Editor's Pick: Top 5 BB Creams


Nowadays, it's natural to expect your coverage product to also have skin-care benefits, what with all the anti-aging, zit-zapping, and hydrating bases on the market. BB creams (and other double-lettered iterations) served as the driving force behind the recent barrage of multitasking products on the market — and they've quickly become mainstays on our top shelves. For those unfamiliar with alphabet creams (or are still confused about what all those letters mean), here's a quick crash course: BB stands for "beauty balm" or "blemish balm" and BB creams are basically pumped-up versions of tinted moisturizers that usually include a nice amount of SPF. Click ahead to learn more and read about our editor's favorite bb creams!

#1. Best for Acne: Sloane Inc BB Cream Anti-Acne
Sloane Inc BB Cream Anti-Acne is a genius Blemish Balm is specially created for acne prone skin. It does triple duty in providing SPF 25 sun protection in a translucent nude tinted base. It also battles pimples and comedones so that your skin stays clear for longer. Its oil free formulation controls shine & sebum for a smooth matte finish.

Our beauty editor Lanice tried this and said "I have acne-prone skin and this is my holy grail! This is formulated wth salicylic and azaleic acid which are potent anti acne powerhouses. I can look cover up my acne, yet treat it as well. "

USD $50, available at Sloaneshop.com




#2. Best for Lightweight Hydration: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++
A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also hides imperfections. Made with 50 percent water, Dr. Jart's Advanced Water Bead Technology helps hydrate and maintain healthy moisture for a dewy, fresh look. Like a drink for your skin, once applied, tiny droplets of water appear before being quickly absorbed, generating an instant soothing and cooling effect. This oil-free balm includes sunscreen ingredients that protect the skin from a broad range of UVA and UVB radiation, leaving skin looking smooth, perfect, and natural.

Our beauty editor Lanice tried this and said "This is lightweight, provides great hydration and great for warmer climates. My favorite part is that it doesn't clog up my pores which is my no 1 concern since we live in sunny Asia.  "

USD $34, available at Sephora.com



#3. Best for Sensitive Skin/ Rosacea: MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm
This multifaceted product provides sheer coverage and provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection andantiaging benefits; while evening out skintone. The beauty balm also reduces the appearance of redness, discolorations, and imperfections. This light, gentle formula won't clog pores and is perfect for all skin types—even sensitive skin affected by rosacea.

Our beauty editor Lanice tried this and said "There was a period in time whereby my hormones went out of whack and my skin become so sensitive! A friend of mine recommended this and I was sold. For those who are have sensitive skin, this is a 5 star product."

$39, available at Sephora.com



The creators of this line purposefully left out foundation (it's been done, and you probably already have one). Instead, they made trend-forward skin balm that sits on the epidermis like a sheer second layer. This is called skin glowing balm for a reason. Get a unique and gorgeous glow with this innovative complexion hybrid formula that’s infused with ultra-hydrating and conditioning ingredients, including shea butter, evening primrose oil, and muru muru seed butter. It leaves your skin feeling moisturized with a dewy glow, while pink peony extract soothes your skin. It glides onto skin, leaving it feeling nourished, looking radiant, and even toned.

Our beauty editor Lanice tried this and said "Let's be real: if you're a millennial, you probably don't want heavy coverage and this product will make your naturally gorgeous skin glow. This is perfect for work days where I need a instant perk me up and minimal coverage."

USD $36, available at Sephora.com



#5. Best for Anti-Aging: MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42
This was one of the first-ever BB creams to come out in Korea, and it has remained wildly popular ever since. Lightweight and luxurious, M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 offers full coverage whilst uniquely hydrating and treating the skin. With soothing and rejuvenating properties, this revolutionary skincare and makeup hybrid prevents the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, whilst simultaneously reducing the impact of dark circles. Infused with Camomile Extract and Rosemary Extract, this decadently tinted elixir soothes and rejuvenates the skin whilst offering anti-inflammatory benefits and shielding against UV damage and environmental aggressors.

Our beauty editor Lanice tried this and said "It blends naturally and creates a flawless finish with medium coverage. Plus, you gotta love that high SPF. I highly recommend this product for those with beige and golden skin tones. Also, this formula gives the perfect ‘skin bounce’ that’s a part of the famous dewy K-beauty look."

SGD $28.10, available at Beauty.com

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