What Are BB Creams?

This innovative skincare-meets-makeup product is a real globe trekker. Invented in the 1950’s by a German dermatologist named Christine Schrammek, the BB cream (also known as beauty balm or blemish balm) was originally designed to help post-peel patients mask redness. It wasn’t until decades later that BB creams resurfaced on a different continent. In 2005, Korean brands such as Dr. Jart brought the concept to the Asian market and they quickly spread to other countries. These all-in-one products combine the functions of a primer, anti-aging serum, moisturizer, and light foundation—plus, many contain added benefits like SPF. Read on to find the best BB cream for you!

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 The first Korean BB cream to land on our shores, Dr. Jart’s lightweight bestseller was developed by a team of twelve dermatologists. Thanks to the cool space age formula, it’s super-hydrating. Upon application, miniscule water beads pop up on your skin, which are instantly absorbed to leave your face dewy and glowing.

stila stay all day 10-in-1 hd beauty balm
Aim for a Photoshopped complexion with this lotion-like balm, which is designed to shrink pores and mask splotchy zones. The color is a bit yellow-toned (to cancel out redness), but fear not: it’s super-blendable.

Smashbox BB Camera Ready Cream SPF 35
If it’s oil control you’re seeking, this cream delivers. It absorbs greasy T-zone shine and keeps it at bay for up to eight hours, leaving skin matte. Plus, it comes in five flattering shades, from a pale beige to a mocha brown.

Christian Dior Diorsnow UV Shield BB Creme SPF 50
Originally formulated for Asian women—who are notoriously finicky about maintaining their complexions—this tinted balm is made with a whopping 19 percent zinc dioxide to prevent sun damage. Better yet, it brightens your skin tone with color-corrective pigments.

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