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S42: Urea In Our Skincare

Hi Everyone! Maintaining  healthy skin moisture can be a challenge most especially during the winter.  It’s important to recognize ingredients in your skincare that can help keep your skin in balance and healthy. We have spoken on the importance of humectants on this podcast and urea is one listed many labels.  Is urea an ingredient that you’ll be comfortable using?  Although, controversial,  let’s investigate the facts and then each one of us decide.  After all, knowledge is key in making the “right” choices for oneself.   When reading this or listening please be sure to keep in mind that you are in partnership with your medical practitioner.  Do not change or stop any medical regiment in place for you without consulting with your physician.

The amount of urea used is generally anywhere up to 10%  and for many be a skin irritant. Urea is used as a preservative and to soften the skin as a moisturizing agent. Your sweat is mainly water but also  contains a small amount of  urea and it’s function is more so to regulate body temperature.  The body eliminates urea once it’s done with it through urine.  The urea in our skincare is synthetic (man-made) so now let’s talk about urea in our skincare products.

Let’s say we are the manufacturer of a particular skin care product intended to hydrate the skin.   We want a reasonably lengthy shelf-life, the ability to keep moisture in the product and keep bacteria fungus from growing in the product.  Considered a buffering agent and weak acid ( helps in keeping the pH  of product as intended) and a humectant.  It is believed by many to be a carcinogenic due to it’s ability to release formaldehyde.  Even the FDA (when investigating “Brazilian style’ Keratin-based hair straighteners” considers the amount of  formaldehyde found  in the product to be a known carcinogenic.   The urea in our skincare products are suppose to be in small amounts as to NOT be a formaldehyde releaser.  It’s not uncommon to have parabens in the mix of it all when reading the ingredients list.  So what do I think?  It’s a preservative that actually does work in  retaining moisture and softening skin but it is for many a skin irritant and I rather not use it.  I read my labels and try to make intelligent choices If the product is a combination of different ingredients when reading the label, I put it back on the shelf.  It’s that simple for me.

Skincare Talk Radio NEWS:  SHEA BUTTER
Shea butter:  A fantastic moisturizer! Caution:  If you have a nut allergy you may want to double check with your primary physician before  using Shea butter products.  Shea butter (tree nut)  is found in Africa on the Karite Shea tree and it’s loaded with vitamins A, E, F and can be used on Acne or those individuals suffering from Eczema.  It also has essential fatty acids which are power tools of the skin  Amongst,  the many benefits Shea  may also act as an ant-inflammatory most useful in “anti aging” and for acne sufferers.  It hydrates and soothes your skin.  Just a yummy product all around but always skin patch test everything even raw Shea butter.   

Product Line:  Shea Moisture   does NOT use any parabens, phthalates, paraffin, formaldehyde, propylene glycol,  mineral oil, syntheitic fragrance, petrolatum, synthetic color, DEA, nor animal testing.  The palm oil used in their products are fair trade and environmentally friendly. Shea Moisture make every effort to secure that each ingredient harvested for their products is done so with” sustaining nature and our environment”  in mind. 

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