What would you say if you found out you could take care of your moisturizer, skin treatment, sunscreen, and makeup all at one time? You could hit the snooze button an extra time or two thanks to no longer needing to apply a product, wait for it to soak in, then apply another, and another. It’d also help keep your bathroom counter clear of extra products, and you could keep all the special serums and creams tucked away for days when you have more time and really want to pamper yourself. The solution to your morning makeup (and skin care) dilemma is called BB Cream, or Blemish Balm.
Not all BB Creams work the same way. Not all of them offer the same coverage or same amount of SPF, so if you can visit a Sephora or department store where you can get your hands on samples, do that. You may have to go through a few different kinds to find the one that offers just what you need and makes your skin look as close to flawless as a do-it-all product can. A few to check out include:
Boscia: This comes in only one color for now, but a bronzer BB Cream from this line will be on the market soon. It has SPF 27 as well as antioxidants, and the coverage is opaque for a BB cream, similar to light-to-medium coverage foundation. All skin tones are supposed to be able to wear it, but those with very fair skin may find it a bit too orange. ($38, Sephora)
Urban Decay Naked: This is another single-shade product meant to meld with most skin tones. It has SPF 20 and it’s designed to minimize pores, wrinkles, and redness instantly. If you use it on a daily or almost-daily basis over the course of eight weeks, your skin should look lifted and firmer. ($34, UrbanDecay.com)
Maybelline Dream Fresh: This doesn’t actually offer much in the way of skin treatments or coverage, but if your skin is nearly flawless anyway and you’re just looking to even out your skin tone a bit and add moisture and SPF (SPF 30), it’s worth a look. The texture is silky, it’s inexpensive (around $8), and can be found at most drugstores and Ulta. Another perk is the fact that it comes in five shades that will give your skin a healthy glow.
Dr. Jart +: This line has consistently received fantastic reviews from beauty product junkies, and some argue that these are the closest to the original Korean BB Creams you could possibly get in the United States. There are several to choose from, such as Renewalist (SPF 40), Black Label Detox (SPF 25), Water Fuse (SPF 25), and Premium (SPF 45). If it’s difficult to choose the perfect one for your skin and you’re not near a Sephora where you can give them a try, there’s a set with .5 oz of each of the four at Sephora.com for $34.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Clinique is well-known for its skin care line, so the addition of a BB cream to the line should be no surprise. This one’s $37 at Clinique counters and Sephora, and it comes in three shades. Some reviewers feel that it’s too heavy, while others say it doesn’t offer enough coverage and they use it as a primer for their regular makeup. If you tend to love Clinique’s products, at least give this one a whirl at the counter to see how the formula feels on your skin.
BB creams can be the ultimate time savers, or if you’d prefer, they can be an extra step in your normal routine. Use them as a multi-functioning product in the mornings or use them as a foundation primer in conjunction with your normal moisturizers and serums. The important thing is to sample as many as possible in order to find your skin’s perfect match. You may never go back to the complicated morning routine again.