Those of us with finicky and/or fair skin have all been there searching for what seems like eternity for the right color or formulation of foundation that fits our skin type. When it seems like there’s something that we find, we hear of something new shouting at us to try it. BB creams, CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and even no makeup-makeup have hit the shelves with a large following and marketing budget to boot.
So, what’s it all about?
BB, or beauty (sometimes also called blemish) balm creams, are nothing new in their purpose. They are formulated like a tinted moisturizer with sheer to medium coverage depending on the type but are formulated to multi-task with skin-benefiting ingredients like sun protection, arbutin to lighten dark spots, retinol for wrinkles and antioxidants to treat free radical stress. The Korean makeup and skin care companies were leaders in the BB cream craze, with western companies from Dior to L’Oréal jumping on the bandwagon.
CC, or color correcting creams, are like BB creams but tend to be slightly thicker to provide color correcting help to cover hyper pigmentation, inflamed acne or redness.
The pros are that they provide a range of finishes and can help you cut down on steps if you’re a busy go-getter. Cons are that shades are generally limited with the fairest and deeper skin tones being left to find other alternatives.
Dr. Jart Premium – gives a light-medium coverage and a satin finish. This power BB packs great ingredients, skin lighteners, high SPF and is great for sensitive skin.
Lumene CC Cream – excellent in coverage and comes in two shades so you can mix and match. Gives a satin-matte finish for dimension without shine and a drugstore price.
Dior HydraLife – a western BB cream with 30+ SPF, a beautiful finish and skin-improving properties. This one is pricey and shades are limited. Skip this if you’re oily or very fair.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer – the original western BB in my opinion, this inexpensive yet powerful tinted moisturizer comes chock full of antioxidants and wrinkle-fighting retinol. This one provides ultra sheer coverage and is perfect for the no makeup days you just want a little something extra. Plus, you can find this in almost any drugstore.
Skin79 Pink – This Korean BB cream provides ultra coverage, cute packaging and high SPF. If you’re into Korean skin care, these are great options for the fair skinned. Watch out for dupes as this one is frequently counterfeit.
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