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June 10, 2013

Blemish to Beauty: The BB Creams Craze

Blemish to beauty.  Do you like the sound of that?  Well, then get excited about the hottest product to hit the beauty market since Smashbox gave us its Photo Finish Primer.  Welcome BB Cream---you are causing quite a stir in Hollywood.  
I recently attended a Beauty Industry West (BIW) lecture focused entirely on BB Creams, AKA Beauty Balm.  I cannot wait to share all of the amazing things I learned about this hot beauty trend on the market now!  BB Cream is your essential skincare and makeup combination in one step.  You can call it “lazy beauty” or just plain brilliant.  BB Creams provides light coverage for everything from post laser scars, acne, to blemishes.  It smoothes skin like a primer, evens out skintone like a foundation, covers up blemishes like a concealer, and best yet, it is moisturizing with SPF. The impressive list of ingredients includes Vitamin C, emulsifier water-in-silicone, anti-inflammatory benefits, all-important antioxidants, peptides, hyaluronic acid, skin-softening lipids, and my favorite, sunscreen.  FYI…Dior’s Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme has an SPF value of 50.  Love that!
BB Creams don’t just offer flawless beauty.  They have brains, too.  They are designed to blend into your skin’s tone for a perfect match to your complexion.  Next time you are making the rounds at the beauty counters, you will notice that each line has only 3 or 4 shades offered.  This is because it blends in to adjust to your correct skin shade.  BB Creams in Asia are going to be thicker; more opaque with fuller coverage, whereas the BB Creams in the states are going to give you a natural, lightweight finish allowing your natural skin to remain visible.  
This is your primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and foundation all-in-one.  Makeup always goes on smoother after you’ve applied moisturized, so I recommend that you always use your moisturizer and then apply your BB Cream.  Your skin will be softer and suppler if you keep-up your moisturizing regiment.  In the beauty industry, moisturizing ingredients are recognized as anti-aging.  So, help your skin battle the clock with a moisturizer AND your favorite BB Cream.  I must remind our lovely readers to remember to remove your BB Cream before bedtime, as it will clog your pores like any other makeup left-on overnight.  Clean skin is beautiful skin!
Here’s what Celebrity makeup artist, Thea Istenes, (whose clients include Eva Longoria, Kate Bosworth, Melissa Miller, & supermodel Miranda Kerr) has to say about BB Creams:  “My clients love BB creams, because they goes on smoothly, melt into their skin, and it look and feel like your not wearing makeup.  It just enhances your natural beauty.  BB Creams have high SPF levels, so they not only enhance your skin, but also protect it. It's skincare and makeup in one, and I love the concept.”
My vote for best BB Cream on the market is Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream.  Why?  Because it primes, perfects, protects, hydrates, and controls oil.  It also has the important component of sunscreen, with an SPF value of 35.  It’s available in 5 lovely shades.

Tagged: acne, beauty balm, blemishes, scars, smooth skin

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