How Urea Can Help with Your Extreme Dry Skin

All Posts, Sebameducation, Skincare Solutions October 22, 2019
Beat extreme dry skin
Beat your extreme dry skin once and for all
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Achieving youthful and supple skin may seem like a fantasy for those suffering from dry and rough-textured skin. However, all hope is not lost. Urea is a substance found in skin creams and lotions that has amazing benefits for extremely dry skin suffers. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the skin-transforming benefits of urea-based products.

What is Urea?

Urea is a naturally occurring substance found on the top layer of our skin. It is produced when the liver breaks down amino acids and ammonia. Urea is a major part of your natural moisturizing factor or the functions that keep our skin hydrated and protected. 

Healthy skin usually contains 28 micrograms of urea per square inch. However, dehydrated skin is deficient in this compound. Those with dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are said to have a 50-80% reduction of urea. Low levels of urea mean your skin has a harder time retaining moisture. 

Most moisturizers and creams on the market do not treat cases of severely rough and scaly skin. The difference between those products and products containing urea is that they work on a cellular level. That is why urea is essential for those wanting to improve their skin texture and treat extremely dry skin.

Benefits of Urea Skincare Products

Hydration

Urea regulates your skin’s moisture level and provides instant relief for dry and flaky skin. To explain, urea is a natural humectant which means it pulls water from the second layer of your skin and brings it to the top layer. 

Unlike healthy skin, dry skin does not retain moisture. Urea-based products not only hold on to water molecules but they prevent moisture from leaving the skin. In other words, urea gives your skin a serious boost of long-lasting hydration.

Exfoliation

Urea has keratolytic properties meaning it can remove dead skills cells and buff away scaly and rough skin. Urea also helps accelerate skin cell turnover, revealing softer and smoother skin.

Protection

With enhanced moisture and skin cell renewal, urea allows the skin’s barrier to fight environmental stresses and irritants. With regular use, urea-based products build a healthy protective layer that prevents premature aging and dry skin.

Penetration

Other skincare creams and moisturizers tend to sit on top of the skin, but products containing urea quickly and easily penetrate the skin’s top layer. When combined with anti-inflammatory topical steroids, urea improved their absorption and effectiveness. 

Our Recommendation

Urea is a powerful ingredient that can have miraculous effects on dry and textured skin. While it may be tempting to make it a permanent staple in your skincare routine, this is not necessary. 

Instead, it is recommended that you use urea skincare products to improve your skin’s condition. After you see improvements, you should then switch to products that will help maintain the health of your skin. 

If you suffer from dry skin, psoriasis, or eczema, we recommend the SebaMed for Extra Dry Skin with Urea kit. This kit contains body lotion containing 10% urea, a face cream containing 5% urea, and a 5% urea shampoo that soothes a dry and itchy scalp. 

It is worth mentioning that urea-based skincare products have a pH of around 6.5, this brings the skin to a less ideal alkaline value. To balance your skin’s pH, daily cleansing with a pH balanced cleanser is advised. The SebaMed Fragrance-Free Gentle Hydrating Cleanser brings your skin to the ideal pH level while moisturizing.

Healthy and glowing skin is within your reach. All you need is this perfectly curated skincare regime with urea included.

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