Saturday, 4 June 2016

The alphabet system in skincare and their differences - BB creams

The summer is here and apart from the holidays we're all dreaming, we need to start thinking about SPF. The need for a little bit of coverage during the day alongside with the SPF lead us towards the Asian inspired BB, CC, DD and EE creams. This  post will be divided in different parts and will try to decode and identify the differences between these creams helping you figure out which is the most suitable for you. 

BB creams (beauty balms or blemish balms) provide not only coverage but beneficial skin care additives and SPF. There is a similarity noted with tinted moisturisers but BB creams take the beauty ritual one step further with moisturising agents like hyaluronic acid to hydrate and with anti-oxidants to help battle wrinkles. The best part is that there is one for every skin type and even people with problematic skin can find acne-friendly formulas that are oil and fragrance free.

The first and only BB cream I've tried is the Dior Hydra Life BB. It has a thick consistency and gives a medium to full coverage which is enough to cover imperfections and make your skin more even. It is better applied with fingers rather than a sponge or a brush and gives a natural glow. Mature skins will appreciate this product even more, since the hydration it provides makes your skin look plump. The colour range is a bit disappointing with only three shades which are quite salmony and peachy (I've got 002 Golden Peach). It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Combination and oily skins will definitely have to set it with powder and if you live in humid and hot climates take your powder in your bag, you'll need it during the day. 

Overall, it is a good product that will offer you great coverage and SPF30, but I think is better for drier, more mature skins (if you match the shades). I also believe it does not behave well in extreme heat and humid weather, as it needs constant touch-ups. 

Which is your favourite BB cream? Which one should I try next? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

PS. Keep in touch for the next part, CC creams.

PS 2. Just found out that this particular BB cream will be replaced by Hydra Life Water BB. Sounds really interesting! 



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