We tend to ask a lot from BB creams. Not only do we need them to be a perfect balance between a moisturiser and a lightweight foundation, but they’re also expected to be an antioxidant, a brightening serum, and an SPF. If we’re lucky, they also can be anti-ageing. The idea is that you achieve your skin but better, subtly blurring away imperfections and enhancing your natural skin tone. Again, it’s a lot to ask from one product, but there are many anti-ageing BB creams on the market that promise a multitude of benefits.
BB creams are effectively skin tints that offer creamy light to medium coverage for daily wear—not to be confused with CC (colour-correcting) or DD (daily-defense) creams. The "BB" stands for "beauty balm," and they are rich with proactive ingredients, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C.
So what do you need to look for in an anti-ageing formula? There are various BB creams suited for both oily and dry skin types. For anti-ageing, SPF is one of the key ingredients, and wearing a BB cream can help you remember to wear an SPF every day, another anti-ageing bonus.
Personally, however, I do struggle to find a BB cream to match my brown skin tone. Often made with a subtle one-shade-fits-all pigment (or not) and SPF, they can sometimes leave a grey, shadowy cast on brown skin tones. Brand shade ranges have gradually improved over the years, but there's still some way to go in catering to the deepest skin tones. Bobbi Brown (which has always offered an extensive shade range) has a solid BB cream for dark skin tones, and while not technically a BB cream, Glossier's skin tint is a great lightweight foundation for darker skin.
Here are 18 anti-ageing BB creams worth trying this winter.
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 (£30)
Erborian BB Crème in Clair (£16)
This BB cream from Korean skincare brand Erborian is made from a blend of Asian herbs and ginger for a pick-me-up for the skin.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (£26)
This skin tint comes in 12 shades, and Glossier says, "In the land between bare skin and makeup makeup exists the imperceptible wash of colour that is Perfecting Skin Tint." It's a light consistency, and a thin layer subtly evens and gives a glowy finish.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 (£30)
We are all for multitasking products, and this is a moisturiser, foundation, and SPF all in one.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Cream in Light/Medium (£17)
This is an oil-free formula that is designed to minimise pores and fine lines.
This product claims to have seven benefits in one, including reducing the appearance of wrinkles, evening skin tone, and brightening.
Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream (£34)
Apply this all over the face in place of a foundation or moisturiser.
Nyx Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil BB Cream (£10.00)
Cult Beauty says Nyx Professional Makeup is consistently one of its most-searched-for brands, and this lightweight BB cream has 12 shades.
Clinique Anti-Blemish BB Cream SPF 40 (£30)
You shake this product each time you use it to freshly mix the ingredients.
Lancôme Hydra Zen BB Cream Anti-Stress Moisturising Tinted Cream (£26)
This tinted balm is targeted toward reducing the signs of tiredness and stress. But note it is only available in two shades.
Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm (£31)
You can wear this under makeup, and it, again, is an SPF, moisturiser, and serum all in one.
Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid 01 Light SPF 25 (£52.2)
Just apply one to two coats for lightweight coverage.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42/PA+++ in No.25/Warm Beige (£19.2)
This is hydrating thanks to hyaluronic acid and Gatuline RC.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing BB-Gel (£18.5)
The trick with this BB cream is that it uses Transforming Tint technology to adapt to your skin tone. While that's a bold claim, its non-greasy formula is said to smooth lines and plump skin to help reduce the look of wrinkles.
Pixi Beauty Balm (£22)
Available in five shades, Pixi's Beauty Balm offers medium to heavy coverage. Containing hyaluronic acid, this hydrating balm is said to help even out discolouration and improve your skin tone.
Ren Clean Skincare Satin Perfection BB Cream SPF 15 (£31)
Apply all over your face to help tighten and smooth skin.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (£27)
Available in seven shades, Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream is a favourite amongst beauty lovers. Whether used under foundation as a primer or on its own, it adds moisture, helps protect against UVA/UVB rays, and minimises shine with no chalky finish.
L'Oréal C'est Magic BB Cream (£24)
This BB cream promises 24 hours of hydration with its "your skin but better" formula.
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