Urea is a naturally occurring nitrogen compound that is a potent moisturizer and skin-soothing ingredient. It is part of the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of the skin. It is a naturally occurring compound, appearing in our urine and that of all mammals, but it is manufactured synthetically on a large scale worldwide as it is used in many industrial processes.
With its ability to disrupt the noncovalent bonds in proteins, urea can be a powerful protein denaturant. This keratolytic property can be exploited in topical preparations containing high amounts of urea where it is used to help with the rapid turnover of skin cells leading to the improvement of dry scaly skin.
Urea is both a humectant and moisturizer that promotes rehydration of the skin and helps to replenish natural urea content of the skin lost with cleansing. While the mechanism of action remains unclear, Urea, applied topically, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent on dermatalogically compromised skin.
Urea is readily soluble: 1 gram dissolves in 1 ml water, 10ml of 95% alcohol or 2 ml of glycerol.
- Excellent moisturizer and humectant
- Replenishes natural urea content in skin after cleansing (avoids dryness)
- Keratolytic properties (skin-exfoliating) at higher concentrations
- Has purifying and deodorizing effects
CAS NO: 57-13-6
Solubility: Water soluble, also partially soluble in ethanol and glycerol.
Recommended Usage Rate: 2 – 15%, up to 30%
Appearance: White to off-white crystal.
Country of Origin: USA
Application: Creams and lotions for dry skin, Sun and after-sun lotions, Shampoos and, body washes, Body scrubs, Cracked heal and elbow moisturizers.
Packaging: Our powders are packed in water proof zip lock pouches avoid spillage.
Recommended Storage: Our powders should be stored in cool temperatures away from direct sunlight and moisture in an airtight container. (Current Lot will expire: 10-2025)
DISCLAIMER: All SOPHIX NATURAL PRODUCTS are for external use only unless otherwise STATED. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.