What Is BB Cream?

BB cream has been around for a while now, but there is still some confusion surrounding this coveted beauty bag staple. To keep things simple, we’ve created a complete guide on everything you need to know, from what a BB cream is and who should be using it to how to apply, and the lowdown on our personal faves. Keep scrolling for all the deets.

What Is A BB Cream?

Falling somewhere between a moisturiser and a foundation, BB creams (AKA beauty balms) are designed to hydrate, protect, and correct the complexion. BB creams are often enriched with other skin-loving ingredients such as antioxidants, acids, or SPFs to nourish and treat the skin whilst delivering a lightweight, even, and natural finish.

Who Should Use A BB Cream?

If you are in a rush, breaking out, experiencing redness, or just want to rock the no makeup look, BB cream is a worthy investment. Opt for a formula targeted to your specific skin concerns and you won’t go far wrong.

How Should You Apply It?

One of the best things about BB creams is their versatility. They can be applied all over the face using the ‘dot and blend’ technique or over troublesome areas such as under the eyes, over blemishes, and on uneven patches. Start by measuring the amount you need on the back of your hand and use your fingers, a brush, or a sponge to blend in.

Which Ones Are The Best?

The best BB cream for you all depends on what you want to achieve from your latest base staple. To help you narrow it down, we’ve rounded up the best beauty balms around for protecting the skin, locking in hydration, and delivering a glowing finish. Keep reading to meet your match.

Our Picks

For UV Protection: Dermadoctor Defining BB Cream SPF30

We know we bang on about it a lot but protecting your skin from UV rays on a daily basis is super important. One of the easiest ways to incorporate sun protection into your routine is with a BB cream enriched with SPF. Dermadoctor’s Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF30 reduces the risk of sun damage to help maintain a smooth and youthful finish. The innovative formula adjusts to your skin tone to deliver a truly customised result, blending seamlessly over the complexion and evens out any imperfections.

For Restoring Moisture: INIKA Organic BB Cream

Thirsty skin? INIKA Organic BB Cream works to nourish and moisturise the complexion for a softer and smoother base. This multi-tasking beauty balm is packed full of nourishing organic ingredients like prickly pear, pomegranate, avocado, and jojoba oils, melting into the skin to deliver a hydrating and brightening boost.

For Glowing Skin: Bali Body BB Cream SPF15

Instantly brighten up your complexion with Bali Body BB Cream SPF15. The lightweight formula is perfect for applying as a primer to give your skin a dewy, lit-from-within glow that lasts all day long. Enriched with a whole host of skincare heroes such as hyaluronic acid, marine collagen, and green tea, this BB cream will ensure that you ace your base in one simple step.