BB Cream, Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, whichever you choose to call it, I feel it should be a must in any busy woman’s make-up bag. A BB Cream gives the same amount of light coverage as a tinted moisturiser with a little more depth, but are much less heavy than regular foundation. They have many other added benefits such as a built-in primer, anti-ageing serum, anti-inflammatory, sunscreen, the ability to even skin tone, added oil control, “blurring” of fine lines or may minimise the appearance of pores. Depending on which brand you buy, these will vary slightly, but generally all BB Creams claim to even skin tone, moisturise, correct blemishes, brighten your complexion and contain an SPF.
As I have a few pigmentation marks on my face, I thought that I’d give a BB Cream a try and see what it did for my slightly blotchy complexion. I bought Garnier’s Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream. On the box it states that it hydrates for 24 hours (even though I have a naturally oily skin, it is still a little dehydrated, so this was a plus), it evens tone, corrects blemishes, boosts healthy glow and has a UV protection SPF 15.
I wasn’t expecting much, as being an all-in-one I knew it would give a very light coverage, but I was happy with the end result. Not only did the BB Cream even out my skin tone and disguise the pigmentation marks (it did not hide them completely like foundation would, but it did even them out enough for me not to worry about looking “patchy”), it also covered the odd blemish too, leaving me with a much more radiant looking complexion and a barely there, “not wearing make-up” look, which is great for those days when you don’t really want to be wearing full-on make-up (like going to the beach, etc.), but still want to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. This product would also be great for ladies who don’t like wearing foundation at all or who ‘don’t have the time’ to apply foundation, as this all-in-one would replace your moisturiser in the morning. You’ll need to experiment a little to find the correct amount to use for your skin type, as I found the excess product made my skin look rather shiny (a light dusting of powder does fix this), but after a few days of trial and error, I found that a pea-sized amount was ample for my skin.
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector Daily All-in-One BB Cream is available from Farmers, selected department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies and online.