To B or Not to BB

When I turned 35, I didn’t like the way a mineral based foundation powder felt on my skin.  I am dry and very sensitive.  Most make-up breaks me out and looks super cakey. I started using a BB cream and it felt so hydrating, looked so natural, and didn’t sink into my lines.  I wanted youthful, glowing dewy skin without chemicals.

Have you ever tried a BB cream? Basically, a BB cream, (aka beauty balm) is an all-in-one makeup, skincare cream, and SPF that has all your skin's needs covered (evening out redness, hydrating, creating a natural texture, and protecting your skin). For coverage, they can range anywhere from a barely-there tint to medium coverage.

There are hundreds of BB creams on the market today, but some contain questionable ingredients.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) a non-profit that focuses on breakthrough research and education, driving consumer choice and civic action.  According to their analyzation, not all BB creams are created equal.

Some of the BB and CC creams the EWG analyzed contained up to five hazardous ingredients, including oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A). The EWG says, “Other potentially hazardous substances may be hidden from the consumers’ eyes because many companies lump such ingredients into the term “fragrance.” The cosmetics, cleaning and candle industries often use the vague term “fragrance” on ingredient lists rather than disclosing the specific chemicals in the product.

A few examples of ingredients that may lurk behind the term “fragrance” are:

-Phthalates,  they are potent hormone disruptors linked to reproductive system birth defects in baby boys.

-Octoxynols and nonoxynols, they break down into persistent hormone disruptors. 

I used the EWG and Credo Beauty to help me determine if a BB cream was clean.  I gave samples to  some of my girlfriends to help me find which one was the best.  Here are 4 good options you may want to entertain if you’re current brand isn’t up to snuff.


1.  Best Bargain Brand – La Mav - $15

Who doesn’t love a good deal and at $15 this BB cream is worth a try.

It has some impressive ingredients.

“Infused with Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil La Mav Organic BB Crème treats the skin’s impurities whilst also providing anti-aging benefits and nourishment for long lasting results.”

The color match and coverage were good.  The only cons were the SPF seemed very low and is not listed on the box.  It’s a tad sticky/cakey to me but unless you are really dry I think it will work for you.


2.  Friend favorite – Lily Lolo - $22

Three out of my five friends picked this as their favorite.

It’s “packed with nourishing and anti-aging ingredients as well as mineral pigments to help blur imperfections and even skin tone. This is a versatile hybrid between skincare and makeup. Works as light coverage for healthy looking skin or a base when applied before concealer.”   For my gluten-free peeps, this product does have wheat germ so you will need to pass.

It smells divine and provides a light to medium coverage.  I needed to apply a moisturizer underneath this product but my friends did not. At $22 it seems like a decent bargain.


3.  Best for all skin tones: Juice Beauty - $38

Finding a BB cream for darker skin tones can be a challenge, but Juice Beauty has a good range of options.

It also has powerful botanical ingredients, “A blend of Vitamin C and Fruit Stem Cells infused into a resveratrol rich grape seed base to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Protects with zinc oxide mineral SPF 30. “

It doesn’t smell the greatest (more earthy) and again I needed to apply facial oil before applying, but it has a nice light coverage to even out your skin.


4.  Best for Super Sensitive/Dry:  Suntergrity - $45

Truth be told I’ve been using this brand for over two years.  It’s pricy at $45 but it will last you.  I wanted to try other BB creams to see if there was an option that worked better for me, but after trying the others I’m going to stick with Suntegrity.

No one knows I have anything on, but the coverage is very light.  If I have somewhere “fancy” to go (which is hardly ever) I would have to use a thicker foundation.  My skin is nicely hydrated, dewy and this product does not sink into my lines.  My skin did react a little to the other BB creams I tried, however, this one calms it.

It contains “certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber and green tea to help provide hydration and a boost in sun protection. Zinc-oxide not only protects the skin from the damaging UV rays, but may also help soothe and calm conditions like rosacea, acne, and melasma.”



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