Makeup & Beauty

Genius Discovery: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

OK, we need to have a conversation about this stuff, because it is AMAZING.

You know when your lips get so chapped that the chapped-ness extends, like, onto your face? And it’s both painful and not-especially-cute? I’ve had that for the past couple of weeks, for whatever reason (changing seasons? not drinking enough water? who knows). I’ve tried every single lip balm in my artillery (which is a LOT of lip balms), and nothing made the slightest bit of difference; the area seemed completely impenetrable to moisture.

And then I came across a tiny tube of this stuff in my drawer – I have no idea where it came from, or why it’s there – and thought, what the hell. It’s not lip balm, but the word “moisturizing” is in there, so.

And it FIXED MY FACE. Almost instantly. Yu-Be is a thick, glycerin-based cream that goes on almost like old-school zinc oxide – it’s a little white and opaque at first, and has a scent kind of like Vicks Vaporub. I know this doesn’t sound especially appealing, but it absorbs (and the scent disappears) within seconds, and the results are incredible. I wouldn’t use it all over my face, necessarily – only on super-dry spots (including cuticles and feet) – but this is a total beauty-drawer necessity.

Apparently it’s is the number one skin cream in Japan, and I totally get why. (You can get it at Sephora and on Amazon, and it’s only $16 for the small size, $24 for the large.)

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