When I first saw there were products called BB creams, I had to google what exactly that “BB” was. (Blemish Balm or Blemish Base, according to Wikipedia). BB creams started as a product to aid in healing and concealing after laser procedures. These all-in-one foundation-moisturizer-sunbloc
My overall reaction is positive. Here’s a quick run-down…
- *Nice texture; not too thick and not too runny.
- *Significant skin-evening effect for me, and the light-medium shade blended well.
- *Long lasting; even after a full day it retained its effect.
- *Only SPF 15. I’d prefer at least SPF 30, and with an active ingredient like Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide (this has a chemical blocker called Octinoxate).
- *Multiple chemical preservatives that can be irritating to sensitive skin
- *Only two options for skin tone. I know the idea is that a transparent cream should blend with many shades of skin, but I can imagine that some very light or very dark complexions would have trouble making one of the two offerings work.
I think that the best part about this product is the simplicity. As a new mom, I really appreciate having fewer steps in a “beauty routine” (and let me use this term loosely). As a dermatologist, let me warn against the label’s promise to “renew” skin. That claim is quite a stretch. Regardless, I liked my results and will continue to use it, adding a squirt of my own daily facial SPF to make it more protective.