What is BB Cream and why are Asian women and now everyone else crazy about it?
BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm, is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia. Originally formulated in Germany by Dr. med. Christine Schrammek in 1967 it was initially used by dermatologists to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes. Although BB cream was not specifically created for the Asian market, it provided a solution to a common skin problem for many Asians: impure skin. The cream eventually found its way into a broad mainstream market when Korean actresses recommended it publicly. BB creams come in a variety of different formulations and qualities mainly perceived as being anti-inflammatory, regenerative and having a soothing effect. Some are said to have skin whitening or brightening properties. Others are said to be anti-acne or anti-wrinkle, some are intended to even out skin tone, and yet others to lighten blemish scars. BB creams are sometimes used like a primer under foundation, and if tinted may supposedly replace foundation and some newer ones are advertised as having functions of primer, foundation, moisturizer, sun block, pore minimization and skin refining together, making them an economic skin care solution.
Brands on the market aside others include BRTC - Bio Remedies Therapeutic Cosmetic, Dr. Jart, Lioele, Skin Food,Etude, The Face Shop, Missha and SKIN79.
In recent years BB cream has gained a noticeable following for its skin-regenerating functions and is now also widely used in Asia to supposedly provide natural-looking skin coverage. It has been named "the secret of Korean actresses", which gained it large exposure in Asian markets and now working it’s way to the US markets. (via Wikipedia)
I want to thank my friend Damaries for introducing me to the Missha BB brand. I'm loving it and so are my clients. I used it this past weekend for a bridal consultation and she along with her overseeing family said how much her skin looked porcelain like and beautiful. Here are some Missha products I've purchased and recommend you do the same if you want that flawless look.
- Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream #31 SPF 42
- Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream #27 SPF 42
- Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream #23 SPF 42
- Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream #23 SPF 25
- Missha M BB Boomer (Primer)
- Missha M Shiny BB Cream SPF 27
For more information about BB creams read this article on Style.com