BB creams – short for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm creams (depending on the formula) – are fast becoming the hottest trend in beauty products.
Remember tinted moisturizers, the first dual-purpose creams designed to hydrate and color at the same time? Well, today’s BB creams have come a long way. They are hybrid skincare products that deliver multi-functional benefits designed to address today’s trends in skincare.
All the rage in Asia, BB creams have now hit home thanks in part to ‘prime-time’ ad campaigns from companies like Garnier™. They come in a variety of brands, blends and benefits and are perfect for those who want a more simplified beauty regime.
Today’s formulas are designed to repair damaged skin below the surface, while protecting, correcting and beautifying the surface for the skin. Most products are packed with antioxidants to fight off free-radical damage – they contain formulas designed to strength the structure of the skin, and offer broad-spectrum UVA protection to protect the skin. Many include healing and calming ingredients to help treat sensitive or acne-prone skin types and almost all BB Creams are either tinted in varying shades or have a self-adjusting shade that adapts to your skin color.
To give you an idea of how complex some of these products are we examined the ingredients and claims of Boscia’s BB Cream – a popular product in Japan – now getting great reviews in the US.
Boscia claims that the product is designed to repair damage and protect skin from future damage without irritation. It’s packed with antioxidants and physical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum sun protection rated to SPF 27 and PA++ (the PA system is a grade of UVA protection that provides superior defense against the rays that cause collagen damage and photo-aging of the skin).
Boscia states that their oil-free BB Cream is a gentle botanical formula that creates a lustrous, flawless finish as it hydrates, firms, and soothes the skin. It helps to diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, and uneven skintone while providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. Furthermore, abyssine, a naturally-derived survival molecule, shields and soothes the skin. Hydroxyprolisilane promotes skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines. Beta-Glucan provides essential moisture and protects against environmental damage. This BB cream comes in a self-adjusting, universal shade that warms to complement most skin tones for sheer, flawless coverage.
Free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and triclosan, this product seems ideal for even the most sensitive skin types.
Other popular BB Creams
Dr. Jart’s Premium Beauty Balm SPF45 (a best seller is Korea) A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties and contains collagen-stimulating peptides. Ideal under makeup, its natural looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skin tone. Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. Dr. Jart combines his medical background with a team of 21 skilled dermatologists to develop his skincare brand and is one of Asia’s leading skincare brands.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF35 – This multitasking tinted cream was a big hit with photo studios and makeup artists in Asia who found it ideal for perfect skin on the set. This BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. With its ultra-smoothing finish, it instantly re-texturizes to create a smooth canvas. Especially when worn under foundation, it enhances the wear of makeup for up to eight hours. Ideal even for oily complexions, this expert formula with UVA/UVB protection helps inhibit oil to prevent the complexion from getting shiny throughout the day without the typical chalky matte finish. This unique formula creates “progressive” coverage, which means you can achieve different levels of coverage depending on how you wear it. Appropriate for all skin types, this product is free of fragrance, dermatologist tested, and non-comedogenic.
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