MONDAY: I received the world’s tiniest sample of this Japanese cult moisturizer, Yu-Be, with a purchase from Sephora, and now I am hooked. Invented in the 1950’s, Yu-be is the number one selling medicated lotion in Japan, and has only recently become available in the US. All their products are petrochemical free, although for some reason the hand cream appears to contain parabens, while the rest of the line does without. However, this is the only non-steroidal cream that has been able to soothe the eczema on my hands, and those prescription creams are packed with parabens, petrochemicals and goodness knows what else, not to mention how addicted your skin gets to them, so Yu-Be is a welcome substitute for me!
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream, $24 and Lip Therapy, $5. Sephora.com