“It’s really popular among Koreans, eh, you do research on it and tell me if its good,” said a friend of mine a couple of months back when she told me about BB Creams. I’ve never heard of them before she mentioned it to me.
For the uninitiated, BB Cream or blemish balm cream is one of the hottest beauty products in Asia. Orignally from Germany, it was used by dematologists to help laser surgery patients soothe and regenerate the skin.
Soon after, Korean celebrities started using the cream and a craze was born. Seeing the $ potential, cosmetic companies took the idea and turned it into a product widely available to the public.
The companies came up with a product suitable for all skin types, and is especially suited for those with sensitive and acne-prone skin (like moi).
BB Creams have make-up as well as skincare properties and claim to even out skin tone, camouflage under eye circles and acne scars. It also gives the skin a boost of radiance – all this without the heavy mask-like feel of foundation. Apparently, prolonged use of the product will help improve the skin’s overall texture and lighten acne scars.
Sounds too good to be true, no? So I had to try one. After a little research, I discovered that many beauty blogs recommended Skin Food’s Aloe BB Cream. If you are unsure whether you’d like the product and want something affordable for your little experiment, then the 50g tube at RM54.90 is a pretty safe bet. The Face Shop’s BB Cream is said to clog pores while Missha’s one doesn’t come cheap.
Aloe Sun BB Cream with SPF 20 PA+
I’ve been using it for a month and a half now and I like it. So far, there’s no Mount Versuvius-like eruptions on my face and it doesn’t clog the pores too badly. Well, at least not as bad compared to the time I used to slap on foundation.
However, you’ve got to treat it like make-up and make sure you cleanse it off with a cleanser. The friendly Skin Food sales assistant suggested the Tea Tree Cleansing Emulsion (RM32.50 for 170ml), which is suitable for oily skin. I like the smell of it. Oh yeah, it does the job well too.
The Aloe BB Cream comes in two shades – #1 and #2 – the former being the lighter one, while the latter being the darker one. Extremely limited choices especially for us Malaysians who are more on the tanned side. I’m using the #2 shade and if I’m not careful (that is squeeze out too much) I’ll look like I have a mask on. Ask Orchid :-P.
The texture is rather creamy, but it glides on easily over the skin. Apart from that, it smells lovely. It is also reported that the Aloe BB Cream helps control oil production. Frankly, it doesn’t work on me.
As for the claims of even-ing out skin tone and covering acne scars and such: 1) it only provides sheer coverage for scars and under eye dark circles so don’t put away the concealer yet and 2) yup, you will look radiant when you have the cream on – no joke.
All said, I like the Aloe BB Cream and have been using it daily.
Note: Also selling at Skin Food in Malaysia is the Gingko BB Cream, which is more suited for dry skin as it has moisturising properties. A no-no for my skin. Remember Mount Versuvius :-P.
Is BB Cream part of your beauty regime? What works for you and what doesn’t? What would you recommend?
Source: MakeUp For Life (on BB Creams)
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