We’ve all experienced the tight, rough and flaky skin associated with dry and irritated skin. Anything from harsh soaps to the weather can trigger these cosmetic concerns but how can we treat it? Eucerin have formulated their Dry Skin Relief Face Cream with 5% Urea, a natural moisturising factor, to give our skin that extra hydration hit.

The Claims

Eucerin promises to ‘intensively moisturise dry, tight, rough and flaky facial skin’. But there are hundreds of products out there already, which are designed to hydrate your skin so what sets Eucerin apart from the crowd? Let’s take a look at the ingredients and find out!

The Science behind the Bottle

Urea

Sounds like urine, right? Yep, that’s where urea is found (not to worry though, it is made artificially for products such as this cream!). It is naturally found in the outer layer of healthy skin, where it plays a vital role in maintaining the skin’s moisture balance. Urea is hygroscopic, simply meaning it is good at clinging onto water, and so reducing the amount of water that is lost into the atmosphere though transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Reduced levels of urea in our skin decreases the ability of our skin to hold onto moisture, resulting in rough, flaky and irritated skin. Urea has been used in medical treatments for skin conditions such as eczema for dry skin and we can see why! Urea might just be our new skin saviour.

Glycerin

Glycerin works in a similar way to urea, boosting the moisturising factor of this cream. Like urea, it is a humectant, meaning it can draw water up from the lower layers of skin to leave us with a plumped-up and hydrated complexion.

Lactic Acid

If lactic acid isn’t ringing any bells, then we’re sure you’ll be familiar with AHA’s! Lactic acid comes under the alpha hydroxy acid umbrella and is able to weaken the connections that holds skin cells together. This allows the top layers of dead skin cells to be removed, transforming our complexions from dull to dazzling within minutes and making dry, flaky skin a thing of the past.

The Verdict  

We’re incredibly impressed with urea for its ability to attract water to the outer layer of skin and keep it there! The result is hydrated, healthy and smooth skin – who doesn’t want that? Backed up by our all-time favourite moisturising ingredient glycerin for an extra hit of hydration and lactic acid to exfoliate away those dead skin cells, Eucerin have certainly got it right with their Dry Skin Relief Cream! For only £11, we really can’t fault it.

Click here to purchase Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Face Cream 5% Urea.

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