Move over snail slime, a new skincare ingredient is set to take 2020 by storm. And it’s definitely not something you’d expect.
Found in the urine of mammals, including humans, Urea, while not new to skincare, is a non-toxic protein by-product which plays an important role in the preservation of skin hydration and integrity.
Often listed as Carbamide in various skincare formulations, this naturally occurring compound is synthetically replicated in cosmetics to combat dry, itchy, and flaky skin by attracting and binding to water molecules. Improving skin barrier function, Urea is considered the go-to treatment for problematic skin conditions such as hyperkeratosis, calluses, corns, psoriasis and eczema.
Designed to complement an evening skincare regimen, Evidence Skincare (ESK) has announced its latest cosmeceutical release, the Hydroxy Overnight Mask. Formulated with 5% Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and 10% Urea, this versatile treatment actively assists in the management and treatment of acne, premature ageing and transepidermal water loss.
And lads, don’t think we’re immune to any of those.
Penetrating the top epidermal layers and dissolving the intercellular junction (desmosomes) between healthy and dead skin cells, the mask gently exfoliates the face by breaking down structural keratin proteins and softening cornified skin cells.
Considered a gentler alternative to Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Salicylic Acid effectively treats and manages acne lesions, including post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation, redness and pore size, by operating as a proven antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.
“Premature ageing is often packaged up with impaired skin barrier function,” says ESK co-founder Dr. Ginni Mansberg.
“Our skin is susceptible to both biological and environmental stressors, sometimes simultaneously, so it was important for us to create an affordable product that scientifically tackles multiple skin concerns at once. The Hydroxy Overnight Mask does this in as quickly as one application.”
Designed to be used on freshly cleansed skin 1-2 times per week as a sleeping mask – or as a spot treatment when needed – the Hydroxy Overnight Mask retails for $50 RRP and is available globally at www.eskcare.com.