So what are BB creams? They're a whole new category of foundation-cum-skincare. (The BB stands for "blemish balm" or "blemish base".) Think of them as makeup with loads of skincare benefits, packaged into one multi-tasking product. BB creams typically come in the form of tinted lotions -- with a creamy texture, but not oily -- and contain a high broad-spectrum sunscreen, antioxidants and moisturizing formulas.
Why all the rave about the BB cream, you ask? They're revered for these amazing benefits:
Excellent coverage with a very natural finishThe BB cream can actually replace your regular primer, concealer and foundation. It brightens skin, evens out complexion and its tinted creamy texture readily camouflages skin blemishes such as acne scars and dark spots. But it's also surprisingly lightweight, so the finish is very natural-looking.
Skincare benefitsBB creams are soothing, moisturizing, regenerative, won't clog pores and suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. There are many different BB creams, and depending on specific formulas, some also have additional properties such as skin whitening or anti-acne.
It's a time-saverIts all-in-one functions as a moisturizer, foundation, sunblock and skin refiner saves loads of time and money. Instead of slapping on a thousand products, one tube of BB cream does the trick.
Choosing a BB creamThere are many brands out there, here's how to find one that's right for you:
- If you have oily skin, look for a BB cream with oil-control. After applying, top with loose powder for a long-lasting shine-free finish.
- If you have sensitive skin, look at the labels and opt for fragrance-free BB creams.
- If you are prone to zits, opt for a BB cream that is oil-free.
- If you need more sun protection because you're often outdoors, look for formulas with broad-spectrum UV protection and higher SPF.