This week, an ALDI customer noticed a peculiar ingredient in her skincare product, prompting her to declare she was throwing it out. But urea is way more common than you think.
ALDI skincare is considered super high quality, though a particular ingredient sent a customer into a spin this week.
Shared on Facebook, Shelley said she’d purchased Lacura You’s The Booster Hyaluronic Acid cream, only to discover one of the main ingredients was urea, a major component of urine.
“A bit more research when I got home to discover the secret formula … urea! Yup, mammal urine!’ she wrote on the ALDI Mums page.
“I’ll pass … Anyone up for a bit of wee on your face, help yourself to my unused purchase. It’s in my bin… I’ll keep my wrinkles.”
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While it’s understandable the customer would be a bit grossed out, urea is actually a really common ingredient in skincare, and rather than turn away in disgust, there are lots of customers who actively seek it out. But why?
“Urea minimises the change in the acid/base balance of a product when other ingredients are added to that product. It also slows the loss of moisture from a product during use,” says skincare expert Isabella Lonegran, founder of The Dermal Library.
“When used in the formulation of skincare products, urea increases the water content of the top layers of the skin, which is a major advantage for those that have dry skin.”
Indeed, urea has a ‘good’ rating in Paula’s Choice ingredients library, stating that in small amounts it aids absorption and offers mild exfoliation properties, too.
The site also notes: “[Urea is a] component of urine, although synthetic versions are used in cosmetics.”
The great thing about it is that it’s non-toxic and deemed a safe ingredient the world over. The only time you’d need to be cautious of it is if you have sensitive skin.
“People with extra sensitive skin or skin infections should avoid using products with urea as it has been suggested it can exacerbate those issues,” says Lonegran.
So go forth, dry skin friends!