BB creams, which are short for Blemish or Beauty Balms, are another one of K-beauty’s miracle that has everyone hooked. The world seems to have acknowledged that Koreans know what they are doing when it comes to makeup and skincare. It seems like every day we get introduced to some magical new makeup/skincare product from Korea that is made to fix all our beauty and cosmetic woes. BB creams, however, are not a new invention since they have been around for a long time now. The world had hyped them earlier but then newer makeup trends pushed them to the back shelf.
BB creams are the best and perfect combination of a foundation and moisturizer. They were created to help provide you with the coverage of a foundation but also to protect and heal your skin at the same time from the harmful elements of the world. BB creams are usually creamy in texture, resembling any other foundation and give you light to medium coverage. They are infused with SPF which protects your skin from harmful sun rays and covers all your blemishes and spots. It is one of the win-win makeup/skincare product that caters to everyone.
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BB creams help you achieve skin that looks youthful, glowing, and hydrated without the hassle of putting on a foundation. You just swipe it on like a moisturizer and get instantly better-looking skin. Since their primary function is to provide moisture and radiance to your skin, the current fall season is perfect to whip out your BB creams. But if you do not have one already, we can help you find the right one for your skin type.
BB creams are perfect for every skin type since it has so many skincare benefits. It caters to all the skin problems that once could face. If you have normal skin that means you need something lightweight but hydrating at the same time. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is one such amazing product. It contains seaweed extract and vitamin E which will help prevent oil production and keep your makeup on for longer. It also has caffeine which helps with fine lines on your face and provides light coverage with a glow to make you look fresh and healthy.
Another amazing BB cream for normal skin types is Erborian BB Crème. Erborian is a brand that infuses Korean beauty with French. It sounds like the perfect combination and works wonders on your skin. This BB cream is mattifying and provides light to medium coverage which is fantastic for when you do not want to bother with a thick layer of makeup on your face and just want to feel refreshed and light. It works best in humid conditions and keeps your face from producing any excess oil. It also has primer infused in it which proves it is the best of both worlds.
People with oily normal skins can have a tough time finding the right product that works for their skin type. Not many brands cater to such a specific skin type and they usually end up getting that is either meant for people with normal or oily skins. But Laneige BB Cushion Pore Blur SPF 50 is the best product for such individuals and skin types. Unlike the standard creamy formula, this one comes in a compact form. The original BB creams used to be in compact forms as well. That makes it easy to apply and wear. It has an oil-free, lightweight, and semi-matte formula that keeps your face hydrated and looking good all day.
Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector is the drugstore solution to your skin problems if you want a cheaper option. It works just as well and provides light-medium coverage with a dewy texture that makes your skin look healthy instead of greasy. It is oil-free so it can help prevent any excess oil production on your face. It makes you look hydrated and youthful while keeping your protected from the sun as well.
Oily skin is a tough one to deal with since many BB creams can come out looking greasy on your skin. While a dewy effect is appreciated, you require something more matte and Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 is the best to provide it all for you. It is a cruelty-free vegan product infused with Amazonian clay, vitamins A, C, E, chamomile, and sodium hyaluronate. It gives you medium-full coverage while burring out any fine lines, blemishes and absorbs all the oil from your face. It leaves you looking dewy and fresh but not greasy and sweaty.
One of the biggest issues people with dry-normal skin face is discoloration due to the dryness of your skin. The skin ends up looking dehydrated no matter how many products you use but Dr. Jart Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 is a great Korean beauty product that helps out with all those problems. It contains soy, vitamin C, arbutin, licorice, adenosine etc. The arbutin prevents melanin production so it blurs out the discoloration on your face. It also makes your face look smooth and hydrated due to the adenosine which helps in skin cell renewal.
Finding hydrating and moisturizing makeup that works perfectly for people with dry skin is like finding a needle in a haystack. It is not just tough but every brand either offers one or the other benefits and not all of them together. They are either hydrating but not full-coverage or full-coverage but not hydrating enough. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ is one of the earliest K-beauty brands to introduce their BB creams for dry skins.
It works so well that it has since created a cult following amongst K-beauty lovers with the whole community singing its praises. The best and most popular ingredient is snail mucin which helps in hydrating, repairing and moisturizing your skin leaving it looking dewy and healthy. It does not just provide great full-coverage but also has a very lightweight formula which makes it feel like you’re barely wearing any makeup. But as is usual with many K-beauty products, the shade range leaves something to be desired and only has shades available from fair to medium skin tones.