Think you need full-coverage foundation for your acne-prone, sensitive skin? A BB cream might actually be the better route to a clear, radiant complexion.
BB cream is one of the latest crazes in beauty products. Almost every makeup line now offers at least one—and sometimes several—BB creams.
'BB' stands for 'beauty balm', a hybrid product that treats skin while offering light coverage. BB creams are essentially a modern, skin-perfecting take on the tinted moisturisers that have been available for decades.
These products can work wonders for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Here are four reasons to consider giving BB creams a try.
1. Light Coverage
BB creams offer light-to-moderate coverage. You might think that's a bad thing if your face is covered in rashes or spots, but it doesn't take much pigment to conceal the redness of even the worst skin reactions.
Better still, lighter coverage means less makeup sitting on your skin and settling into your pores. If you find that your skin reacts to every makeup you try, BB creams might be your best option for flawless skin.
2. Treatment and Coverage
BB creams contain a wide range of ingredients designed to treat skin problems. These include:
- Antioxidants, such as vitamin E, to combat the ageing effects of free radicals
- Moisturisers, such as hyaluronic acid
- Smoothing ingredients, such as silicone
- Lightening ingredients, such as arbutin
Put simply, a beauty cream is skincare plus makeup, making it an ideal all-in-one choice for beauty devotees in a hurry. Simply pick a product specifically formulated for your complexion type and issues.
For example, Payot Hydra24 Perfection BB Cream contains oil-reducing salicylic acid, making this product ideal for greasy, acne-prone skin. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream moisturises dry skin while protecting it from the sun's damaging rays.
3. Luminising Ingredients
If you've ever noticed that your skin looks ashen or fake with foundation, it's because foundation can conceal your skin's natural variations in tone and texture. These variations give your skin its healthy glow.
BB creams work with, not against, your skin. Many creams contain light-reflecting pigments that conceal dark circles and other imperfections without concealing your skin's natural—and lovely—colour variations.
The subtle brightening these particular products offer can help your skin look younger and more vibrant. Try Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream to cover acne and irritation while cultivating a youthful radiance.
The Illusion of Perfection
If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you probably already know the frustration of watching your friends go makeup-free as you hurriedly apply a full face of concealer and foundation. The skin-perfecting qualities of BB cream let you get a taste of the makeup-free look.
BB creams are easy to apply, and their light coverage means you won't need to blend meticulously or use any special applicators. When you're done, you'll look like you're wearing no makeup at all on your 'naturally' gorgeous complexion.