BB stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm.
German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek first invented this multipurpose cream in the 1960s. Her intention was to provide a soothing cream to patients recovering from laser procedures or surgery. In the 1980s, BB cream made its way to Asia and its popularity surged when creamy-skinned Korean actresses began touting the product. Now, the cult following has jumped over to the United States where women are raving about the effectiveness, convenience and value of BB cream.
BB cream is a skincare/makeup hybrid that provides the hydration of a moisturizer, coverage of a light foundation and, in some cases, the sun protection of a sunscreen. How is it different from a tinted moisturizer? The texture is creamier than most tinted moisturizers and BB creams generally offer more coverage than tinted moisturizer (though less than foundation).
Start with a BB cream like L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. Described by a reviewer as having a “soft, silky finish,” L'Oreal BB cream contains skin-nourishing antioxidant vitamin E for all day hydration, and evenly distributes a sheer coverage with tiny micro beads of color. Choose from four shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Deep) to match your skin tone. L'Oreal's BB Cream dries with a matte finish, which is great for oily or combination skin types.
Using your fingers, dab BB cream around your face, then blend with your fingertips or a sponge. Use additional layers for areas that need more coverage. You should see a smooth, flawless finish after applying.
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