Urine therapy is the latest beauty trend

There are always odd health and beauty trends out there, and this is one of the weirdest yet. "Urine therapy" is apparently the next big thing in skincare.

Urine therapy is the act of collecting your own urine and proceeding to wash your face and body with it. According to dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, this can actually benefit your skin. She told Marie Claire that due to urine's anti-fungal and antibacterial traits, urine can act as an effective cleanser and toner.

"We already use urea, a component of urine, in a lot of skincare products," Nazarian said. "Urine is essentially mostly water—but a small percentage is urea."

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1. Basil 

The green herb is a far better astringent than alcohol (or those harsh acne treatments full of benzoyl peroxide), according to the experts at Little Barn Apothecary. “[Basil] helps to pull things from the skin and acts as an antiseptic,” Scoggins explains. “It’ll help with any inflammation that’s commonly associated with acneic skin and helps to regulate oil production, which is a culprit behind some breakouts.” Don’t have a product featuring basil? Scoggins says that for a DIY cleansing mask, you can simply mash up a few stems and smear them on your face.

2. Cajeput

“The cajeput is similar to tea tree,” says Scoggins. “It’s distilled from the bark of the white wood tree. It’s really good for astringent properties and clearing inflammation. Plus, it’s also antiseptic so it helps to eliminate the bacteria that’s causing breakouts.” And, like basil, this herb is a great ingredient to look for if you have whiteheads.

3. Lavender

As you probably guessed, lavender is all about calming. “If you have redness,  you can incorporate lavender to reduce it and calm the skin,” says Scoggins. “It’s also great on the senses; it helps with relaxation and creates a little zen moment.”

4. Chamomile 

“Chamomile is another herb that’s really great for cleansing the skin,” Scoggins explains. He advises mixing it with natural clays and oatmeal to create a calming facial buff—or look for it in an all-natural cleanser.

5. Rose oil

Rose oil is another calming powerhouse, and it happens to be a incredible antidote to those annoying pre-period flare-ups. “Hormonal acne responds really well to rose,” says Scoggins. “There’s a lot of balancing in rose oil, which comes from the petals, so that is great to use for targeting breakouts [related to your cycle].”

6. Geranium

If your breakouts are of the blackhead variety, look for geranium in your skin-care products. “Geranium oil helps to slow down the effects of aging and regulate your oil production,” says Scoggins. That’s key because, as he explains, blackheads “pop up when you have an overproduction of oil and clogged pores.”

7. Blue yarrow

This beautiful herb is not as delicate as it looks in its natural form. “Blue yarrow is a really powerful astringent that will help to promote skin healing, and it’s one of those very antiseptic herbs which rids skin of bacteria and prevents breakouts,” notes Scoggins. “It’s good for inflammed skin as well as blackheads.” Reach for it when your skin is in full-on freakout mode.

8. Hibiscus 

Looking for an anti-aging boost to your skin-care regimen? Turn to this floral stunner. “Hibiscus has been called nature’s Botox,” says Morgan. “It’s also great for clearing and helping to firm the skin. It helps with fine lines and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles.” In other words, it’s pretty but powerful.


It's said that urine has the ability to not only clean the skin but clear breakouts, reduce appearance of scars and help treat Keratosis pilaris, or the "chicken skin" that appears on the back of arms and thighs.

Not only that, but it can also moisturize and exfoliate. According to Nazarian, "Urea acts as an 'exfoliant' of sorts by breaking down the rough skin and exposing a smoother, softer skin."

Apparently, this trend is not new, either: French women would take urine baths as far back as the eighteenth century. Whether it will catch on again, however, has yet to be determined.

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