Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Are BB Creams the best for your face?

Garnier BB Cream
Nowadays BB creams are widely used and well known. The BB cream in reality stands for 'Blemish Balm' and it is formulated in order to have the functions of a foundation, covering skin imperfections and adding the benefits of treating the face like a traditional skin care product. This hybrid cream aims to do the job of up to 5 and even more tubes of skin care products, such as sun screen, moisturizer, age defying properties, evening skin color, primer and so on... 

Generally their price is quite affordable, taking into consideration the prices of high end foundations, face lift creams and the other skin care products altogether... BB creams are formulated to be the only needed product to use after the face wash, in order to do the magic. There are even BB creams for men's skincare.

But don't expect a BB cream to be the Ginny in the bottle. Unfortunately you can't have it all. It  is very difficult to combine all of this convenience into a single product. Some of BB creams limitations are that they are either light in texture, it's hard to find the right shade for your skin, or they may be too oily or too drying. But the formulations are improving fast, so if you are in a hurry the BB cream may be the way to go. They are worth to try. 

Channel CC Cream
Now a huge trend on the Asian markets are the new generation of CC creams. This 'Color Correction' creams are said to have a lighter texture, to provide better coverage and hydration than the first generation of BB creams.

It may be interesting for you to read the article 'From BB to CC Creams –Innovative Formulation of Multitasking Care' from the International Journal for Applied Science (click to open). It will give a more in depth preview of the BB and CC creams formulations and the faced challenges to improve them.

Here comes the marketing into game... Have you heard of the new DD creams that are coming out? Firstly they were supposed to be Daily Defense Products and they were predicted to offer skin finishing and skincare benefits for the body and feet, ideal for those who don't want to tan, but want the skin on their body to look flawless. 

But, a beauty brand  has announced the launch of a DD cream for face called 'Dynamic Do-All' - a combination of the skincare benefits of a BB cream as well as the Colour Correcting power of a CC cream. Not exactly what it was predicted, isn't it? Ah, this marketing madness...


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