BB creams: Do you need one?

The latest beauty buzz word you need to know: BB cream. What exactly makes these beauty balms the talk of the beauty world, and should you be including it in your beauty routine? We dig deep to find out.

Apr 23, 2012
Anya Georgijevic
BB cream: Do you need it?

Think of BB creams as the next generation of tinted moisturizers. Also known as a blemish or beauty balm, BB cream is a multitasking product that combines many of the components you are probably already using. It’s a moisturizer, a primer, and a foundation, all packaged into one convenient little tube, sometimes even powered with an SPF protection.

Initially formulated in the 1960s by German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek-Drusio to help cosmetic surgery patients protect their highly sensitive skin from the sun, BB cream soothed the skin and concealed post-treatment redness and even scars. A few years ago, its outstanding ability to even out the skin’s texture was praised by famed Korean actress Song Hye Kyo, inspiring a slew of Asian cosmetics companies to produce commercial versions of the balm.

Recently, BB creams made it onto Canadian beauty counters, with several different options to kick-start your BB cream routine. Keep in mind that North American BB creams take a slightly different approach to their Asian counterparts. The original formulations provide heavier coverage, while North American brands fall more in the tinted moisturizer territory, but all are powered with anti-oxidants and, more often than not, a hefty SPF defense. Depending of your skin’s needs, here is an overview of BB creams currently available in Canada.

For ample coverage
If your complexion is uneven or if you are prone to breakouts, then you are most likely looking for full coverage. In that case, you might want to look for Korean products like Dr. Jart BB Cream SPF 35 ($32.99, and Elemong BB Cream by Jang’s Cosmetics SPF 25 ($50, These BB creams will give you a very opaque coverage; one could potentially break free of their concealer. While these original balms do live up to their hype with fantastic coverage, SPF protection, and anti-aging properties, one might find the colour range a bit limiting, with only one or two shades suitable for very fair complexions.

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