What is a BB cream?

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BB creams refer to a beauty product that has become very popular in Korea, many parts of Southeast Asia, and the rest of the Western world including the US. The term “BB” stands for blemish balm or beauty balm and this particular product is marketed as an all-in-one product for those who want to have beautiful skin.  BB creams are said to be a great alternative to various beauty products like moisturizers, makeup, sunblock, and serum among others.  People can use BB creams to achieve the look they want and maintain healthy and beautiful skin without having to put on various products.  For marketers of beauty products, BB creams are considered the best value in terms of money because it can serve as foundation, moisturizer, sunblock, anti-aging cream, and make up primer among many other uses.  Instead of having to buy a separate moisturizing cream and make up set for example, people just need to buy one bottle of BB cream.  The best thing about BB creams is that they can be used alone or with other beauty products.

The formulation for BB creams originated in Germany back in the 1960s.  The same formulation was introduced in Korea by the mid-1980s.  Since then, BB creams have become very popular in Korea because of many celebrity endorsements.  The product was also appealing to many customers because of its all-in-one package and features.  BB creams were eventually distributed to many nearby Asian countries and the rest of the Western world.  Its popularity even soared higher because of the endorsements made by world superstars and celebrities.

Various cosmetic brands now have their own BB creams with different formulations.  All these products maintain the all-in-one makeup product functionality with various variants and additional ingredients added for specific benefits to the skin.  Some BB cream brands include color tints while others put in some anti-aging components.  For most people, BB creams are best for those who are on a budget on those who want a hassle-free beauty product.  After washing the face, BB creams are enough to help protect the skin from damage and make it glow.

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