I am an unabashed low-key traveler when it comes to beauty products. At most I only pack mascara, eyeliner and concealer. Most days I completely go without makeup entirely. So when I heard about BB cream, I knew I had to give it a try. I wanted to make sure to pick something that wouldn’t mess with my sensitive skin and eczema, so I did research beforehand. I’ve definitely added BB cream to my small travel makeup kit.
What is BB Cream?
BB cream stands for blemish balm, a cosmetic popular in Asia that is now growing in popularity in the United States. A good BB cream should be a tinted moisturiser with a minimum SPF 15. You may need to wear concealer or powder in addition, but BB cream is a great base layer, particularly since it doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup. It also evens out your skin tone.
Why Should I Pack BB Cream?
We’ve said many times how much we love a twofer and BB cream is no exception. Putting BB cream on first thing in the morning means you won’t have to worry as much about getting sunburned. With that said, if you plan on being out all day, I recommend reapplying every few hours. It’s easy to pack, as the tube doesn’t take up more room than your standard lotion. The cream works as a sunscreen, lotion and anti-aging treatment in one. I also love that a little bit goes a long way. One tube, if used correctly, should last you a couple of months.
What Brand is Best for Me?
Pick your favorite beauty brand and they likely have their own BB cream. Each brand has something different to bring to the table and there is a cream for each price range.
Olay Fresh Effects Skin Perfecting BB Cream: Olay has recently released its Fresh Effects line with the BB cream, skin cleanser and lotion. Each of these products is relatively cheap and keeps your skin from drying out.
- Best for: Sensitive or shiny skin
- $11.00 on Amazon
- Best for: Fair or aged skin
- $40 on Amazon
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream: This cream claims to be 8-in-1, with benefits like SPF 30, hydrating and evening skin. It’s also lightweight, which doesn’t feel heavy on your skin and clog your pores.
- Best for: Sensitive skin
- $8 on Amazon
- Best for: Normal skin
- $10 on Amazon
Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream: For our vegan readers, the Pacifica line of products are made cruelty and gluten free, as well as 100% vegan. It uses minerals to match your skin tone.
- Best for: Vegans and sensitive skin
- $16 on Amazon