What BB Cream Can Do For Your Skin
BB creams have become ubiquitous in the beauty industry, but have you ever wondered exactly what they do? If you are curious, then you’re definitely not alone. BB creams, while easy to use, are a complex compound of multiple beauty products. Lately other products on the market such as CC creams, and soon even DD cream, have emerged as new products making the delineation between them even harder. Below, we’ll summarize how BB cream works, how to use it, how it differs from CC and DD creams and why you need it in your life to achieve glowing skin.
What is BB Cream?
BB cream is short for ‘blemish balm’ cream. It’s a versatile combination of products such as moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, skin treatment, and concealer. It was originally developed in Germany as an all-in-1 cream to be used by patient’s post-laser treatment for protection, coverage, and hydration. The concept of a comprehensive one-stop-shop cream spread to South Asia, particularly Korea where women were able to shorten their lengthy beauty process with the use of this all-encompassing cream. The trend then came over to the United States where it’s been popular for the last five years.
How does BB Cream work?
One of the most exciting things about BB cream is that it can improve the appearance of your skin, in addition to providing coverage. BB creams frequently contain antioxidants such Vitamin A, C and E which can help improve skin elasticity and brightness. Some contain hyaluronic acid which deeply moisturizes skin. BB creams also typically contain an SPF, which is the ultimate ingredient in your fight against premature skin aging. With its concealing properties, BB cream can even out skin tone and perfect unevenness. Light-reflecting properties also make the complexion look brighter.
How is BB cream different from CC and DD cream?
The CC in CC cream stands for ‘color correction’; as a product it focuses on reducing the appearance of redness, sallowness and can improve skin tone with its light-diffusing particles. It can help cover age spots, discolorations and pimples while it smoothes out your overall complexion. In comparison to BB cream it has a more concealing quality and may cover blemishes.
DD creams haven’t been around as long and there are significantly fewer products in this range. DD cream is considered to be the do-all cream that combines the powers of BB and CC cream and also features anti-aging qualities. So for women looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, this might be the product for you.
How to use BB Cream
For some women, a BB cream is the perfect all-in-1 product and for some it’s the initial product they use before applying a heavier foundation. If you have normal or blemish-free skin, a pea-size or slightly more of the product should be enough to even out your skin tone. If you’re looking for more coverage you can use the BB cream as an advanced, skin-enhancing primer. It can help conceal acne scars, pimples and dark spots. Whether you’re using it as a base or standalone product, Garnier’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB cream promises to hydrate, renew your skin, even tone and perfect.
If your skin is oily there are lots of BB creams out there that feature oil control ingredients. Try Garnier’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free which will instantly mattify your skin and minimize the look of your pores for a smooth flawless finish. It offers all day shine control while your skin is reaping skin care benefits from a BB cream.
The fact that a BB cream contains so many products in one makes it the perfect travel companion, since it can replace multiple products in your suitcase. Pack one in your bag for a long-haul flight. After you’ve cleansed and moisturized your skin for the duration of the flight (read our travel skin care guide here) you can dab on a little BB cream before you land to step off the plane flawless.