Hey all! I just got back from a quick weekend in the seaside town of QingDao (famous for its beautiful bay and world renowned beer) to visit my grandparents. I came back with a bit of salt in my hair, a baggie filled with little L’Occitane goodies that I hoarded from my hotel – the always wonderful Shangri-La (I mean c’mon, this hotel gives you L’Occitane!) – and a new beauty product to try!
My mom’s childhood friend and her daughter Nancy both have awesome skin. So when Nancy mentioned something called BB Cream I was all ears. She was amazed that I didn’t know what BB Cream was! Apparently, BB Creams are HUGE in Asia. They were first introduced by Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (above), and are apparently the beauty product of many Korean stars. So, for many of our Asian readers this may not be a new beauty trend after all, but for all the Americans out there, I’ve done a bit of digging for you!
BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm Cream. It was originally formulated in Germany and give to laser surgery patients to protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes. Sounds pretty good, right? Since then, it’s blown up in Asia. People say it makes a great primer under foundation, while some others have replaced their foundations with BB Creams for a more natural look. Now you’re all thinking, “wait … you’re describing tinted moisturizer”. And I am! But the difference is that BB Cream is good for your skin. It’s supposed to have properties that help soften and refine skin, as well as properties that promote skin regeneration.
Well, with a review like that I had to know more! I immediately went to Sephora and tried out some BB Creams. They come in a wide variety of uses (skin whitening, anti-aging, mattifying, etc.) and all of them had some form of SPF. All BB Creams are tinted and some come in various shades for you to choose. Others only come in one shade and are meant to match itself to your skin. I was pretty skeptical until the one I tried, which at first appeared way too light, magically blended perfectly.
I came home with a BB Cream by the brand Mamonde, which I believe is Korean. I tried it on my face for the first time today and so far I love it! It’s comfortable to wear (more comfortable than most tinted moisturizers I’ve tried) and covers some light blemishes on my face. I picked up a formula for oily-combination skin and it’s reduced my shine, but remained natural looking. I still have a bit of a glow going on, which I like.
I can’t attest to the healing properties of BB Cream yet, but I can say that I wore it today instead of my usual concealer-powder routine and I love it! I have less coverage, but the coverage is enough and I have the aforementioned glow! I’d definitely encourage you all to give BB Creams a try!
BB Creams are all over Asia, but rarely seen in the U.S. For all our American readers, I suggest Amazon! You can find almost anything there. Popular brands include Missha, Skin 79, Mamonde, Etude, and Laneige. If you simply google “BB Cream + your skin type” you can find a lot of helpful suggestions! I’ll keep you posted on my BB Cream adventure and if any of you try/already use BB Creams and want to share, feel free to email me! I’d love to hear what you guys think!