Choosing the Best BB Cream
If you’re not using a BB cream yet, why not? One of the best beauty innovations in recent years, BB cream is a simple and streamlined way to get beautiful-looking skin with a flawless finish. You can integrate it seamlessly into your daily routine and customize it according to your needs.
The “BB” in BB cream stands for either “beauty balm” or “blemish balm.” It first gained popularity as a Korean beauty (or K beauty) foundation-type product because of its lightweight but thorough coverage that creates an even-looking skin tone. But BB cream isn’t just a foundation—it can also act as a primer, moisturizer, concealer and sunscreen agent, too. This versatility helps explain why BB cream has moved from cult K beauty product to international sensation, and is a must-have for anyone who wants a vibrant complexion.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BB CREAM FOR YOU
BB cream can be used by anyone, but as with most beauty products, it is important to choose a cream that works best with your skin type.
For instance, the best BB cream for dry skin is one that will nourish and support your complexion with ingredients that hydrate and encourage a smooth and supple texture. One key ingredient to look for is sodium hyaluronate. This is a form of hyaluronic acid, which is unparalleled at provided much-needed moisture for your skin because this molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Using a BB cream for dry skin ensures that the product won’t get cakey or highlight fine lines or wrinkles.
On the other hand, a BB cream for oily skin needs to still provide moisture while also balancing skin so oil production doesn’t get out of control and trigger the formation of blemishes. There’s a fine line between dewy and shiny, and a BB cream specifically developed for oily skin will ensure you don’t cross that line, keeping your complexion looking radiant. If you have a problem with breakouts, look for a BB cream product that is oil free to help keep things in check. And if you have combination skin, BB cream can also be a great product for you because it will create a wonderfully even-looking complexion. That means you’ll want an ingredient list that doesn’t include oils (to control blemishes) but does include high-quality ingredients that moisturize—not just sodium hyaluronate, but also Vitamins C and E, antioxidants and peptides. Working together, these ingredients can brighten your complexion’s appearance and create the marvelous glow that’s a hallmark of well cared for skin.
BB CREAM BENEFITS
There is a lot to love about BB creams, especially once you’ve found the best one for your skin type. As you start to use your BB cream, you’ll see immediately why it can be one of your skin care staples. Here are some of the major BB cream benefits:
- BB creams are easy to use. These products achieve the neat trick of offering lightweight texture but medium to full coverage. That means you can layer as needed to create the look you desire. A light touch will create the appearance of a makeup-free face, but you can also layer BB cream for a richer foundation base for the rest of your makeup. The application process is also a dream—BB creams can glide on easily with the use of a makeup brush, blending sponge or your fingertips.
- BB creams save you time. Applying individual layers of moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, foundation and concealer can be a long process. Imagine how much time you would save by combining them all in one step. That’s what a BB cream accomplishes by combining skin care and makeup in one amazing product.
- BB creams can enhance your skin tone. BB creams don’t mask your skin’s natural loveliness but bring it to the forefront. You want to find a BB cream that comes in a range of tinted shades so you can pick the one that is closest to your skin tone. Because BB creams are thinner than regular foundations, you can even blend a couple of different tints together to create the perfect custom shade for you. Plus, the primer element of BB creams ensures a smooth and soft feel to your skin, one where the product doesn’t settle into any fine lines or rough patches.
- BB creams can be good for your skin. When you find a BB cream packed with super skin-nurturing ingredients, use it every day to see a noticeable difference in the appearance of your complexion. DERMA E’s new BB cream collection is 100% vegan and cruelty free and features a beauty-boosting formulation that includes Vitamins C and E, sodium hyaluronate, antioxidant-rich Bilberry Extract and non-nano Zinc Oxide for maximum sun protection. Plus, our BB creams are in line with our Proven Clean Beauty® standards, which means they are free of parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, GMOs and other potentially harmful ingredients.