How to Find the Right BB Cream for Your Skin Type

How to Find the Right BB Cream for Your Skin Type

BB creams are no longer just a skin care trend; the versatile beauty balm is here to stay. In the past few years these miracle balms have merged skin care and make up together to give us beautiful-looking skin. There are several types of BB creams in the market and today we’re looking at how you can find the right BB cream for your skin type. Learn about the different types of BB cream and how they best suit different skin types.


What Is BB Cream?

BB cream a.k.a. ‘blemish balm’ cream is a multifaceted combination of products. It merges moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, and concealer. It’s a one-stop-shop product that was initially popular in Asia and now has spread all over the world with its ease of use and ability to beautify skin in a matter of seconds. Using this all-encompassing cream can cut down your skin care and make up routine and product arsenal by a lot. If you haven’t tried it yet you should definitely give it a try. Unsure where to start? Look out for the three S’s which determine what’s right for your skin.


1. Skin Type

Different skin types have different needs and while BB cream can complement and improve the appearance of all skin types it’s important that you get the right one for you. If you have dry skin, look for a nourishing and hydrating BB cream with moisturizing formulas. A great BB cream for your skin would have humectants or ceramides to help restore hydration on your skin. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream hydrates and protects your skin to give it a smooth finish that leaves your skin looking healthy.


If you have oily or combination skin you are likely looking for something that can regulate oil on the surface of your skin or that mattifies. A BB cream that is oil-free is ideal such as Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free, which gives your skin a shine-free glow, minimizes the appearance of pores and helps evens skin tone.


2. SPF

Most BB creams have SPF which makes it an especially convenient product in your skin care routine. When you use BB cream you may not need to apply sunscreen and make up separately — they come together as one easy-to-use product. It protects your skin from the sun and can help you avoid sun damage throughout all seasons. If you are fair you should go for a high SPF. SPF 15 should be your benchmark but you can also go higher and use an SPF 30. Protect your skin on a daily basis as sun exposure can account for up to 90 percent of premature skin aging.


3. Shade

Of course you want to have a BB cream that suits your skin tones. BB creams come in a variety of shades and it’s important that you get a product that complements your complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream comes in two shades — Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. BB cream provides instant coverage and correction and can adapt to your skin type. Before you buy a product decide which shade is right for you to make sure that your skin looks natural and glowing every day.


Application Tips

1. Layering

A really cool feature of BB cream is that it can provide buildable coverage. Let’s say normally your skin is blemish-free and even toned; on those days you will only apply one layer of BB cream. For those days that your skin is blemished or uneven you can layer your BB cream in the affected areas. This will help smooth, brighten and even out your skin’s appearance giving you a flawless look.


2. Use A Make Up Brush

Of course you can use your fingers but to achieve layering and seamlessness try using a make up brush to apply BB cream. It will help you blend coverage and may also help you avoid transferring dirt, oil and bacteria from your fingers onto your face. Just make sure to clean your make up brush on a weekly basis so that you are working with a clean applicator (or use a makeup sponge that you can toss after using). You can cleanse your make brushes easily with micellar water.