6 beauty balms to try
BB stands for beauty balm. These creams are like tinted moisturizers or light-coverage foundations’but not quite the same thing. If you believe the skincare companies, they’re the ultimate multi-tasker
Dr. Jart+ BB Silver Label Rejuvenating Blemish Base SPF 35
Dr. Jart+ is an Asian beauty balm. BB creams there, including Dr. Jart+, often aim to reduce acne and lighten skin tone, which drives a big part of the skincare industry in Asia.
($33, 50 mL)
Missha M Signature Real Complete B.B. Cream SPF 25
Missha is also a brand from Asia. It’s oil-free and has a high SPF. It has grey undertone and provides heavier coverage than the newer North American versions.
($29, 45 g)
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream
Garnier’s BB cream is oriented to hydration, skin tone evening and skin brightening. It focuses more on beige undertones to correct redness and dullness.
($20, 75 mL)
Estée Lauder Day Wear B.B Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35
BB creams claim to be the ultimate multi-taskers. Some are a little pearlescent; some have anti-aging collagen-boosting ingredients; some have UV protection.
This one claims to be moisturizing, protective and provide flawless perfection.
($51, 30 mL)
Vichy BB Cream NeoVadiol Lumiere Densifying Complexion Enhancing Care
A BB cream that’s available at the drugstore, Vichy claims this is the first anti-aging beauty balm for mature skin.
($44, 40 mL)
Boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27
In Asia (where BB stands for blemish balm), “BB creams have a huge following,” says Sarah Haynes Heath, a spokesperson for Boscia, a brand that originated in Japan and whose BB cream is available at Sephora.
($38, 50 mL).