Friday, March 2, 2012

Beauty - BB what?

What are BB Creams?  Otherwise known as Beauty Balms or Blemish Balms - these have taken the beauty world by storm lately even though they have been on the Asian beauty scene for quite some time.  These balms are multitasking creams that work to address many skin issues that we women deal with.  The formula was reportedly created by German Dermatologists who were looking for a treatment for patients who underwent laser skin surgery - they created a balm that had soothing and skin regenerating properties.  It was discovered by various Asian actresses for beauty purposes and well...so the craze began in Asia.  BB Creams are a all-in-one product - they can act as a primer, a tinted moisturizer, a foundation, concealer, an anti-aging serum, pimple treatment and sunscreen.  Wow - talk about the perfect multipurpose/multitasking product for mom's with very little time to spend on getting themselves ready in the morning!!! 

This month's Real Simple Magazine has highlighted 7 BB Creams - here they are:

1. Stila HD Beauty Balm ($38, ulta.com) - creates a matte finish while reducing redness and irritation.
2. Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 ($38, sephora.com) - gentle botanicals help minimize the appearance of pores.
3. Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 ($32, ulta.com) - light-diffusing pigments give skin a healthy glow.
4. Dr. Jart + Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 ($32, sephora.com) - an ultra-hydrating option that leaves parched skin dewy.
5. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 ($37, clinique.com, available in two fair shades) - a humectant-packed salve ideal for covering flaws on even the lightest complexion.
6. Garnier B.B. Cream Miracle Skin Perfector SPF 15 ($13 at drugstores. Available in two shades) - mineral pigments conceal spots without feeling heavy.
7. Estee Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant BB Cream SPF 35 ($38, esteelauder.com, available in two shades) - vitamines C & E help stave off sun damage.

I hope that you find this article helpful and maybe you'll find the perfect BB Cream to make you look glamorous without spending a lot time doing it!! Enjoy...