Beauty balm or blemish balm. Those words sound like they belong on my face.
What do you get when you mix foundation, moisturiser and sunscreen?
At the moment you will get BB cream (or in my opinion, the new age tinted moisturiser)
BB Cream originally appeared in Germany in the 1960s for Laser treatment patients. By the mid 1980’s the smooth skinned pharmaceutical Geniuses of Korea had created it for their educated market. In the last few years American scientists have reformulated for their customers.
The American and Asian BB creams are generally formulated differently. The American for anti-aging and skin protection and the Asian for its skin whitening and smoothing properties.
So, what does it do?
Not all BB’s will be equal. Most seem to have similar ingredients and I want to touch very quickly on two of them:
One of my favourite ingredients is Sodium Hyaluronate or, Hyaluronic Acid.
You will also sometimes see it written as:
Hyaluronate Sodium or Hylan.
Hyaluronic Acid naturally occurs in the body. It mostly appears in eye tissue and joints.
We are going to get nerdy again:
Hyaluronate is an important component of articular cartilage, it is here that it is found around the outside of cells and in a word is responsible for making the cartilage stand up to compression. When we get sunburnt (by the UVB rays)the skins cells slow down their production in hyaluronate increasing the skins ageing process.
-Hyaluronic acid is MAJORLY important to slow down ageing. Getting burnt kills the hyaluronate and speeds up the ageing process.
So keeping in mind the above biology lesson the second ingredient you will (and should) find on the back of your BB bottle is Sunscreen. Otherwise known as Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate.
You can also look for Titanium Dioxide, a known mineral UV Blocker.
As a new mum I know how time pushed we can be so I tried a few different BB creams last week. Garnier, Estee Lauder and Natio.
Each time I concealed first, shushed my baby, used my fingers to apply the BB cream, shushed my baby and then powdered over the top with a Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish. Hot tip: Its quick and easy to apply.
On the Natio night I had dinner with two Makeup Artist friends of mine and my BB cream got rave reviews.
So does BB cream have a place in a Makeup Artists Kit or is it a home use product?
Honestly us Makeup Artists are hired for our skill, expertise and high end professional products. We apply our primers, pore mattifiers, concealers, foundations, powders, sealers and all of the rest with years of training, and an expert eye. We are selected to create beautiful Makeups so it quite possibly does not have a place in the professional kit.
However, when you are at home and have 15 minutes to get ready in the morning BB Cream may just be your saviour.