Urea is a component of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) produced by the skin. Urea is a humectant, which means it is able to absorb moisture from the environment and draw it to the skin. This ingredient is also an emollient that softens and smoothes the skin.
Urea helps improve the appearance of patches of dry, rough, scaly skin in two ways. This ingredient helps provides hydration to smooth texture, and it also works to help thin the build up of dead skin cells.
Urea’s humectant properties make it an ideal ingredient for dry skin.
Urea can be found in a variety of skincare formulations, including body washes, lotions and creams. Because of its hydrating properties and ability to help remove the build-up of excess dead skin cells.
Urea is relevant for body use due to its moisturizing and skin-softening effects on thick, rough or callused skin—such as feet, knees, elbows.
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