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glowyskin
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Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:56 pm      Reply with quote
Urea turns out to be a good moisturizing / antibacterial/ gentle exfoliating ingredient suitable for sensitive skin. Alright, I have researched all day trying to find a face moisturizer containing <10% urea in an oil free or lightweight formulation. The only product I found was the Eucerin Face Cream 5% urea that is sold in the UK, but looks rather rich for my dehydrated, acne prone skin.

So, I embarked on a journey to see the origin of urea, and it comes from urine, which led to my next research topic. Turns out Urine is a sterile liquid, comprised of 95% water, 2.5% urea, and other minerals in small %. I found out that people drink it to improve liver, kidney and other body functions.

While, I have no intent of drinking this stuff, what about using it as a toner? The idea freaks me out, but if it will help my skin I would be willing to try it. Apparently, users at acne.org rave about it.

Any experience with topical urine therapy? Worth a try? Any over the counter products with urea worth considering?
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Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:40 am      Reply with quote
I haven't tried it as a toner personally, but I have read that it is used by monks for facial rejuvenation. Frankly if all you want is to get the exfoliating benefits of urea, then you are best off just sticking with a cream that contains urea. Alternatively look at getting a toner that contains glycolic or lactic acid for light daily exfoliation.

Although urine is sterile, it is also very nutrient rich, and once exposed to air, bacteria that are in the air will land on the urine and begin to multiply. Urine must either be used fresh (within 15 minutes of peeing) or aged for several weeks. There is a tradition of using aged urine for treating skin conditions. Just google urine topical skin and see what comes up.

As a side note, I have drunk my own urine as a therapy. I found it made no difference to my health or wellbeing, but then again, I wasn't sick at the time.

One last note - urea used to be extracted from human urine, but now is simply lab created. It's cheaper that way.
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Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:34 pm      Reply with quote
Right on, Louie! I tried drinking my own pee too (was having serious health problems at the time that made me pretty desperate). I think eating a lot of fruits and vegetables is more effective. I can't see there being any real benefit, as it is the body's waste. Any benefits are probably placebo...
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:44 pm      Reply with quote
I'll sure have to sneak around to try this. My family saw my cream containing snail slime and they're still needling me about it! Very Happy
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:53 pm      Reply with quote
i find this discussion interesting. i have wanted to try this for a while but felt too squeamish.

But after reading the thread, i massaged my pee into my face every morning for the last week. (the yogic tradition says it's best to us the mid portion of the first morning pee (various reasons for this including the build up of certain hormones in the body overnight)

i left in on my face for 1 hour most days and the whole day for two days in a row. (I am essentially a raw food vegan and my first pee of the day has barely any odor, thank God)

my skin is definetely and noticeably softer. But I am not sure whether i will continue or not.

as far as drinking it, it doesn't feel right to me at this point.

i did read that it was an immune enhancer, not so much a healer of specific diseases.

like others who posted here, i prefer to use other means for beauty and health, but i'm glad i experimented with this!

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:35 am      Reply with quote
OMG. I don't post here anymore but sometimes come back to browse once in a blue moon. People, it's not actual PEE that's going into these moisturizers. It's made in a lab. Confused

Before you go doing something like what Jasmin did, it might help to do your research first. Good skin care doesn't mean you have to do something like that. Rolling Eyes
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Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:03 am      Reply with quote
Hold on BellaKai - don't chuck baby out with bathwater. Urine therapy has been around for centuries and there are many who do it (as well as Jasmine) and there are many reported benefits to doing so (not that I do it I'm too chicken yet but if I had cause to do it for health you betcha I would).

Its not just rubbing your pee but the middle segment of your pee into your skin. As you say do your research first, but don't be surprised if you find many testimonials out there on urine therapy.
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OMG. I don't post here anymore but sometimes come back to browse once in a blue moon. People, it's not actual PEE that's going into these moisturizers. It's made in a lab. Confused

Before you go doing something like what Jasmin did, it might help to do your research first. Good skin care doesn't mean you have to do something like that. Rolling Eyes
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Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:07 pm      Reply with quote
I know that in emergency situations, urine can save the day if someone experiences a burn (such as stepping on a jelly fish). However, that is different than rubbing urine on your skin for vanity. There are much less disgusting alternatives. Laughing
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Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:23 am      Reply with quote
Well its just a perspective you have. When you say its “vanity” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the urine isn’t beneficial for the skin in helping it to be healthy. As my friend who drinks her own and rubs it into her face and whole body (yuck – I’m not that brave so kudos to her) says “I’d much rather use my own than someone elses”. Plus animal urine is used in some creams too. So I figure she has a point there. There are many proponents of urine therapy who think everyone should be doing it – and its health benefits have been known for ages. There are even books on the subject. So I’m thinking that if people want to do it (and do it properly) then as long as they are not harming anyone else (and getting good results) leave them to it!

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I know that in emergency situations, urine can save the day if someone experiences a burn (such as stepping on a jelly fish). However, that is different than rubbing urine on your skin for vanity. There are much less disgusting alternatives. Laughing
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Fri Jan 30, 2015 6:57 pm      Reply with quote
Drinking urine and using it for massage is an ancient yogic tradition from India (but I believe it also was roots in other ancient cultures, like China)

But in India, there are at least several prime ministers who drank there urine, including Nehru (and some say Ghandi)

I can see how practical it is, totally abundant and absolutely free!

I had wanted to try it for several decades now, and although I didn't feel inclined to drink it, it was interesting to rub it on my face for the week that I did.

I haven't continued and don't believe I will, although I might occasionally do so if I feel I need it, since it did soften my skin.


But, honestly, I was glad to stop!

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