BB Cream: Why Everyone is Raving About It


If you haven’t heard of BB cream by now, you must be living under a rock… on the moon. My readers asked that I give my 2 cents about this product and here’s what I think.
Big in Korea, then Asia
The ‘BB’ in BB cream stands for ‘Blemish Balm’. This product was first used by German dermatologists on their patients after lasers and peels, as a moisturizer and make-up base. Korean celebrities, however, were the ones who popularised it, and before long, BB cream fever had spread from Korea to Japan and China, and reached the shores of Singapore about 1 year ago.
What’s in BB cream which makes it so sought after?
BB cream is, simply put, the make-up equivalent to the 2, 3, 4-in-1 shampoos that were popular some years ago. It is a tinted make-up base infused with other active ingredients with for e.g. skin lightening or anti-aging properties. It also has moisturizing properties and often comes with some sun protection as well.
Choosing the Right BB cream
BB creams are popping up everywhere these days, hence, choosing the suitable one may be a chore. Popular brands include BRTC, Missha, Etude.

We must remember that BB creams are primarily a make-up product. It is a good skin primer to apply before your concealer. Choosing from the limited shades can be tricky. Here’s a tip: use one which is of a lighter tone to impart radiance to your complexion.

Also look for for the secondary properties of the BB cream (e.g. anti-acne, whitening), and choose one which can help address your skin’s problems.

Is BB cream the end of all other skin care products and make-up?

While BB creams have pushed the boundaries of make-up products by doing more for your skin than their conventional counterparts, those who wish to use BB cream to replace their current treatment serums, moisturizers, sunscreens, etc, will be disappointed.

The secondary (anti-aging/ lightening/ anti-acne) ingredients in BB cream are not of medical grade or of high enough concentration compared to regular skin care products. Hence it not sufficient enough as a stand-alone skin care product.

Your usual daytime skin care (treatment serums, sunblock, etc) is still very important; this is especially true for those with problematic skin. Needless to say, your night time skin care regime should also be unchanged.

As a make-up product, BB creams often cannot replace your foundation or concealer due to the limited selection of shades, unless you are lucky enough to find a suitable shade for your skin tone.

The product has become very popular with men (yes, a lot of men use BB creams these days!) as a thin layer does wonders to the colour and texture of their skin, yet allowing them to look natural!