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I have a glossybox subscription and each month I eagerly await its arrival. I received samples of this in my January box.
I hadn't heard of this brand before, but the packaging intrigued me and anything Japanese has the tendency to catch my eye anyway. Yu-Be has been around since 1957 and was invented by a
Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari. Yu-Be is a glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor. This cream includes Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate to attract and retain moisture in the skin, Vitamin B2 to help smooth rough skin, vitamins C + E which are antioxidants and camphor which provides the unique scent of the product.
I squeezed out a small amount onto the back of my hand and applied this to the dry areas on my feet and elbows. I was very taken aback when I saw the colour of this, it is a bright yellow shade, and if I'm totally honest, it did remind me slightly of urine. It also had a strong fragrance, but it smelt really fresh.
I only needed to use a tiny amount as this cream was very rich and it was very easily absorbed into my skin. When this first arrived, I (admittedly without reading the instructions or accompanying leaflet) thought this was a moisturiser, but my skin wasn't happy with such a rich cream on my face and rewarded me with a breakout of spots. I have since read on the Boots website that others have made the same mistake as me, so I don't feel quite so bad now!
I was initially hesitant to use this on my lips, but after a weekend of sitting at home combined with the effects of central heating, my lips were feeling very dried out and starting to crack. I squeezed a small amount onto my finger and rubbed on to the dry areas. The cream seemed to be absorbed by my lips within seconds, and after about 10 - 15 minutes, I could really feel a difference. It leaves my lips feeling so much softer and smoother almost instantly and the effects really do last.
The cream is a little too rich for me, but for anyone who suffers from areas of really dry skin, I think this would be a fantastic product to have. I have given mine to my mum, who has dry skin, and so far her comments on the product have been very positive.
This product is available from Boots, and a 70g jar is £19.50. It might sound like a lot, but my tiny 3g sample has lasted me a over a month of applying it on my lips a few times a week. Maybe if you were using this on dry patches of skin it would be used more quickly, but a little really does go a long way with this cream.
Ingredients are as follows:
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, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate
I've caved in. I wanted to try one for ages, and I've finally signed up to one of these monthly boxes of beauty product delights - Glossybox, to be precise. My first one arrived this month and whilst I wasn't initially over the moon with the contents, I have to admit that the only one I have used so far does work rather well. Which is not to say it's flawless...
Apparently invented in 1957 and ever since a massively popular seller in its native Japan, Yu-Be is a glycerin-heavy skin moisturiser which is apparently capable of curing some serious dryness and soothing skin exposed to the elements. And now it's over here too. I received two small tube samples in my Glossybox, and upon reading that this can be applied to both dry skin and dry lips, I decided to see if this is finally the wonder product that could cure the awful cracked lips look that I have unwillingly been sporting all winter.
An initial bit of internet research claims that there is a particular processing stage back in Japan which makes this cream so rich. You can apply it as often as needed but it claims to lock in moisture for hours.
Right, first off I have to admit this did cure my dry, chapped and indeed split lips - and in a matter of days. I can't really put this down to coincidence either, given that they had looked frankly shocking for months beforehand. I have also used it lightly as a hand cream and indeed it is soothing and quick to absorb. It's effective, undeniably. But there is something in the instructions for use that I noted from the outset - "Camphor scent fades quickly". This is the first time I've seen a bit of honest marketing on a cream before - not only do they openly acknowledge the presence of what I can only describe as a bit of a stink, but they seem to basically take the line "but it's worth it, so stop grumbling and get on with it".
And it does whiff a bit. It's not pleasant. Simple as. Particularly if you are using this as a lip product, you don't get the urge to virtually cannibalise yourself that you might had you just slapped on something chocolatey and sold by The Body Shop. You really, really don't.
So to the price. A pot of this in Boots will set you back just shy of £20 for 70g, so the fact that it works and is imported isn't lost on the market. For something that isn't a luxury as much as it is a somewhat unpleasant but functional moisturising product, you're certainly shelling out a bit here. So that's two examples of suffering for beauty right there. But on the flip side you barely need to use any and - frankly - you probably wouldn't want to. The scent may fade quickly but for me, it isn't quickly enough. So you won't need to repurchase in a hurry. My two tiny sample tubes will probably keep me going through this winter and well into, if not throughout, the next.
Could I envisage slapping this stuff all over my body after a luxurious soak? I know it works, so in theory I should. Anything to stop the ageing process, after all. But I can't envisage that. I just couldn't stand to smell like that for a good three or five minute, although I must give it credit that this stuff does absorb quickly if you don't overdo it. Perhaps I am shooting myself in the foot and should woman up...or perhaps I'd rather just slap on something hedonistic and gorgeous from Sacntuary Spa instead...isn't life just a bit too short?
(Oh, and by the way, a little further research suggests that camphor is also used as an embalming fluid. Now that's taking the prolonging of youth a bit too far....)
Well you can't deny that this stuff is effective. A quick google brings up a raft of 4-5 star reviews on various platforms. I admit it works - I was sure I was stuck with painful chapped lips all winter until this came along, so for that I should be grateful. But undeniably it isn't the most pleasant product in the world to use. I know I sound like I'm on a massive downer about a product that I openly admit is effective, but maybe we're a bit spoilt and not only expect wonder creams to do what they claim on the tin, but also be luxurious and lovely to use at the same time (damn you, Sanctuary Spa!). So in effect what I am saying is that I am sitting here having a big old moan about a product that solved a painful skin condition, which apparently offers relief to sufferers of eczema, can help heal hard-worked winter chaffed hands and heels, and leaves skin and lips feeling soft and soothed, all because it's a bit whiffy for a minute or two.
So to surmise...whilst we're not talking plague-ridden corpse stink, it's not the nicest scent but it doesn't last for long. It's very pricey for something that is more effective than indulgent to use, and it's a bit no-thrills really, but it works. And at the end of the day that's what matters. It works quickly, too. If you happen to have a job which requires a lot of hard work outside in winter, then I'd recommend you get a tub of this post haste and safe yourself a lot of discomfort. Hey, we all have to suffer for beauty...and I guess on balance this is probably worth doing so.
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, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate
Yu-Be Skin Moisturising Cream This Skin Moisturising Cream from Yu-Be is a rich moisturising cream that works to hydrate heal and soothe the skin. Formulated with Vitamins E and B2 alongside Camphor and a high Glycerin content this medicated cream is effective on very dry skin smoothing and moisturising hands feet and elbows and can also help to heal split cuticles and skin exposed to extreme weather conditions. With a non-greasy formula that is designed to absorb quickly this Skin Moisturising Cream contains no artificial colours or fragrances.