Product Review: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is one of those wonderful discoveries as a makeup artist… when you wonder where this product has been all your life. These days, I’m doing a lot of ‘outdoor’ shoots, and the combination of sunshine and salty sea air (we’re mostly at the beach) is wreaking havoc on the my model’s skin. Last week, I rubbed a little of this cream on a model’s flaky nose and POOF! Flakes gone.

The Claim:
“Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream soothes and moisturizes dry skin. This glycerin-based cream is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin B2, and camphor. It has a uniquely high glycerin content and absorbability achieved through a special manufacturing process which makes Yu-Be so effective. Use it to smooth rough, dry patches on hands, elbows, knees, and feet. It softens and reduces tough calluses, including hard, cracked heels, and helps heal and prevent split cuticles. It replenishes lost moisture from water damage or frequent hand washing, helps heal and minimize scarring from burns, and protects skin exposed to cold, wind, and water.”

Invented in 1957 by a Japanese pharmacist, Yu-Be is the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skincare cream in Japan today. Yu-Be is safe and effective for the whole family. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and stays locked in for hours.

1.7 oz tube

Pros:
It dries matte. This is HUGE. There’s nothing worse than trying to deal with a dry skin patch or problem and ending up with a greasy, slippery mess. I can put this cream on, and put makeup RIGHT over it, with no problem. There’s no shine, and no slip.

Cons:
It stinks. Okay… ‘stinks’ is a strong word. The formula is loaded with camphor. I don’t know if you guys have ever gotten a whiff of camphor, but it’s strong… and not so pleasant. The good news is, the scent disappears after about 5 minutes. But it can be a shock when you first put it on. It’s not a sexy smell at all, and takes some getting used to.

 2.5 oz jar

Ingredients:
Glycerin, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Camphor, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Hydrogenated coco-glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, EDTA, Methylparaben.

I like it. I like it a LOT. Almost immediately after I cracked the first tube, I hit the Sephora website and ordered a full jar and another tube. It’s one of those things that I think my kit should never be without.

I also tried the lip therapy:

I found it to be functional.  Not amazing… just functional. It gets the job done. I’d say the crown jewel is definitely the skin cream. I really like it. It’s a definite keeper for me.

You can find out more about Yu-Be products HERE.

*pr sample