Personally, I think multi-purpose “first aid” creams and balms are indispensable. They’re like a one-stop-shop for healing irritated, damaged skin — windburns, contact dermatitis, chapped lips, rashes, ratty cuticles, rough knees — and skin that just needs a bit of soothing and moisture-boost. In my opinion, the best ones are packed full of soothing and calming ingredients — Eucerin’s Aquaphor and Vaseline just don’t compare.
I’ve been using Yuskin’s YuskinA Family Medical Cream for years — decades — it smells a little medicinal, but it’s the one I always have on standby. The cream forms an invisible protective coating on the surface of the skin so that the active ingredients can work unhindered beneath — the formula contains vitamin-E and vitamin-B2 to heal, hydrate, and protect; glycyrrhetinic Acid to soothe and calm, camphor to relieve itchiness and irritations, and glycerin and sodium hyaluronate to lock moisture into the skin. It’s important to note that the cream is not a cosmetics product in Japan, it’s a type of drug that’s in the same category as diet supplements, the expiration date is printed on the packaging.
The soft-yellow cream is very rich and thick in consistency (its colour comes from the vitamin-B2). It seems as though there may be a sticky or greasy residue, but a few seconds after application this has entirely sunk in and disappeared. I have used it on cracked lips, red flaky patches around my nose, contact dermatitis, dry itchy hands, and rough heels — it has worked an absolute wonder on all of them!
It provides instant relief and does exactly what it says on the tin!
Note: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (also produced by Yuskin) is the US release of YuskinA — its formula is very similar, but not identical. A 33g tube retails for US$16!