Yu-Be, or Yu-Skin Skincare Products from Japan

I first heard of Yu-Be (or Yu-Skin cream) when I was searching for a highly moisturising and medicated cream for my boyfriend’s ezcema. I spotted this product in Space NK, selling for £10 for a little tube.

I bought these direct from Japan, where it is called Yu-Skin. It is also a lot, lot cheaper than in the UK (surprise, surprise!)

Yu-Be is supposedly very effective on dry skin because of the high level of glycerin content. It has been manufacture since 1957, and is the number one selling medicated cream in Japan.

What it says it can do:

Use Yu-Be anywhere on the body – even the face and lips.

Helps heal split cuticles and smooth rough, dry skin on hands, elbows, knees and feet.

Helps protect and moisturize skin exposed to cold, wind and water.

Non-greasy formula absorbs instantly and locks in for hours. Good for all day or all night.

Contains NO artificial colors, fragrances or SPF protection.

It cleared helped the other half’s hand a lot (but stung where there were cracks) and it is really smelly. A bit like Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (but I quite like that). It works a treat on dry skin, and sinks in nicely (whereas 8 hour can be like an oil slick). I wouldn’t use it on very irritated skin though, as it does give a mild tingling sensation – but it is good on chapped and rough skin.

You can purchase this cream and find out more about it here.

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  1. MandyPandy says

    I do believe Yu-Be has menthol or camphor in there which can be very irritating. I used to love YB until I realized that Eucerin’s Aquaphor ointment is basically the same thing without the medicinal smell and funky chemicals.

    If your BF can get a hold of BagBalm, it’s supposed to be very soothing for eczema sufferers and is much cheaper than YB. Hopefully it’s available in the UK as well.

  2. Row says

    Hey Mandypandy –

    Yep, there is camphor in there – hence the stinging on very irritated skin. I’ve heard so much about Aquaphor!!!! But never tried it I don’t think it’s avail in the UK.

    I’ll have a look for Bagbalm too. We have Badger Balm, but I’m not sure about the second.

    Oooh my Japonesque Brush is here! Woot!

  3. MandyPandy says

    Yes, I’ve tried Badger balm as well, but I wasn’t too crazy about it.

    I think Bag balm is medicated to relieve itching/irritation so hopefully that will provide some relief for BF’s eczema.

    I’m going to get a hold of some Bagbalm soon, to test it and post the results.

    Hooray, you got it! Whereabouts did you purchase your Japonesque brush (UK stockists, online)? How is it working out, so far? You should do a post on it and spread the gospel!

  4. Ben says

    In my experience, bag balm isn’t much different than putting vaseline on your skin.

    It is very thick but does not rub in well.

  5. Melinda says

    Dear MandyPandy,
    Just so you know, Eucerin’s Aquaphor ointment is petroleum-based just like Vaseline or any other “funky chemical” based “moisturizer”. Yu-Be is actually glycerin-based (natural, NOT chemical) so they are NOT basically the same thing at all. READ THE INGREDIENTS next time!