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Introduction To BB Creams
After our last article mentioned BB Cream some folks contacted us asking for more information. What were once unusual products you could only find online or importfrom Asia are now being created by all the major beauty brands. While the popularity of BB cream has exploded in the last few years there are some who have don’t understand what a BB cream really is. Here’s all you need to know on the latest craze to hit the beauty market.
History Of BB Creams
Let’s start with why BB cream were invented in the first place. BB stands for blemish balm or beauty balm. The original cream was created by a German dermatologist Dr Christine Schrammek. She wished to simplify the post laser surgery process for her patients. The doctor was looking to make a product that would aid in protecting and healing the skin after these treatments. She also wanted a cream that would give coverage. This all new formula became an overnight sensation first in South Korea and then throughout Asia. Asian women are known to be the biggest fans and consumers of skincare products. BB creams became an instant hit among these demanding consumers. Market research had shown that the average Asian woman had a 7 step skincare routine. This changed with the coming of the BB cream.
How BB Creams Work
The majority of BB creams provide protection from the sun’s rays, with a rating of SPF 15 or higher. This is what the American Academy of Dermatology recommends for daily sun protection. The best BB creams contain titanium oxide and zinc oxide, a water resistant ingredient.
Apart from sun protection BB creams provide sheer cover to help give the skin a no makeup appearance. They blur problematic areas on the skin and give a natural looking complexion that many women desire. BB Cream coverage is often mineral based and will both cover and treat blemishes such as sun spots, age spots and acne. Most good creams also have anti-inflammatory, anti-wrinkle and beneficial soothing effects. Rather than giving the appearance of nice well applied makeup they give the appearance of beautiful natural skin.
Choosing The Right BB Cream
Thinking about adding a BB Cream to your beauty routine? There are some useful tips when choosing the right one. Choose one with a high SPF rating to protect your skin from the sun without the need for an additional sunscreen. The tint in the cream will inhibit any white cast on your skin. Always choose the best quality cream you can. Always invest in the best sunscreen and skincare, with a good BB cream covering both. A helpful ingredient to look for is dimenthicone. This is an ingredient that helps smooth the skin and act like a foundation and a primer at the same time.
Remember that a cheap $5 BB cream from the corner store will not provide the same results you get from a high quality one in the $40-50 range. Always look brands made in the US or Europe as these tend to be the best available.
Shop now for BB Creams in our Wrinkle/Skincare section.