Oh my. I have discovered an incredible new category of beauty products, the BB creams, which stand for "Blemish Balm" or "Blemish Base." Actually, the names are pretty silly because controlling "blemishes" seems the very least of their tasks - if at all. I wasn't sure exactly how long they'd been around but they seemed to be a wonderful idea for those of us who are a bit lazy when it comes to sun protection and beauty products, be they skincare of just makeup.
OK, OK. I suppose I should explain my language. When I say, "lazy," I really mean, "too tired and sick." "Lazy" just seems to make me feel more in control of my life, I suppose.
Getting back to the BB creams. I looked them up on Sephora and luckily for me, I didn't have to start pickin' and choosin'. I am soooo indecisive. Sephora had a package of a few BB creams just perfect for suckers like me. Whoops! Did I say "suckers"? I meant "enthusiasts." I also had two separate samples from two different companies. Wow! I was in business.
The BB creams appear to be all-in-ones. There are a few differences among them but all appear to be a combination of sunscreen and/or moisturizer/primer, a bit of color that is supposed to fit all and they usually include a skin treatment of one type or another. You pick out the type you want by which properties you need, be that anti-aging, a bucket load of anti-oxidants, skin lightening or brightening, and who knows what else! Incredible. Since I can never remember which comes first, a sunscreen or a serum, this whole BB cream concept is a no-brainer for me.
If it's at all possible that these creams work, then I'm all for them making my life a little bit easier. It's getting to be a bit difficult to use so very many products at once. If I don't use sunscreen I'm a fool, if I don't use moisturizer I'll look like a prune, if I don't use a primer my foundation will slide off within an hour of application, and on and on it goes. In many case I've stopped putting on makeup because it has become such a minefield of products. And the expression "mutton dressed like lamb" comes to mind, too.
I started off with the Dr. Jart+ Premium Balm (there are two Dr. Jart+'s..why, I have no idea) and can't say how great it is or is not. The packaging was so wonderfully elegant that I bored my hubby silly by making him examine it for himself. Of the two of us, I was the person who won the enthusiasm award by a landslide.
Doing a bit of homework I discovered that Dr. Jart+ is evidently one of the first of the BB creams to come to the States from Asia. Invented by a German dermatologist for patients undergoing laser treatment to sooth red sensitive skin, evidently the creams took South Korea by storm, spreading to the rest of Asia, and then to the US. BB creams have been described as "an Asian cult favorite."
I have to give Dr. Jart+ another try but I didn't get a rash or break out or feel a burn from my first attempt, a huge plus. I find that my skin really doesn't like extras, be it because of illness, medicines I'm taking or just plain me, I have no idea. So, I believe my Dove soap - whoops, they call it a "beauty bar" now - may very well have found a sibling to join my family of must-have's. I only have to work on figuring out which one I end up liking the most!
I promise I'll let you know...after all, I'm here to help you live your life a little bit more easily...!