What is BB Cream?
BB Cream, short for Blemish Balm, or Beblesh Balm is a product which unites the benefits of skincare and make-up as one.
The cream is said to have originated in Germany, developed by a dermatologist with a view to being used as a cover up which also provided protection for patients who has just received laser surgery.
However, the products aptitude for providing light coverage, moisture, protection from the sun, and an improvement in the texture of the skin soon meant that BB Creams became a sensation all over Asia and have since remained a cult must have product.
Nowadays there are hundreds of BB Creams on the market, with developments consistently being made so that formulas are improving all the time. Some higher end BB Creams now claim to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst others claim they can help to reduce acne.
Up until quite recently BB Creams have been relatively difficult to get hold of in the UK, unless you were prepared to order online or pay premium beauty prices. However, Garnier have recently just released their take on the Asian sensation, which means it is now accessible to the masses.
I can’t imagine it will be too long before other drug store brands such as L’oreal, jump on the BB wagon, but until then let us discuss Garniers foray into the BB biosphere.
Garnier BB Cream claims to provide 24hr hydration, sheer, luminous and smooth coverage, SPF15 protection and UV protection.
The product comes in two shades, medium and light, and I plumped for the light option as I felt it would be more suitable for my skin tone. I first applied the BB Cream in the morning on clean, dry skin. I was going to use a brush but actually I found this wasn’t necessary as it blended into the skin extremely well just with the use of my fingers.
The cream noticeably improved the appearance of my skin immediately. My pores looked smaller, my skin smoother and brighter and generally my complexion looked much more even. The cream is extremely light, smells fresh, doesn’t feel too heavy if you wear it underneath make-up and it does seem to help my skin retain moisture during the day.
I tend to use this as an alternative to tinted moisturiser on days around the house or when I don’t feel too much like wearing make-up, but I prefer to use the product as a primer under a very light liquid foundation such as Mac Face and Body, or under a light dusting of a mineral powder foundation such as Laura Mercier Mineral Powder.
Though I haven’t tried any other BB Creams with which I can compare Garniers version, I can say that this is good solid product which I am sure will hold it’s own when other BB Creams start to saturate the shelves.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One B.B. Blemish Balm Cream is available from Boots and is priced at £9.99