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by on Aug 05, 2013

What are BB Creams? Do They Work for Dark Skin?

I’m sure you’ve noticed the beauty industry’s obsession with BB creams. You can’t walk down the makeup isle at a store or even turn on your television without seeing a commercial touting their many benefits. But what exactly are BB creams and do the benefits apply to dark skin too?

What is a BB Cream?

A versatile skin care/makeup hybrid that promises to do the job of five or six other jars and tubes: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer, and foundation. We all want great looking skin but don’t want to go through five or six steps just to get there. BB creams offer a way to cut the work in half. The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it’s the only product you’ll need after you wash your face.



As previously stated, a good BB cream does the job of several creams all in one. When it comes to skin treatment, many BB creams have:

  • Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C
  • Moisturizing powerhouses like hyaluronic acid and glycerin
  • Ingredients such as licorice and arbutin that help even out skin tone
  • Light-reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish
  • Silicone-based ingredients that help smooth the skin, acting much like a foundation primer does
  • Effective sun protection

Are There BB Creams for Black Women?

Yes! It might have taken a while, but beauty companies finally got the hint. We want BB creams too! Recently while restocking on my favorite Bobbi Brown foundation, I noticed that her makeup line now offers BB creams in a wide range of colors. My color is called “Dark” and there are two colors with a darker brown hue and several colors with a lighter brown hue. Although the Bobbi Brown BB cream might be a bit pricey (It cost around $44.) Finding one that works for you doesn’t have to break the bank. Almost every major beauty company has a BB cream, and many of them can be found at drugstores for  under $10. Why not give it a try? It might be just what you’ve been missing in your beauty regimen.





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  • cb

    have you tried IMAN BB cream?