This week I am doing some basic Asian beauty guides for newbies who would like to know more about Asian products. Today is BB Creams!
BB stands for Blemish Balm.
BB cream was originally formulated in Germany to help laser surgery patents protect and heal their skin. In Korea it really took off and therefore most of the major BB creams come from Korean brands.
BB creams tend to offer a all in one protection; moisturiser, concealer, foundation, SPF, whitening. Technically it’s supposed to be good for all skin types even acne prone, sensitive and those with blemishes.
The type of results you are supposed to get:
Most of the big Korean companies make a BB cream. Some to investigate:
Skin 79, Etude House, Skinfood, BRTC, Liole, Baviphat, Dr Jart, Orkis, Missha just to name a few.
Candy says:I have tried various BB creams and I am dying to find one that works but I have had 2 major problems with them.
1. The shading.
Korean base as with a lot of Asian bases cater for lighter skinned women – that’s just what their market is. So me, with my medium toned skin finds it a challenge getting a BB cream that is dark enough.
Even if it is dark enough I’ve found BB creams can leave an ashy cast on the skin, almost ghostly white, and or too golden.
You can use the product strategically and not all over or mix it with a darker product though.
2. The oily texture
I’ve found all BB creams to have a somewhat oily base. I have dry skin and it makes me oily so I don’t see how these will suit those with very oily skins. They’re thick – now you CAN buy water based BB products but these are very hard to locate, I have been trying to get my hands on one for a while.
It breaks me out too – once I get those spots I just stop using the product altogether.
Some BB Cream Reviews:
Etude House V-Line BB Cream
Ishizawa Labs Nanonce BB Cream
Skinfood Aloe BB Cream
An Asian product worth trying?
In my opinion – No. I’ve yet to use a BB cream I just like, nevermind love. I’d highly recommend getting samples before investing in a full size product.
Got any BB cream info to share, please leave a comment!