"Urine Therapy" Is a Real Beauty Trend

If you're willing to go there...

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Let us just say, we don't condone bathroom talk. But if there are beauty benefits to reap, we're all ears.

So, funny thing, it has come to our attention that there are a slew of natural healthcare devotees who believe that urine is the best kept secret for glowing skin and a line-free face. As ridiculous (and unsavory) a concept it may be, let us pose it to you like this: French women took urine baths in the 18th century—so there must be something to it. Plus, chances are that urine has already worked itself into your skincare regimen. (Sorry.)

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"We already use urea, a component of urine, in a lot of skincare products," explains dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D., at Schweiger Dermatology Group. "Urine is essentially mostly water—but a small percentage is urea."

Well, okay then. Here, find a breakdown of *all* the ways the yellow, sterile stuff can make you prettier, should you be willing to go there.

It clears up breakouts

Coen van der Kroon, author of the book The Golden Fountain: The Complete Guide of Urine Therapy, suggests washing the face with fresh urine—since apparently the first pee of the day is most concentrated with nutrients and antibodies—which helps to combat breakouts. Urine's not only antifungal and antibacterial, both essential to clearing up acne, but is also said to be even cleaner than distilled water.

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It softens and moisturizing the skin

"Urea acts as an 'exfoliant' of sorts by breaking down the rough skin and exposing a smoother, softer skin," says Nazarian. Paired with its ability to help you retain water, it can be beneficial to your skin's overall health while leaving it soft to the touch. That's why women have gone so far as to add urine to their daily moisturizers to amplify its effects.

It's a spot treatment for blemishes

Much like a toner, putting fresh urine on a cotton ball, then applying it to a zit can reduce its inflammation and irritation.

It reduces the appearance of spots and scars

Urine is an antiseptic and solid moisturizing agent. If you gently massage it in on a spot or scar, it can help lighten marks.

It treats chicken skin

It can be useful for patients with Keratosis pilaris, an incredibly common condition that consists of rough bumps (AKA "chicken skin") on the backs of the upper arms and thighs, says Nazarian.

It prevents athlete's foot

Athlete's foot and Manolo Blahnik's do not a match make. Madonna famously revealed that she urinates on her feet while showering to prevent getting the skin disease. Knowing that urea is a natural antifungal and also naturally softens and exfoliates the skin, there seems to be something to that precaution. You do you, Madge.

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