BB creams are suddenly everywhere and experts believe that they will be the biggest beauty trend this year. We explore this beauty phenomenon.
What are BB creams?
"BB creams" stands for Blemish Balm or Blemish Base. They were originally developed in Germany by dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek in the Fifties. These creams were initially used on patients who had undergone surgery or peel treatments – soothing and protecting skin, while offering light coverage. Later, they became very popular in South Korea and Japan in the Eighties.
What do they do?
These creams are considered all-rounders and offer many different benefits to a variety of skin concerns. In general, they brighten the skin like a primer, offering coverage like a lightweight foundation, hiding blemishes like a concealer, hydrating skin like a moisturiser and soothing skin like an anti-inflammatory. Some BB creams also offer UV protection and anti-ageing properties.
How do I choose the right one for my skin and how do I use it?
Choose a BB cream based on your skin concerns. For example, do you have dry, oily or problem skin? Do you want a healthy glow, or are you concerned about ageing? Test it on your skin for a day to see how it feels (as you would with foundation), before you buy it. You will wear it alone on the skin, without applying additional foundation. It will offer a lightweight coverage and healthy glow.
Sounds amazing – but does it work?
Many women say they have noticed improvements in their skin and some say that it offers a light coverage and healthy glow, but does not necessarily work as a treatment. For best results, we recommend that you choose a BB cream based on your specific skin needs. Also keep in mind that it offers very light coverage, so if you suffer from spots you might need to use an additional concealer for extra coverage. Also make sure you choose a colour that suits your skin tone. We are very excited about this beauty trend and applaud the idea of this all-rounder.