BB Creams. It seems like what was once a novelty you could only find on eBay and Amazon are now being made by every beauty brand on the market. Although it’s popularity has increased exponentially in the last 2 years, there are still people out there who have no idea what a BB cream is. Here’s the low-down on the latest industry craze.
First let’s start on how BB creams came to be. BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balms. The first one was developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted to simplify the post laser/surgery process for her patients. She was looking to make something that would not only protect and heal the skin after these treatments, but also give coverage. The all-in-one concoction became an instant sensation in South Korea and then the hype spread throughout Asia. With Asian women being the biggest fans of skincare, this was an instant hit. The average woman in Asia has a 7 step skincare routine. The BB cream changed that.
Most BB creams provide sun protection with broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher, what the American Academy of Dermatology recommends as ideal for daily use. High quality BB creams contain zinc oxide and titanium oxide which is a great water-resistant ingredient. In addition to sun protection, they provide sheer cover to give you a “no makeup” look. BB creams blur problem areas and give a nice natural looking complexion. People won’t tell you your makeup looks nice, they’ll say your skin looks nice.
Are you ready to try a BB cream? Here are some tips when choosing one. Make sure you get one with a high SPF. The tint will inhibit any white cast on your face. Go for high quality. Always invest in sunscreen and skincare. Chances are the $3.00 drugstore BB cream will not provide the quality results of a $30-50 one. Don’t skimp when it comes to skincare. Look for US made brands and nothing that may be tested on animals. The last thing you should look for is the ingredient dimenthicone. This skin-smoothing ingredient has the power to act like a foundation and a primer at the same time.