If you're a huge fan of Korean dramas, you would notice how unfairly smooth and supple these Korean actresses' skin are, I swear I feel like hiding in a corner, crying out injustice why my skin cannot even come close to a minute fraction of theirs. At first I thought it's because they have cool crisp weather which helps tighten their pores, their genes (a highly probable cause), their lifestyle and health habits, or their beauty regimen which composes of a battalion of cream, serum, toner, gel, masks etc. But zuhahahaha! I, being the geek that I am, stumbled upon one of their trade secret: BB CREAM!
BB Cream is an all-in-one beauty day cream that has the properties of a foundation, concealer, sunblock, moisturizer, whitening agent,and anti-ageing too! It never dawned to me that someone can ever create such a multi-tasking product, but hats off to product R&D, someone finally did! Hurray to this multi-tasking cream!
From my "research" in beauty blogs and of course, my most trusted ally, Google search, BB creams were originally brewed in Germany to protect the skin of post-laser surgery patients who are highly vulnerable to skin damage from exposure to sunlight. It was also utilized to help soothe as well as improve their ultra-sensitive skin at the same time, provide coverage for post-laser scar, acne scar and other blemishes. The so-called "secret brew" on aesthetic clinics proved to be so effective that cosmetics companies viewed this to be quite a profitable venture and started producing their own formulation and marketing it to the general public.
BB Creams or Blemish Balm Cream, are quite a rage here in Asia. It has swept us Asian women in a frenzy and although it's quite new here in my country, I can forsee this sweeping our nation sometime soon. And because of my trailblazing tendencies, I stumbled upon this through beauty bloggers and my midnight affairs with E-bay and decided to give it a try.
|Skin 79 Hot Pink Super + Bebesh Balm Triple Functions|
Here are some pre-BB and post-BB close-up snaps of my skin and the overall picture. Err... I have ugly skin by the way, so yeah, a forewarning: the close-ups are quite ghastly, pardon the crime-scene photos.
So what's my take with this beauty product? I am quite happy with it. Not that it has made my skin as quintessential and flawless like my adored Korean actresses, but upon using the cream, I was able to achieve that much-coveted no-make-up" make-up look. I can't say much on coverage, some of my acne marks and blemishes are still visible but it did cover up my bore-hole sized pores. And I have this "glow" after applying the cream. And more importantly, I have SPF to help keep wrinkles at bay.
It would be unfair if all I did was sing praises to this wonder product. As mentioned by Muse of Musings of a Muse, the problem with BB Creams are its limited shade pallete. Like this one I'm using, it only comes in one shade, which is medium beige. Upon application, my face has this sort of odd-grey undertone, but after a while, it eventually blends with my skin colour. However, there are other brands that offer a variety of shades to choose from, like the one I bought off E-bay that's currently in-transit.
Another is that, because of its promise of a "dewy" look and its moisturising properties, if you have oily skin, then this one will make you shine and gleam like diamonds, in a non-flattering way. But a quick fix would be a few pats of loose powder, and shine be gone!
And lastly, no matter how a brand claims to be hypo-allergenic, chances are some people will still experience skin breakouts and reaction to it. BB Creams do not make such promises, so there's a possibility a certain brand may work for your friend, but not for you. But if you're really bent on giving BB Creams a go, instead of buying a full-sized tube, try searching for trial sized ones, that way you can do a series of trial-and-error and find the one that suits you.
To end this post, I would like to clarify that I am not doing a product review (lol). Nor am I promoting or discouraging you guys to use BB Cream. It really is up to you. And if you're planning to try it out, please remember the golden rule: do your research. Information is all over the web, search for reviews about the different brands out there, and take your time to find the one that suits your needs. It's better to skim the surface than plunge into the unknown.