The great myth of B.B. creams continues, and it’s still urban legend to those outside of Asia. I asked a beauty editor in the U.S. about the baffling B.B. cream and she had never heard of it. Many brands boast one in their lines, including my beloved Bobbi Brown (no connections to her initials!). But here is the thing – for the most part, B.B. creams are only sold in Asia and often only at airports. Bizarre? I say yes!
So I picked up a tube the other day and still, for the life of me, couldn’t decipher what B.B. means (my original guess was Blemish Block, as it promises to prevent freckles/blemishes, etc). After some research, I learned that it’s, indeed, an acronym for Blemish Balm – I was close!
Originally prescribed in Germany to help heal laser surgery marks, it is more than just a tinted moisturizer. Most have an SPF of 50, active ingredients to whiten and lighten (of course, since 90% of products here focus on whitening the skin) and provide really good coverage. I personally like the convenience of a high level SPF with my cover-up, but this one is tad bit greasy and heavy. I solve that problem by diluting it with a lightweight moisturizer. It then becomes the perfect daily sunscreen/moisturizer/foundation, and there’s certainly no myth in its efficacy!
Girls in the States, if you want a B.B. cream of your own, try Boscia‘s version – with SPF 27 and oil- and paraben-free. And even available at Sephora!
Uvidea XL B.B. Cream. At La Roche-Posay.
Boscia B.B. Cream. At Sephora for $38.