Monday, 25 August 2014

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream (review)

If you're like me you might carry a big bag round with you full of numerous beauty helpers such as lip balm, face cream, hand lotion, etc. Recently I've tried to reduce the amount of stuff I lug everywhere by keeping a pot of multi-purpose cream with me, instead. I thought it might be handy to keep an all-in-one skincare product in my bag for on-the-go nurturing of lips, hands, even elbows, knees, face... anything! And that's where this Yu-Be cream comes in.

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream

I've never knowingly tried Japanese skincare before and this unusual camphor-scented cream has certainly made an impression. Apart from the smell (which is too medicinal for me) the texture is also unusual – very margarine like – and it's a primrose yellow colour. It is to be used as often as required on lips or rough, scaly or dry skin anywhere on the body. So in theory this could take the place of some of my other beauty products both on the go and at home.

Using Yu-Be
Unfortunately the strong camphor scent does put me off a bit so I can't use it on my face. It's also too slimy feeling for use on my hands (unless you stick to the backs only; it never absorbs into my palms!). So both my lip balm, face cream and hand lotion are back in my bag. Drat!

Yu-Be's margarine-like texture
However, for other parts of the body it works much better. I like using it on dryer patches such as elbows and knees. Here it seems to act like an emollient and 'locks-in' nourishment. It makes my elbows feel amazingly soft and keeps them that way for hours! This is due to the very high glycerin content (from plant not animal sources).

It's also extremely effective on eczema patches. I suffer from the odd flare-up and this has worked well in softening, soothing and protecting the area. It didn't cause any irritation whatsoever so Yu-Be's claim that it's suitable for the whole family is accurate. Apparently Yu-Be is used on everyone from infants to the elderly in Japan.

Yu-Be Value
Like the packaging says “a little dab goes a long way” but that still can't quite make up for the fact it's rather expensive at nearly twenty pounds. I also think it's surplus to requirements; when I don't have it with me, I don't miss it. While I appreciate that this product is a Japanese staple (it's one of the longest-selling, best loved skincare products on the market having debuted in 1957) you can get good results for less money, like our alternative below.

Yu-Be is very nourishing and an excellent skin protector. I love how it keeps skin soft for so long and cares so effectively for damaged skin. The fact it has a cult following doesn't surprise me at all; the appeal is not lost on me. But ultimately the camphor scent is too strong for my tastes; I just can't get used to it. It also means I can't use it as a multi-purpose product so I'm not cutting down on my regular lip balm, face cream or hand lotion. If you love it, though, I wouldn't blame you at all! This is unquestionably great skincare.

Acts like a barrier cream on dry skin patches
Not keen on camphor smell – a bit medicinal
Doesn't irritate sensitive skin; suitable for everyone
A slightly pricey option
Moisturising and deeply nourishing qualities

Helps tackle eczema and psoriasis

Very high quality


Brand: Yu-Be


Size: 70 g
Price: £19.50 (£27.86/100 g)

Manufactured: Japan

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

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