Magazines and makeup counters alike are raving about the latest beauty phenomenon, BB Cream. It may not be a miracle worker but it will save you a lot of time (and money!) while benefitting your skin in the process.
BB cream, otherwise known as “beauty balm” or “blemish balm,” is a multi-purpose wonder that combines products you’re probably already using – moisturizer, skincare, primer, foundation, and SPF. Somewhere between a tinted moisturizer and a medium-coverage foundation, these balms incorporate skin-saving ingredients like botanical antioxidants, luminous pearl extracts, or hydrating hyaluronic acid.
You can apply this all-in-one package alone for sheer coverage or under liquid or powder foundations (including mineral) for more coverage and longer-lasting makeup. So, if you’re looking for some versatility in your beauty routine, BB cream might just be your new go-to product.
Here are three that, while similar in some ways, target different skin concerns and preferences.
For great oil control: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream (Available in five shades)
This BB cream glides on smooth and evens out skin tone without feeling heavy. It has an uncharacteristically high SPF for makeup—a 35—so you can feel confident that your skin is protected. Smashbox’s formula also helps control oil without looking chalky. In fact, emollients and pearl pigments hydrate skin, giving a natural glow rather than a flat, chalky finish. The big bonus? It’s fragrance-free, dermatologist tested, and non-acnegenic, so all skin types (even the acne-prone, oily, or sensitive) may just fall in love with it.
For a dewy, luminous finish: Too Faced Beauty Balm (Available in four shades)
When it comes to this one, don’t confuse “dewy” with oily. Light diffusing pigments—not oil—give skin a radiance from within, and a multi-mineral complex provides long-term anti-aging benefits, antioxidant protection, and increases skin’s elasticity over time. With a chemical-free SPF 20, hydrating vitamin E, and soothing chamomile, sensitive skin folks need not bat an eye. I found that when I tried different BB creams on clients, the color range of this one seemed to fill in the gaps of Smashbox’s color selection. So if Smashbox doesn’t make the right shade for you, try this one.
For hydration and treatment: Dr. Jart’s Water Fuse Beauty Balm (Available in one shade)
This oil-free, 50% water-based BB cream is a burst of hydration for your skin with a combination of glacial and deep ocean water, hyaluronic acid, and seaweed extract. Additional skincare benefits include aloe that will, of course, soothe irritation and redness and a porous powder that absorbs oil. Listed as a “blemish balm”on Dr. Jart’s website, it may actually cover up blemishes and help lighten dark spots. The high water content gives a cooling sensation when applied, maintains healthy moisture levels, and enhances your natural glow without being greasy. Now, that’s one happy, healthy (and hydrated) face!
These are just a sampling of many beauty balms available. Other brands to check out include MAC, Stila, Boscia, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Dior. Happy hunting!
Have you tried a BB Cream? What’s been your experience? Tell us what you loved (or didn’t love)!