At Sorevna, all our foot creams contain organic urea. You may be wondering, what exactly is urea? If you scan the ingredients of a large range of cosmetic products, you will find urea is a common ingredient used in haircare, skincare, and even makeup products. Urea is a highly effective moisturizer for dry skin, but more importantly, it aids in the management of dry or rough skin at the proper concentrations. We have delicately balanced the ratio of urea in our creams to maximize its benefits consistent with the current clinical literature without the need for other harsh chemicals or preservatives.
As a naturally occurring substance, urea is both a hygroscopic substance and humectant. You may have heard of the term “humectant” in skincare, especially when it comes to moisturizers. This is because humectants retain and preserve moisture and water content in the skin. On the other hand, hygroscopic substances are brilliant at absorbing water from their surroundings. This makes urea the perfect ingredient of choice for use in our foot creams.
What is Urea?
Human skin contains a natural moisturizing factor (NMF), which increases its water-binding capacity, maintains the skin's plasticity and optimizes its protective barrier. Urea accounts for about 7% of NMF. Urea is found in the human body as a byproduct of various different biological processes. Cosmetics use synthetic lab-made urea to treat rough skin conditions, hydrate callused skin and reduce dead skin buildup.
Benefits of Urea
With so many other moisturizing ingredients out there, what is it that makes urea special? Read on to find out the top benefits of organic urea in foot cream:
- We already know that urea is highly moisturizing, but it also has exfoliation properties. The process of exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the affected area, such as calluses. This is all without causing damage to the skin!
- One problem that comes with dry and hard skin on your feet is the formation of corns and calluses. These have the chance to grow when your feet are constantly being rubbed against the surface of your shoe or when you are on your feet for extended periods of time. Dry and hard skin as well as accumulation of dead skin cells can be prevented with a urea foot cream, reducing the chances of corn and callus development.
- Coming with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, urea is also an anti-pruritic ingredient that helps to relieve itching that may be present in dry and hard skin on the feet. This helps to speed up the process of recovery.
- Urea not only increases the water content of the skin on your feet, it also strengthens the topmost layer of skin, known as the epidermis. When you suffer from hard and dry skin on your feet, the focus is not just to get it removed, but to prevent the same thing from happening again. With a strong skin barrier that protects your feet from further damage and trauma, urea helps to reduce the chances of future foot infections.
How Does Urea Work in Skin Care Products?
Urea can help break down existing dead skin cells so it can be replaced by healthy skin cells. It also helps to treat dry skin by moisturizing living skin cells.
As an additive in skincare products, urea can help heal skin damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays and help with the effects of aging. Urea also helps skincare creams penetrate more deeply into target areas.
Is Urea in Foot Cream Harmful?
No. It has served as an effective topical treatment for over 100 years. Concerns surrounding urea's safety stem from a similar name to urea-formaldehyde, but the latter is an unrelated toxic ingredient found in adhesives. Urea is safe and generally well-tolerated by various skin types for multiple skin conditions.
However, it may temporarily irritate the eyes and lips, so avoid using urea-based products in these areas. In addition, pregnant or lactating individuals should practice caution and avoid urea until they're no longer nursing.
Get Urea Foot Cream from SorevnaIf you suffer from hard and dry skin on your feet or are looking to maintain your skin, try our foot creams from Sorevna. Our clinically proven ingredients provide creams that are formulated specifically for the feet. In addition, you can shop with peace of mind that we are committed to sustainability. If you have any queries or require more information about our products, please feel free to contact us.