The Best BB Creams To Buy This Spring From Just £9.99

For a dewy veil of hydrating coverage, try one of these BB creams

Best BB Cream

by Emma Stoddart |

Like many game-changing beauty innovations, BB creams began in Asia. Bridging the gap between skincare and make-up, they soon garnered a legion of loyal followers. With moisturising, blemish-banishing and healing properties, the latest crop of creams allows us to streamline our make-up bags while simultaneously looking after our skin. What's more, they're a great way to feel ready for the day and elevate your Zoom face without having to spend too much time or effort on your make-up. Simply dab a little BB cream down the centre of your face and blend it in with fingertips or a soft sponge.

From Trinny London's stressed-skin hero, £39, to Pixi's hydrating Beauty Balm, £22, take your pick from Team Grazia's approved line-up below...

Is BB cream good for your skin?

BB cream, which stands for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm’, is an all-in-one product that serves as foundation, moisturiser and SPF. It first gained traction in Korea before hitting the Western market in 2012. And now, we’re completely spoilt for choice in the BB market. You can choose between a dewy finish, matte finish, a little coverage or a bit more – but whatever you go for, BB creams promise to serve up a decent dose of skincare benefits, too. Think of it as your souped-up tinted moisturiser.

The difference between a BB cream and CC cream

CC cream, like BB cream, is a multi-tasking wonder that is specifically designed to colour correct – hence the ‘CC’. They tend to give more coverage than BB creams as they work to even skin tone, disguise blemishes and conceal redness. Again, many CC creams are formulated with skin-loving ingredients to tackle fine-lines, protect skin from environmental stressors and boost hydration.

So, if you’re after a second skin feel with skincare benefits opt for a BB cream. But, if you’re in the market for a heavier base that will conceal and perfect, try a CC cream.

Is BB cream better than foundation?

Generally speaking, a BB cream is better for your skin than foundation. With that being said, there are a whole host of skin-savvy foundations out there that harness superstar ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin C (see our edit here). To choose between the two, consider what sort of coverage you're after. If it's heavy, look for a full coverage foundation and if it's light to medium, try a BB cream from our edit above.

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