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The “BB Cream” is supreme.
Originally designed to regenerate the skin of patients who underwent laser treatments, BB Cream has now morphed into an everyday beauty staple.
Considered the Swiss-Army knife of the beauty industry, the BB cream is your all-in=one balm for flawless skin. BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm, depending on the country you are in and the brand of product.
However, the idea is the same: It’s a moisturizer, sun block, primer and foundation all in one product. This skincare/makeup hybrid is the biggest beauty trend in Asia, an absolute must with Korean actresses, and is also trending big here in the States. But does it really work?
It does seem to be the answer to all our skincare woes in one tube. It brightens, soothes the skin, evens out the skin tone, covers blemishes, hydrates, and protects the skin from UV damage. Super model in a bottle, and done!
With companies like Garnier, Estee Lauder, and MAC rolling out their own versions of this super cream, it is obvious that this is just the beginning of the ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ cream trend.
I personally am thrilled by the idea. For years, I have been mixing tinted moisturizer together with glow creams and sunscreen, and I have taught my clients to do the same. I think it is an idea long overdue, and whose time has arrived.
If you absolutely must have a product that gives great coverage while still giving you the illusion of a ‘no makeup’ look, and also treats your skin to anti-aging goodness and sun protection, then the BB cream just might be for you.
Stephanie Stika is an experienced esthetician, nail tech, and makeup artist with over 15 years experience in the field of beauty. She is the owner of Faccia Bella Beauty Room in Redding where she does customized facials, face and body waxing, pedicures, body treatments and makeup artistry.
She lives in Redding with her husband and two young daughters. When not beautifying others, she enjoys British television and trivia games.