What Does BB Cream Actually Do?

We’re sure you’ve heard of the word “BB cream” before, which is why you’re reading this article! BB cream has become a staple in makeup routines around the world, and we’re no exception. This widely known, but misunderstood product can seriously level up your entire makeup and skincare routine if you use it the right way. In this article, we’re going to break it all down for you - from the history behind the product to how to actually use BB cream.

The History of BB Cream

You normally don’t think about the history behind makeup products, but sometimes their history is fascinating! This is definitely the case when it comes to BB cream. Before we get into the history of BB cream, we thought you should probably know what BB cream actually is and what it stands for!

According to Byrdie, BB cream can stand for many different things depending on who you ask, but a common conclusion is that it stands for “beauty balm.” Many people believe that BB cream was created in South Korea, but this is a common misconception. It was actually created in 1967 by German dermatologist and allergologist Christine Schrammek, according to the same Byrdie article. After seeing a demand from her patients for something that would help their skin after harsher dermatology treatments such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion, she knew she had to figure something out.

Schrammek wanted to offer her patients something that was able to cover-up the imperfections left after these treatments while also being kind to the skin, which a heavier foundation doesn’t typically do. Thus, BB cream was born. In the years since it was created, the product made its way over to South Korea where it was perfected and popularized by K-pop stars. Once consumers got wind of the product, they became obsessed and BB cream made its way over to the United States and Europe where it became a household name.

Why It Can Level Up Your Makeup Routine

Before adding BB cream to your everyday makeup routine, you should know some of the benefits it holds and some BB cream basics. BB cream is mostly hailed for its multipurpose use as it holds benefits associated with multiple different products. The main benefit of BB cream, in our opinion, is its ability to streamline your makeup and skincare routine. For example, there are BB creams that include SPF protection - which eliminates the need for a separate sunscreen!

According to green beauty expert Maria Velve, BB creams “can contain a cocktail of beneficial ingredients such as mineral SPF with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants, you’ll cut down on products and ingredients applied to the skin, and save time.” Velve also says that BB creams can be good for those with acne-prone skin, as they are lighter in coverage when compared to a regular foundation. Many BB creams typically have ingredients whose purpose is to treat blemishes and irritated skin, so if you have more sensitive skin you don’t need to be worried about adding this to your makeup and skincare routine.

How to Use BB Cream

So now that you know what BB cream and how it can benefit your skin, you probably want to know how to use it! There’s no one set way to use BB cream and it truly depends on the reason you’re using it but we do have a few tips you can follow as you embark on your BB cream journey!

Some of our top tips when it comes to using BB cream are:

  • Apply BB cream to a freshly cleansed face after any serums or moisturizers you use.
  • Depending on your preference, you can use a makeup brush, sponge, or your fingers to apply BB cream to your face - we love using just our fingers as this warms up the cream and allows it to spread more evenly.
  • If needed, you can use additional foundation or powder in certain areas or to have a more polished look.
  • ALWAYS apply sunscreen after BB cream, unless your BB cream contains an SPF - then you’re good to go!

We hope this article helped you understand BB cream and how to use it a little better! Let us know what you think on social media @eossibeauty and tell us what you want us to write about in the future!

About Eossi Beauty

Eossi Beauty embraces the power of clean and pure botanicals. Derived from nature, our uniquely effective beauty products are created by two women driven by one purpose: to make life brighter—because we all deserve to feel as good as we look, naturally. Our affordable products are carefully formulated with sustainably sourced and thoroughly vetted ingredients, such as plant-based essential oils and broad-spectrum hemp cannabinoid oil that’s independently lab tested for quality and purity. Every day, our founders Shannon and Rochonne are living the Eossi Beauty ethos: create your own dynamic energy, cultivate love, and let your beauty shine.

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  1. https://www.byrdie.com/what-is-bb-cream
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-bb-cream#how-to-use