Have you discovered the best BB cream for your skin yet? Having made their European debut in 2011, following huge success in the Asian market, BB creams quickly made an impact on the beauty world thanks to their successful marrying of skincare and make-up benefits. But what is a BB cream, really? Some companies refer to them as blemish balms, others as beauty balms, but the general consensus is that they should provide hydration, SPF protection and sheer coverage alongside soothing and healing properties – preventing the need for numerous separate products.
The similarity to tinted moisturisers has been noted – and yes, many are just that – but the true purpose of BB creams is to go one step further, with additional ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to regenerate skin. Originally created by dermatologists for patients to use after going through laser skin surgery, the idea is that BB creams actually provide genuine skincare benefits – as well as providing enough coverage to be used in the place of foundation. Think lazy Saturdays, when you want your skin to look fresh but flawless, without the 10-step regime. Discover the best BB cream products available to buy now.
With an impressive shade range and blendable formula, Bobbi Brown’s simply-named BB Cream is a great all-purpose option. It offers both UVA and UVB protection, and enough coverage to see you through the day.
Bobbi Brown BB Cream; £32. Available at Bobbibrown.co.uk.
Offering fuller coverage than many BB creams, Pixi By Petra’s Beauty Balm comes in six shades and hydrates and nourishes the skin with ceramides, hyaluronic acid and adenosine.
Pixi By Petra Beauty Balm; £22. Available at Cultbeauty.co.uk.
The first BB cream to have launched in Europe, Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB features SPF 15 protection as well as mineral pigments for a flawless finish – and at a great price point too.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Blemish Balm Cream; £9.99. Available at LookFantastic.com.
Packed with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, the Estée Lauder Daywear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme aims to plump, moisturise and control excess oil, whilst offering sheer but long-lasting coverage and SPF 35 protection. Plus, a little goes a long way.
Estée Lauder Daywear BB Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme; £42. Available at Strawberrynet.com
Part of La Roche-Posay’s ever-popular Effaclar range, which is created especially for acne-prone skin, Effaclar BB Blur offers subtle coverage and minimises the appearance of pores and imperfections.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur; £16.50. Available at LookFantastic.com.