What is BB cream?
You may be familiar with the term BB creams, or blemish balm, but do you really know what they are? Unlike foundations, the sole purpose of which is to hide blemishes and imperfections, BB creams are a hybrid of makeup and skincare. They contain a cocktail of complexion bettering ingredients that nourish, correct and protect the skin, all the while providing light coverage.
Who are they suitable for?
Anyone who’s into a less-is-more approach to their base. BB creams will. But they work with your skin rather than against it. If you’re opting for more of a natural look or you simply want to give your face a break from foundation beauty balms are for you. Think your skin but better.
Which formula should I choose?
There are plenty of different options that cater to a wide variety of skin concerns like ageing, dullness, pores etc. We’ve done the hard work for you (because we’re nice like that) and included the best BB creams for every kind of complexion…
Best for getting your glow on:
Available in three colours, this bronze boosting formula is a game-changer for dull, sallow skins. The infusion of hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich green tea and marine collagen delivers a hefty dose of moisture, giving your face a dewy golden glow. Added SPF15 protects your complexion against UV damage, though we always suggest using at least factor 30 to ensure that you are fully protected.
Best for blemishes:
There’s a reason this cute little tube has amassed over 40 five-star reviews on BEAUTY BAY. Boasting a handful of hard-working ingredients this clarifying formula is a one-stop-shop to better skin. Combining anti-inflammatory niacinamide, tea tree oil and aloe vera the lightweight formula fights blemishes and refines pores. It also contains SPF50 mineral sunscreen for maximum natural protection.
Best multi-use BB cream:
Dermadoctor’s offering does do it all – and then some. Suitable for all complexions, the multipurpose cream adapts to your skin tone and offers a broad range of corrective anti-ageing benefits. Once on, it blends seamlessly into the skin, providing light coverage without product buildup. We love it for its ability to instantly perk up complexions and the fact that it has SPF30 to shield skin from any environmental damage.
Best for green-fingered beauty lovers:
If natural products are your jam, Inka’s Certified Organic BB will be right up your street. With 80% organic ingredients – the majority of which are nutritious natural oils – this is a green juice for your face. Avocado, rosehip, pomegranate, geranium and prickly pear are just some of the botanicals in this glorious blend. With continued use, your skin will be softer, smoother and more radiant. Sold.
Best for coverage:
Sometimes you just need a little bit more coverage than your regular BB. In this instance, LA Girl has got your back. The experience is all the more similar to a foundation, but with all the benefits of good old BB. There are eight colours to choose from ranging from very fair to dark. Each one is infused with nourishing vitamins B3, C and E to replenish and restore the skin. Oh and did we mention the formula is free from fragrances, parabens and animal cruelty?
Best for brightening skin:
Lacklustre skin got you looking a bit meh? Us too. Thankfully Skin79 have got the answer. The combination of powerful brightening and anti-ageing ingredients make this concoction our preference for instantly perking up tired, dry faces. Rich in reparative antioxidants that help stimulate collagen production and SPF30 to prevent UV damage, it really does do what it says on the tin.