The drugstore is one of the best places to buy skincare and beauty products. It's convenient, affordable, and the products are typically good quality. But, there's one drugstore item in particular that dermatologists say you should no longer waste your time and money buying--BB cream!
The "BB" in BB creams stands for "beauty balm," and many people use them in place of a moisturizer. But, according to skincare physician Dr. Tabasum Mir, this may not be the best idea. “All-in-one BB creams are touted as master multi-taskers, and if you have pretty good skin it may be enough for sheer coverage," she says. "However, most of us still need to add a moisturizer on. Your best bet is to use an SPF moisturizer with tinted foundation instead.”
If you use both moisturizers and foundation, there is really no need to waste money on a BB cream. “BB and CC creams are just tinted moisturizers," says dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. "The BB and CC monikers are just marketing strategy. Some are great, but some are too greasy or thick.”
BB creams claim to have a multi-functional purpose (i.e. hides blemishes, covers redness, moisturizes dry skin). But, according to Dr. Audrey Kunin, it's important that those issues get addressed head-on. "As a dermatologist, I feel that having healthy skin should be the priority, which in turn makes skin beautiful. So it’s about treatment, not cover-up. ”
What do you think of BB creams? Are they useful or not? Let us know in the comments below!