You're probably more than familiar with BB creams by now, but five years ago most of us had never even heard of them, so how did they suddenly become a beauty must-have? And, more importantly, how can you find out which BB is best for your skin?
BB (Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm) creams were first developed in Asia to give skin-obsessive customers natural-looking coverage and a host of other skincare benefits. Based on a formula originally created by dermatologists to help patients who had undergone laser skin surgery, BB creams are similar to tinted moisturisers in terms of coverage, but they promise so much more than that.
Multi-functional BB creams aim to moisturise and regenerate skin with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants - as well as concealing imperfections and helping to fight the signs of ageing. Many also claim to prime skin for make-up, cover pores, plump and protect from UVA and UVB rays. If you need plenty of coverage, BB creams may not be for you as they normally give just a sheer hint of coverage that's perfect for evening out skin tone but not covering blemishes, rosacea or dark circles. If you are pretty confident with your skin however BBs offer a fabulous lightweight option - especially in summer - and there is no need to apply foundation on top, cutting your morning routine in half.
Nearly every brand has a now, with each one promising a host of benefits from anti-ageing benefits to colour correction and oil-control. So which BB cream is right for you? Read on for our pick of the best BB creams around...