BB creams, are they the real deal or a marketing ploy? Not a new debate, but one that still raises its head amongst beauty media and forums alike.
Appearing on the market in 2011 after finding particular success in Asian countries, BB Creams aka beauty balms or blemish balms offer a more streamlined beauty regime, promising to do the job of a moisturiser, sunscreen, primer, skin treatment, concealer and lightweight foundation all in one.
As someone with fairly clear skin in need of moisture more than anything else, BB creams are a godsend to my beauty regime. Relatively late to the trend, I only recently jumped on board the BB train last year and have been hooked ever since.
What’s the difference between a BB Cream and a Tinted Moisturiser? Essentially, a BB cream claims to be doing good for your skin as well as providing lightweight coverage and hydration. Sort of a like a skincare/make-up hybrid, a BB cream will correct and nourish while adding a subtle tint.
Some of my favourites…
La Roche Posay Uvidea XL BB Cream: this bad boy is SPF 50+ and gives UVB and UVA protection! Two mega important things when it comes to protecting your skin from the sun. Available in light and medium, I use this in Medium on days when I know I will be outside for longer. Suitable for sensitive skin, this BB evens skin tone and helps prevent aging. Big winner.
Kiehls Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream: As the name suggests, this BB cream is actively improving skin tone and texture for a better complexion over time. With SPF 30+ and Vitamin C, I like this BB for everyday use.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream: With a low level of SPF 15, I reserve this BB for indoor days and couple with a face sunscreen for extra sun protection. The thick consistency feels nice on my skin and makes for a higher level of coverage.
Do you buy the BB buzz? Which one is your favourite?