Urea plays a vital part in keeping skin moisturized, supple and well nourish. Lack of natural urea can lead to dry and scaly skin conditions. Skincare products like Bare Urea Gel significantly help to prevent, care and treat extreme sensitive and dry skin conditions by replacing and maintaining urea levels in the skin.
What is Urea?
Urea is a naturally occurring compound found at the surface layer of the skin (epidermis), and plays a vital role in maintaining the skin’s moisture balance. It is non-toxic, non-allergenic, colorless and odorless. It is one of the three Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF’s) present in our skin, other two being Lactic Acid and Amino Acids. Urea is one of the most effective natural moisturizers. Skin makes urea from protein and it represents 7% of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) in the outer layer (stratum corneum) of skin.
Healthy skin naturally contains urea, but when the skin is dry, or due to some skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, the level of urea in the skin plummets. A healthy epidermis contains approximately 28 micrograms of Urea per 2.5 square centimeters. Urea concentration is reduced by 50% in dry skin conditions, 40% in skin affected by Psoriasis and 85% in skin in affected by Atopic Eczema.
When urea levels reduce in the skin, the water binding capacity of the skin reduces as well. This loss of moisture leads to skin irritation and rough, tight, scaly or flaky skin conditions.
How Urea Helps Moisturize Skin?
When urea is applied directly to the skin, it increases the moisture binding capacity of the skin, thereby it rehydrates and softens the skin. Urea is quickly penetrates the skin and re-hydrate the Corneum. It is the best ingredient to get rid of cracking, dry and rough skin conditions. Urea also helps reduce the cycle of skin irritation and itching.
Urea proteolytic characteristics are very well documented. It modifies the structure of amino-chains as well as of polypeptides which helps in skin moisturization.
Benefits of Urea to Skin
1. Retains Moisture
Products that contain urea such Bare Urea gel can effectively lessen the symptoms of dry skin. Urea enhances skin’s water-binding capacity, which means it effectively locks in the moisture required by the skin. Thus, it provides quick relief from dry skin conditions.
2. Enhanced Barrier Maintenance
The skin barrier is crucial to maintain acid mantle. Urea helps by speeding up the renewal of skin cells, which keeps the skin looking healthy and supple. It also helps fight allergies by providing shield against resist irritants.
3. Quick Pain Relief
Urea has anaesthetic qualities and can be effectively used for local pain relief. This is especially important if you have dry skin conditions. It breaks the cycle of flare-ups and gives relief from inflammation.
4. Skin Exfoliation
Urea proves to be beneficial for people with sensitive skin. It helps in skin exfoliation which can be challenging especially for those with sensitive skin. Urea can naturally and gently remove dead cells from the surface of the skin.
5. Urea is Permeable
Urea increases the skin’s permeability. It not only easily penetrates and heals the skin, but also allows other active ingredients to pass through outer layer of skin more easily.
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