There was a massive one page feature on Korean BB Creams in the Fashion and Beauty Section of The Philippine Star today. Since BB Creams play such an important part in the beauty industry of Korea, I thought it would be great to repost the entirety of the write-up for the better knowledge of those interested in achieving Korean beauty.
I’m actually quite interested in the Neo Classic Homme BB Cream SPF 20 from The Face Shop since it can be quite hard to keep the skin blemish-free with all the stress and late nights at work (I already use the complete L’Oreal Men Expert White Activ Oil Control Line). The BB Cream from The Face Shop is a bit pricey at P845 but on hindsight, I do use this P600 Iljin Calon Korean Wax. Anyway, read on and learn more about BB creams.
What’s a BB Cream and why is it big in Korea?
What in the world is a BB cream, and why is it the No. 1 beauty product in Korea? BB stands for “Blemish Balm,” which is essentially a tinted, moisturizing balm that provides light coverage while caring for your skin. Formulated to soothe post-treatment skin, BB cream was originally found only in dermatology clinics and aesthetic centers.
After treatments like dermabrasion and skin peeling, BB creams helps minimize skin sensitivity, conceal redness, and promote skin’s repairing function. Word of the wonders of BB creams soon spread and it wasn’t long before it hit the mainstream beauty market.
BB cream is used after your regular skin regimen (cleanser, then toner, moisturizer and sunscreen). Some BB creams are already formulated with adequate moisturizers and sunscreen, so you can skip your regular moisturizer and sunscreen application. Top off with a light powder foundation or loose powder and makeup.
Leading Korean beauty brand The Face Shop brings seven BB creams to the country.
- Quick and Clean Oil-Free Blemish Balm, P595: is The Face Shop’s first BB cream, which comes from its highly popular anti-acne skincare line Quick & Clean. This blemish balm provides a light and natural-looking coverage, masking acne scars and uneven skin tone, while anti-bacterial, blemish-fighting ingredients keep skin imperfections at bay.
- The Skin Extra BB Cream SPF 20, P1,195: Formulated with marjoram and acti-firm complex, this three-in-one moisturizer corrects complexion with natural coverage, and replenishes skin with nutrients. Marjoram delivers anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits to calm skin troubles, while SPF 20 shields the skin from harmful rays. Acti-firm complex (white tea, echinacea, and centella asiatica) promotes elasticity and cell renewal while Vitamin B3 nourishes and brightens skin, prevents wrinkles and fine lines by improving circulation.
- Hydro Splash BB Cream, P695: It’s an incredible hydrating tinted moisturizer made of 70-percent water that delivers “water-bursting” texture for any skin type. Soothing and moisturizing ingredients like chamomile and aloe, plus the anti-inflammatory purslane, make it ideal for sensitive and combination skin. Evening primrose delivers anti-aging, hydrating, and cell-renewing effect, while SPF 20 protects skin from sun exposure.
- Flebeaute Collagenic BB Cream, P995: It’s a nourishing cream that recaptures the healthy natural-look of plump, soft skin. Saffron extract regenerates skin cells and soothes troubled skin; lecithin plumps and moisturizes skin; and the scattered reflective pigments blurs imperfections for a luminous, flawless look.
- Face It Radiance Splash BB Cream SPF 20, P695: It regenerates, moisturizes, and calms the skin with portulaca, which prevents inflammation and encroachment of bacteria on the skin, and aloe vera leaf extracts, which promote healing of wounds.
- Face It HD Perfect BB Cream SPF 30, P995: It is a sheer makeup base, moisturizer, and sun block in one that covers discolorations, pores, and other imperfections under unforgiving camera lenses, while still maintaining one’s natural skin tone, through its bright and natural beige hues.
- Neo Classic Homme BB Cream SPF 20, P845: Finally, men now have their own version which protects skin from harmful UV rays while keeping oil at bay. A highly adhesive powder finish covers impurities and prevents breakouts with teh Red Energy Complex, while whitening and anti-wrinkle ingredients work with SPF for complete protection. The citrus aromatic woody fragrance adds a manly touch as well.
Visit The Face Shop to find the ideal BB cream for you. Located at Glorietta; Power Plant Mall; Bonifacio High Street; Bonifacio Global City; Newport Mall; Robinsons Galleria; Robinsons Place Manila Midtown Wing; Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center; TriNoma; Alabang Town Center; Festival SuperMall; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA-The Block; SM Mall of Asia; SM Southmall; SM Fairview; SM Taytay; SM Novaliches; SM City Pampanga; SM City Clark; SM City Bacolod; Ayala Center Cebu; and SM Cebu.
Thanks to The Face Shop for the photo.