15 Reasons You Should Start Using A BB Cream

When it comes to evening out our complexions without relying on blurring Instagram filters, foundation is brilliant. However, it’s far from our only option. We can take our pick from CC creams, tinted moisturizers, blurring creams, and powder. Of course we cannot forget about BB creams or beauty balms.

You’ve probably seen them nestled on drugstore shelves next to the foundations, powders, and concealers and wondered what their deal is. Right? And did you forget about the thought as you grabbed your favorite foundation?

It’s great to have go-to products, but it’s also a wise idea to keep informed about the products that are available to help you make the best buying decision. And I’m here to help you out by filling you in on the benefits of BB creams. There’s nothing to be intimidated about BB creams. In fact, there are many reasons why BB creams are amazing products. Check out 15 reasons why you might want to consider swapping your foundation for a beauty balm.

1. They contain sun protection.


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No need to put on sunscreen in the morning if you wear BB cream! Of course, if you’re in the sun for a long time, you will need to reapply, but it’s nice to be able to skip a step in the morning.


2. They have a comfortable, lightweight feel.


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Do you sometimes hate how your foundation feels so “heavy,” particularly in warmer months? BB creams are more lightweight than foundations so they are barely noticeable on skin.


3. Their application doesn’t have to be extremely precise.


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Because of BB creams’ lighter finish, they don’t need to be applied as precisely as foundation. It’s really not necessary to apply one with a brush. Simply dab it on with fingers.


4. BB creams help hydrate skin.


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Some foundations and powders can actually suck the moisture out from skin, but BB creams help put it in. The result is dewier skin and more comfortable wear.


5. You don’t need to get an exact shade match.


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In general, BB creams come in three to five shades. There are sometimes more, but they’re rarely over 10. While you might think using a product that comes in only light, medium and dark finishes would result in awful-looking makeup look, the opposite is true. The sheer, lightweight formula blends into skin so you can’t tell it’s on.


6. The finish is more natural.


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BB creams aren’t as heavy as foundation which means lighter coverage and a less greasy feel on skin. It also means that your BB cream seamlessly blends into skin for a flawless finish. Can you say that about mask-like foundations?


7. They’re suitable for all skin types.


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BB creams aren’t just for one specific skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, or even acne-prone skin, they’ll work. In fact, you can even find BB creams especially formulated for your skin type.


8. They work as well as an Instagram filter.


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You know that flawless, blurred look you love from Instagram filters? That can be yours IRL thanks to a BB cream. Almost all of them have blurring technology to smooth out pores, lines, and other marks.


9. You can choose the finish.


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BB creams don’t only come in one type. If you like a matte look, you can get a matte-finish BB cream. Same deal if you prefer a radiant one.


10. They prime skin.


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You might not need that usual makeup primer when you’re using a BB cream because the formulas also help to prime skin as well as blur it and even it out.


11. They’re purse-friendly.


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Even the biggest foundation addicts don’t want to be lugging that big, heavy, and very breakable bottle in their purses. With BB creams, you can. They come in sleek packages that are perfect for touch-ups on the go.


12. You don’t need a lot of product.


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Don’t assume that you’re going to have to be buying a BB cream every month because of the sleek packages. You only need to apply a couple of drops of product so that one BB cream will last you a lot longer than you think.


13. BB creams help control oil.


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There’s no need for mattifying gels and blotting sheets when you’re wearing a BB cream because they help soak up excess oil so your skin doesn’t get greasy.


14. They function as skincare products, too.


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Think of a BB cream as the lovechild of makeup and skincare products. They even out your skin and help improve it when you’re not wearing makeup. Depending on the formula, you can get ones that boost radiance, minimize pores, calm irritation, and even treat breakouts.


15.  BB creams streamline your routine.


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If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me come right out and say it: BB creams do a lot of things. That means you don’t have to use a different product to target every skincare concern. Simply use your BB cream on skin then move onto eye makeup.


Have you ever tried a BB cream? Let us know in the comments!

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