industry, including us, like to use this variant.k.
But what is urine looking for in your cosmetics
First of all, urea is a metabolic product that our body produces in the urea cycle and transports it through urine and sweat. It is indispensable for important biological processes because it is indispensable for the formation of proteins. But it is also one of the most widely used substances in medical and industrial areas: Urea makes many ointments and creams effective, but the substance can also be used to produce fertilizers, adhesives or impregnating agents.
In fact, the substance was previously obtained from urine, namely from that of horses. But nobody does that anymore: Synthetically produced urea is chemically identical and more hygienic, after all, it no longer has anything to do with horse excrement. Synthetic, pure urea is white and crystalline, has no odor and is also a non-toxic, hygienic solid, after all, it is also called carbonic acid diamide or carbamide.t.
By the way: Urea plays a crucial role in the history of science. In the 19th century, researchers succeeded for the first time in using urea, a metabolic productexclusively artificially made from inorganic substances in the laboratory. Urea thus marks the beginning of biochemistry.
Perfect for the skin: urea binds moisture
Normal, healthy skin forms its own moisture barrier with water and fats on the upper skin layer. The body's own urea is also involved here, because it gets up through sweatthe skin and unfolds itshygroscopic effect: Urea binds moisture and stores it in the skin! Urea makes up seven percent of the natural moisture factor of the horny layer.
Many people suffer from dry skin. One possible reason is that the skin cannot properly build or hold this moisture barrier itself. Changing environmental influences such asin the winter can also be involved. The result: the skin is rough and dry, brittle and tends to wrinkle more quickly.
With urea in creams you have the perfect moisturizer
Urea is particularly well tolerated by the skin and is considered to be free of side effects. After all, it occurs as an endogenous substance in the human hydration system.The moisture-binding function can also be applied using creams on the skin Instruct.
Urea thus supports the body's own hydration process and stimulates it: it binds water in the tissue of the horny layer and reduces the overproduction of skin cells. In this context, another effect of urea shows its usefulness: urea iskeratolyticThat is, it loosens the bonds of dead skin cells in the cornea. If you use products with urea, you improve your own natural peeling and promote smoother skin.t.
Products with a balanced urea content of up to five percent hydrate, counteract dry skin and thus prevent wrinkles. Pharmaceuticals use higher concentrations of over ten percent to treat acute skin diseases such as ichthyosis, psoriasis or neurodermatitis. A higher dosage is an exception, however, as it can lead to skin irritation if used continuously.n.
There is a good reason why high-quality cosmetic products rely on a moderate proportion of urea: It is an effective, antibacterial and also well-tolerated moisture store– perfect for dry skin! Due to its properties and its function, it is also known as the natural moisturizing factor.t.
But: Urea does not appear in every care product! Many manufacturers save costs by omitting this effective substance.
The Hydra Defense Cream relies on urea for moisturizing
For daily facial care you should use a skin care cream that has a balanced proportion of urea. In this way, you keep the hydration of your sensitive facial skin in balance and fight tired-looking skin and wrinkles.
Under scientific guidance, we developed the formulation of the Hydra Defense Cream especially for men. In addition to other moisturizing substances, we use a urea content of two percent so that you can keep the moisture balance of your skin at a good level. Give it a try: You get the Hydra Defense Creamst in our shop.
Do something about dry skin! And as always: #staysober