Sudden travel plans indeed are the best way to travel the world. But if you think practically, do you get the time to pack everything correctly? If you are a guy, I am sure you don’t care about what to pack, but if you are a girl, do you take your entire makeup kit? Dozens of skin moisturisers and sunscreens? What if I tell you that there is a way that you can carry one item that has everything? Makeup, moisturiser and sunscreens are all present in BB creams. So I am going to talk about the best BB creams. Also, give you enough information about it so that you can choose your favourite.
What Is A BB Cream?
BB creams are the best solution if you want to save yourself some money and space. This is one skin care product that contains everything you wish a beauty product to have.; moisturiser, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, foundation, anti-ageing and what not.
History Of BB Creams
BB creams, also known as Blemish balms or Beauty balms, were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist, Christine Schrammek in the 1950s. It was originally designed to help post-peel treatment patients to mask the redness on their skin.
But decades later, in 2005, Korean brands brought the concept of BB creams to the Asian market and from there it quickly spread to other countries. In 2011, BB cream spread in the US market. Today almost every major brand has a BB cream in its drugstore.
What Do Best BB Creams Actually Do?
The question actually should be what do best BB creams not do? Because they do everything. Here are a few properties BB creams have that can help you on a daily basis to treat your skin with everything.
- BB creams offer sun protection. They have a spectrum SPF 30-50 or higher which provides a good amount of sun protection.
- It is safe to use BB creams on a daily basis. It has zinc oxide, physical sunblocks that have built-in water resistant properties.
- BB creams contain ingredients like peptides and antioxidants like Vitamin A, C and E. These ingredients have anti-ageing properties.
- It also contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin that keep the skin moisturised for a long time.
- Arbutin is another ingredient that helps in even toning the skin.
- Dimethicone helps smooth the skin and acts as a foundation primer.
But not every BB cream is for every skin type. So here are a few recommendations for different skin types.
6 Best BB Creams For Your Skin Type
Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream
This affordable BB cream promises seven benefits in one product. Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream covers blemishes, even tones the skin, smoothens the skin, keeps it hydrated for a longer time, brightens the skin, enhances the complexion and also acts as a sunscreen. It helps the skin remain oil-free yet moisturised for a longer duration. Its coverage is as good as a light foundation and your face will still feel lightweight. This is one of the best BB creams that you can use without even thinking. When you don’t want to overdo, reach out to this product. You will not regret it.
Skin type: Normal/Oily Skin
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Aging gives you sun protection with SPF 20, but I would recommend you to apply a sunscreen before applying this cream. SPF 20 is not enough sun protection. This is the only con in the product. Apart from this the cream is light and can act as a primer for you as well. Before applying your makeup, this will help you to blend everything very nicely.
The cream is made from retinol which is an extracted form of Vitamin A.
This helps in the renewal of the skin and making it healthier. Retinol is one of the best skin care ingredients. The cream gives you a combination of sunscreen, moisturiser, primer/ concealer and a retinol cream.
Skin type: All skin types
Burt’s Bees BB Cream SPF 35
A little extra moisture and protection do not harm the skin. And this is what Burt’s bees BB cream gives, a little extra of everything. The cream is rich in minerals and provides benefits to your skin like, SPF 15 sun protection (which again is not sufficient), moisturization, skin smoothening, skin firming, even toning the skin, concealing, skin repair, firms your skin and also functions as a primer. You can use it the way you want to. The natural ingredient present in the cream is the noni plant extract which is very rich in antioxidants and helps in keeping the skin moisturised. Most of the ingredients present in the cream are natural ingredients. So when you apply this on your face, be rest assured that you are doing no harm to your skin.
Rating: 3.5/5 (Because of less SPF. That is the most important property for me :P)
Skin type: Dry/ Normal skin
Bobbi Brown BB Cream With SPF 15
Bobbi Brown BB cream with SPF 35 is a mode of hydration to your skin. Ingredients like Argireline peptide is best for fighting wrinkles. It covers imperfection and even tones the skin, Draws moisture to the skin and brightens the skin as well. Remember how much I love sunscreens? It shields your skin from UV-A and UV-B radiations and is best for oily to normal skin types. A few other ingredients are hyaluronate acid and emollients that are best for hydrating the skin. Botanical extracts and caffeine reduces discolouration and prevents redness. Sodium Dehydroacetate, Titanium Dioxide and Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract are a few other ingredients that are best for your skin care routine.
The only con is the price which is on the higher side but if you can afford a BB cream like this, you won’t need any other skincare routine.
Skin type: Oily/ Normal skin
MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42
SPF 42! What do you think I am going to say? MISSHA is one of the most trusted brands that you can use. MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream provides heavy sun protection still is lightweight and does not give a cakey effect on your skin. This BB cream not only covers blemishes but also provides full coverage. Comes in a compact packaging that makes it easy for you to carry when travelling. One thing you need to know about the product is that it appears a little greyish when you start applying it but then it quickly oxidises and matches your natural skin tone. Six different shades are available in the same product at a very convenient price.
Rating: This one is ★ for me. 5/5
Skin type: All skin types
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 30
NARS Pure Radiant is an oil-based formula and provides a good amount of sun protection with SPF 30. Simultaneously, it reduces hyperpigmentation and dark spots. The cream is infused with natural ingredients that keep the skin hydrated. It is rich in minerals and helps in reviving the skin making it smoother and softer. You can use this BB cream as your foundation base also. Apart from this you can mix this with your illuminator and apply it on your cheeks and temples. Makeup sorted?
Rating: A little costly so 4/5.
Skin type: Normal/ Dry Skin
These were the best BB creams that are amazing for your skin. But there is something more to it.
I would say, BB creams are a jack of all trades but master of none. I’ll explain! There are a few limitations to BB creams. There will be some or the other thing that your BB cream is not doing well.
- It will either not moisturise your skin properly, or will not properly protect you from the UV rays or will not provide enough coverage.
- Always remember, that BB creams are alternatives of makeup. Apply and forget. But if you want a full-fledged makeup, BB cream will not be sufficient for you.
- BB creams come in very less number of shades.
- You will not be able to find a BB cream that fights acne for you.
- People with dry skin tend to avoid BB creams. This is because usually, they need heavy moisturising.
So, this is everything you need to know about BB creams. I hope this article was helpful. Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions regarding the best BB creams.
Have a fun trip!