If you want a multi-tasking miracle product that's both a makeup and skin care in one, look no further than a 100% natural BB Cream, the must-have beauty essential that's long been known as a celebrity beauty secret. Get the lowdown on BB's here, and our favourite at BB!
BB cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm and is a fantastic, skin nurturing base that can be used daily as a natural foundation. BB creams are multi-tasking skin saviours that typically provide medium, buildable coverage, mild mineral sun protection and moisture. They are also known for their antioxidant and skin soothing properties which reduces the need for a separate day moisturiser and base, saving your face, money and time!
Most are suited to even the most sensitive skins having originally been created for use after a cosmetic procedure, to help heal skin while disguising redness. They originated in Germany in the 1950s, but it was the Asian beauty market who enlightened the rest of the world to the phenomenon most recently. They are great for all ages and are particularly flattering for mature skin, providing skin with extra moisture for youthful radiance.
Tinted moisturisers provide a more sheer coverage than BB Creams. But they also provide moisture and mild SPF protection. BB Creams go a step further, with ingredients to nurture, calm and regenerate the skin. BB Creams can also be used as foundation primers for those looking for fuller coverage makeup.
They should always contain healthy natural and organic ingredients such as mineral pigments and zinc oxide, and should never contain toxic synthetic chemicals such as parabens or PEGs. BB Creams will give a natural, skin adaptive tint to even out your complexion and conceal redness. Our favourite BB Creams are organic since they provide extra skin care benefits and have very pure, skin-loving ingredients.
La Mav Certfied Organic BB Creme provides a medium to full coverage. Australia's first organic BB Cream, it is bursting with juicy antioxidants, namely Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil, to nurture skin and have anti-ageing properties. In addition, Vitamin E and CoEnzyme Q10 help boost skin repair and prevent the premature signs of ageing. Hyaluronic acid visibly transforms skin texture to appear plumper and keep skin hydrated. The BB Cream comes in two colour adaptive shades, Light and the original Medium, to help naturally even complexion. It give skin a healthy, luminous glow.
BEST FOR: All skin types but particularly beneficial for dry, mature skins and those looking for a fuller coverage.
Lily Lolo Natural BB Cream comes in 3 shades - Fair, Light and Medium. The all-natural mineral formula is more of a makeup than La Mav's BB Cream. However, it still contains nourishing skin oils and anti-ageing mineral pigments. The skin loving natural ingredients include Jojoba and Sweet Almond Oils to care for your skin while perfecting it. It helps blur imperfections and even skin tone with a light to medium coverage, and very natural finish. It is available in 3 shades: Fair, Light and Medium.
BEST FOR: Natural light to medium coverage. Brilliant for young and normal skin types.
INIKA Certified Organic BB Cream is a multitasking 3-in-1 silky formula equals a moisturiser, primer and foundation in one. The beautiful botanical blend includes 80% Certified Organic ingredients. Key ingredients include Prickly Pear, Pomegranate, Avocado and Jojoba Oils. Star ingredient Prickly Pear moisturises and softens the skin, tightens pores and has essential fatty acids to help keep the collagen layer of your skin moist and healthy. Available in 6 stunning shades so you can find your most flawless match, and suited to all skin types, it leaves a natural finish. The coverage is light to medium.
BEST FOR: Those looking for the perfect colour match. Normal and combination skin types. Medium coverage.
By Nina Weston