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BB Creams: Beauty Balms, Blemish Base or Just Brilliant Beauty?

By: Sam Dhatt
Posted: January 2, 2013, from the January 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Look for a noncomedogenic product and read the label. Research the ingredients listed first to find out what they do to determine whether the product will provide the desired results.

Please note, however, that women should only use BB creams in lieu of sunscreen if the BB cream includes broad-spectrum coverage of at least SPF 15,the level determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a viable sunscreen.

Making the right choice

Men are also getting in on the action. About two years ago, the Korea Times reported a new trend among males purchasing personal grooming items beyond the typical aftershave, with eye and night creams, and BB creams now on their radar. As with their female counterparts, men like the “bare-faced” coverage these creams afford.

With so many anti-aging creams, serums, primers and moisturizers on the market, many busy clients are seeking to simplify their beauty routines and welcome the all-in-one application BB creams offer.

Sam Dhatt is an award-winning cosmeceutical chemist who serves as the CEO and president of DermaQuest Skin Therapy and Allure Labs, a product formulation company, both of Hayward, CA. During his more than 20-year career, he has developed and manufactured skin care products for more than 700 companies. Dhatt is a frequent expert author of articles featured in many trade journals and skin care publications.