I was wandering around the bath section in Anthropologie yesterday when I spotted this odd-looking orange tube.
I thought it was candy from afar, but it’s actually Yu Be Moisturizing Cream ($15 for 1.25 oz) from Japan. It totally looks like something I’d find on a dusty shelf at Long’s Drugstore in Hawaii (NOTE: Long’s carries lots of interesting Asian beauty brands). It kinda looked out of place amongst the girly, froo-froo bath products at Anthropologie.
Yu Be is a glycerin-based moisturizing cream packed with vitamins E, B2 and camphor (stinky!). It’s used to treat split cuticles, chapped lips, cracked heels, calluses burns and severe dry skin.
According to the company history printed on the back, Yu Be’s been around since the late 1950s.
“World-class mountain climbers from Japan use it moisturize and protect their skin from the extreme cold and wind on expeditions to the summit of Mt. Everest.”
If it’s good enough for extreme climbers, it’s gotta be good enough for me, right?
I don’t know… I’ve got some hella dry alligator skin and crusty cuticles.
The thick, custard-colored cream gives off a very strong, medicinal camphor scent.
I worked a pea-sized amount all over my hands and into my cuticles. The cream feels thick but absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy film.
Thankfully, the freakishly strong camphor scent faded quickly (or I got used to it), and within five minutes I couldn’t smell it at all.
I kept checking how my hands felt throughout the day. Even after I’d washed my hands a couple times, I could still feel it, especially around my cuticles. No doubt, my hands felt more soft and supple than usual.
Pretty amazing stuff.
I can see why Yu Be Moisturizing Cream is “The #1 Selling Medicated, Vitamin-Enriched Skin Cream in Japan.” This stuff is fabulous and moisturizes like a mo fo’.
Yu Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Price: $15 for a 1.25-oz. tube
Use: A rich, long-lasting moisturizing cream
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
I only wish it contained SPF. That’s a bummer…
Work is cruising by for me today. I’m ready for an afternoon coffee break, though. One tall latte, please!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,