When it comes to simplifying your morning skincare routine, there is nothing easier than the addition of a Beauty or Blemish (BB) Balm or Color Correction (CC) cream. These cream formulations have been used in Korea for years and have since trickled over to the states along with the whole K-Beauty phenomenon over the past decade.
These creams will help simplify your morning skincare routine in that they are multitasking products infused with a combination of versatile ingredients that work to moisturize your skin in addition to providing a healthy, lightweight coverage and SPF protection. These creams can essentially replace the moisturizing and/or SPF step(s) in your skincare routine while giving you a more evened out complexion.
Below are a few great BB and CC cream options that work with a variety of skin types and tones and will give you the necessary hydration you require on a daily basis. Our options include formulations with added anti-aging properties in the form of collagen replenishment, SPF protection, and all-day, oil-free coverage. In addition, you can count on a natural, lightweight finish and a brighter skin tone to help minimize any imperfections.
1. MD Flawless Factor BB Cream
The Flawless Factor BB Cream by MD Factor is an anti-aging face cream and natural brightening serum in one. In addition to infusing your skin with antioxidants, marine extracts and caviar extract to help brighten your skin tone, it provides natural-looking, buildable coverage. What’s more, to evening out the skin, this multi-purpose product contains an SPF 35 physical sunblock, making it the perfect all-in-one step for a fast and efficient morning routine. Gentle enough for all skin types, simply apply every morning after your favorite moisturizing lotion.
Pros: This BB cream contains a chemical-free sunblock and is waterproof.
Cons: If you have a darker skin tone, another option might be better.
2. MdoC Men’s B.B. Cream
The Men’s B.B. Cream by MdoC is exclusively designed for men and provides 3-in-1 protection and coverage. This cream works as an all-day sunblock, SPF 30, a natural blemish and pore cover and has skincare ingredients that can help even out your skin tone. This cream will not only help even out tone, but the sleek black matte packaging will look great on your counter, in your gym bag and anywhere else you choose to apply.
Pros: This BB Cream has a matte finish and will help keep oil at bay.
Cons: If you have extremely dry skin, another option might be better.
3. Strictly Man Supply Company CC Cream
A CC cream works similar to our BB cream options in that it is is a multipurpose product that will provide a nice coverage, however, its focus is more on color correction with a few added benefits thrown in. The CC cream by Strictly Man Supply Co. is a 7-in-1 product that will even out your skin tone, promote hydration, fight the signs of aging with sunscreen protection, brighten up your skin and control shine. Suitable for all skin types, for best results, apply on clean skin, sparingly, all over your face and blend.
Pros: This CC cream won’t clog pores, is oil and fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.
Cons: There is only one color option.
4. Lab Series BB Tinted Moisturizer
For a more luxe option, the BB Tinted Moisturizer by Lab Series is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color that will replenish hydration and give you a more evened-out complexion. This BB cream will provide a natural finish and contains SPF 35 for anti-aging protection and prevention from the sun. With continued use, your skin will appear more even in tone and texture, brighter, and your pores and fine lines will be diminished.
Pros: This is a universal product that will immediately adjust to any skin tone.
Cons: If you prefer a less expensive product, another option may be better.
5. Bella Terra Cosmetics BB Cream
The BB Cream and Tinted Moisturizer by Bella Terra Cosmetics is a mineral-based cream that is skin nourishing and ideal for sensitive skin types. Mineral-based cosmetics actually improve the health of your skin and eliminate the need for chemicals, preservatives or parabens while providing weightless coverage that will minimize fine lines, pores, and imperfections. Because of the 100% pure minerals used, this product will also provide natural UVA and UVB sun protection (SPF 15) and is great for all skin types, especially acne-prone.
Pros: This BB cream is available in six different shades to match most skin tones.
Cons: This is lightweight in coverage and if you prefer heavier coverage, another option might be better.
6. Garnier SkinActive BB Cream
Garnier’s BB Cream provides instant tone perfection with its 5-in-1 cream and face moisturizer. Use this formula every day as an anti-aging face moisturizer, to help firm the skin, even skin tone, hydrate and prevent sunburn with SPF 15. Suitable for all skin types, this cream has tinted mineral pigments that help to even out the skin and provide a healthy glow in just one step. This cream can be used daily in conjunction with your current moisturizer or as a replacement step for all-day, healthier-looking and protected skin.
Pros: Garnier’s BB Cream provides 24-hour hydration.
Cons: This product has a slight fragrance.
7. Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream
The BB Cream by Physicians Formula is another great option for a multitasking moisturizer, foundation and SPF protection in one. This particular formula has been infused with 100% pure argan oil which is known for its rich conditioning benefits that, over time, will improve skin’s brightness, tone, texture, and elasticity. In addition to moisturization, this high-performing cream will even out the skin, protect with SPF 30 and conceal flaws without a greasy feel or finish.
Pros: All Physicians Formula products are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and paraben-free.
Cons: This product is scented.