The best BB creams

Why BB creams are the quick fix buy for instantly flawless skin

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BB creams are the essence of any make-up bag, but that's only if you get it right. Shop our pick of the best all-rounders, now

Everyone is on the hunt for the best BB Cream 2017, and sometimes you just have to ask yourself – what on earth did we do before finding the best BB Cream became a thing? Answer: we either went full coverage, bare, or somewhere in the middle with a chalky tinted moisturiser. You know, those ones that made your skin drier than the desert.

What is BB Cream?

BB cream was the starting point for our obsession with all things Asian skincare. Known in Asia as a Beauty Balm, or occasionally, a Blemish Balm, the best BB cream is essentially a one-product-does-everything kind of thing. You’ll find super-hydrating ingredients like shea butter or hyaluronic acid, normally a broad spectrum SPF, and other skin loving ingredients like antioxidants. Plus, of course, a touch of pigment to even out your skin tone without looking like you’re wearing a heavy foundation. Consider them a tinted moisturiser, and then some.

In fact over the last five years they’ve become so popular that they have become a staple product in many make-up bags. A BB cream serves your skin best when it’s incorporated into your routine. To find one matched perfectly to your skin type, try this personalized quiz.

Although BB Creams found their market in Korea, it was actually formulated the first time round in Germany in the 1960’s by Dr. Christine Schrammek, a dermatologist who needed a product to bridge make-up and skincare for her patients after they had a peel or cosmetic surgery.

But when did western markets get in on the action? They rose to prominence in 2012 and now the Blemish balms are a part of our everyday arsenal – almost every brand will offer BB Cream options and in plenty of shades.

But it doesn’t stop there. Spotting a prime marketing opportunity, many of our favourite brands have taken the alphabet theme and run with it. Now you’ll find the best CC cream and DD cream to suit you, and an array of BB creams for every skin type – whether your skin is dry, oily or a combination of both.

Best BB cream 2017 for oily skin

Look for ingredients like salicylic acid, which is known for its ability to break down the bond that holds dead skin cells together and traps oil. Also try BB creams that contain retinol to promote skin cell renewal.

And don’t underestimate the power of hyaluronic acid – it sounds counter-intuitive, aiming for ingredients that hydrate your skin, but if your skin is hydrated it won’t try to compensate with oil. Find the ultimate hydrating serums to go under your BB cream on Powder.

Best BB cream 2017 for dry skin

Once again, hyaluronic acid will be your best friend. It’s able to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, making it a great hydrator. Look for humectant ingredients too, as they attract from your environment and draw it into your skin.

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge, find your best BB cream in our edit…

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