Review: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

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I was really happy to get my hands on Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream which is a glycerin-based moisturizer enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor.  This cream is one of the best selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skin care products in Japan developed by Yoshikiyo Nowatari since 1957.  In Japan, it’s known as Yuskin A.

Don’t be fooled by the simple packaging or taken aback by the yellow color or campor smell.  I’ve used enough hand creams to tell you that this is an excellent product that absorbs well into my skin quickly, replenishes the lost moisture, making my hands look soft and supple without leaving my hands slick and greasy.  In fact, it makes quite a good lip balm although there is a new Yu-Be Lip Therapy available now.  I’ve also tried using this on my cracked heels and I have to say, it makes the hard skin so much softer. 

Effective on dry skin, chronic eczema & atopic dermatitis
According to information from, Yu-Be Moisturizing Cream is even effective on severe dry skin, chronic eczema plus atopic dermatitis and hence, recommended by dermatologists.

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.

It’s conditioning ingredients include glycerin which is a natural humectant that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, making it softer.  Vitamin E is a natural anti-oxidant and skin protector while Vitamin B2 helps to smooth rough or damaged skin while giving Yu-Be it’s yellow color.

The camphor, which helps to soothe minor skin irritations has a mild medicinal scent but it fades in minutes and doesn’t linger at all.  So you don’t have to worry that you’re a walking camphor stick while wearing this cream.

The 33g tube cost US$15.  The only thing is this product isn’t readily available as few sites which carry this product offer international shipping.  I got this courtesy of Misikko but again, they ship to US and Canada only.


  1. sylvie says: has it

  2. Krizia says:

    Yu-Be is now available through Sephora too, and I believe they have international shipping #k8SjZc9Dxk_#k8SjZc9Dxk

    krizia: Oh thanks! I’ll check it out. Maybe I can order the next time I plan to shop online. We have a little Sephora here but I doubt they carry anything like this here.

  3. cowsandlemonade says:

    Hi! I wanted to know what you thought of this cream? I am looking for some intense moisture lotion for my hands, they have become extremely rough like sandpaper and itchy and really dry on the backs of my hands, I used to have good hands but now the lotion (Burts Bees Shea Butter) seemed to have become accustomed to it and is no longer working. ?

    cowsandlemondade: I really like Yu-Be’s cream. It’s very nourishing. The thing is it is medicated so the smell can be a little turnoff initially but it disappears quickly so isn’t a problem. Another remedy is to try use pure shea butter on your hands. I’m using it for my hands in the night from a body cream containing shea butter and it’s great.

  4. fwy says:

    Hi, I used the tube packaging one as a hand cream. U can purchase it at Jap pharmacy Nishino at Takashimaya basement 1 & Isetan at Scotts basement 1.

    fwy: Oh thank you very much for letting me know where to get it here! I haven’t been visiting Nishino for awhile and this is a good reason for go soon… ?

  5. jac says:

    i cant find it at taka…will u know where i can get this please? tk

    Jac: Check out the Japanese pharmacy at basement. The packaging is now different. Ask the counter staff.

  6. jac says:

    Hi I went down yesterday. The staff has never heard of yu-be cream. ?

    Jac: Oh okay, it’s not known as Yu-Be in Asia but Yuskin (original name in Japan). Sorry I also forgot! ? I checked with the staff at Nishino at Taka basement about 2 or 3 months back and they showed me the stock.

  7. jac says:

    It’s the same one?? They didn’t know when I checked with them & they even called up isetan outlet. ahhh I just order from sephora website ( via a spree) hee it’s ok..I alway looking out for anything that can help my sensitive skin
    tks so much for your reply

    Jac: Yes. Yuskin is from Japan but they market it as Yu-Be in US. The packaging is slightly different. I also didn’t know the availability here until a reader pointed out. So sorry…I clean forgot about the difference in name. Well, if you like it after using the one from the spree, you know where to get. There’s also a moisturizer if I’m not wrong.

  8. jac says:

    Hey dear don’t worry. I’m already very thankful that you took the time to do reviews and even reply to enquires. I’ll let you know how is it after I have used it…Guess that will be about 2 months later.

    Jac: ?

  9. jing yi says:

    isnt isopropyl myristatre a bad ingredient?
    its like isopropyl alcohol…….

  10. sesame says:

    Isopropyl myristate is the ester of isopropyl alcohol. It aids penetration and promotes a dry feeling so that product does not feel so greasy. However, it is on the same level as cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcoho, which are fatty alcohols and works as emollients.

    Bad or not, depends on take. See what Paula Begoun has to say here:

    Personally, I think it’s drying to use long term so not great if used on face.

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