BB Creams have taken the beauty world by storm. And why not? Rumour has it, they’re “one-size-fits-all” miracle wonders that do everything.
Moisturiser. Sunscreen. Primer. Foundation. You name it, it swears it does it. But I’m not sure I buy it. In my experience, multi-tasking products always fall short on something.
In the case of BB Creams, that something is often sun protection.
BB Creams don’t provide adequate sun protection
Remember when we talked about makeup products with SPF?
At first sight, they seem like a genius idea. Who needs a greasy sunscreen anymore? Just put on your foundation and you’re all set.
Problem is, there’s NO way you can get the level of SPF stated on the packaging.
Here’s the deal: it does’t matter if you’re getting your sun protection from a foundation, a moisturizer or a sunscreen. You still need to apply 1/4 teaspoon to your face alone to get the SPF stated on the label.
For foundations and moisturisers, that translates to roughly 7 layers. Who the heck applies that much?!
It’s the same for BB Creams (or CC Creams, for that matter). You still need to apply 1/4 of teaspoon if you want it to act as a sunscreen, too.
Easier said than that. BB Creams have thicker textures than foundations and lotions. Using that much can feel quite uncomfortable.
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Not All BB Creams Provide Broad Spectrum Protection
To add insult to injury, not all BB Creams provide broad spectrum protection. You see, SPF refers only to sun protection from UVB rays.
If a brand loads its BB Creams with plenty of UVB filters and NO UVA filters, they can still claim the cream provides sun protection. It’s not a lie. It’s just not the whole story.
If you’re into BB Creams and are willing to apply the recommended amount to get the SPF stated on the label, look for a formula that protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
Otherwise, just treat a BB Cream like any other moisturiser or foundation: use it to make skin softer and even out the skin tone and then put on that sunscreen!
P.S. Yes, you can apply sunscreen under BB Creams if that works better for you.
The bottom line
When it comes to sun protection, BB Creams provide a false sense of security. Treat them like any other moisturiser or foundation and use them together with, not as a substitute for, sunscreen.
Do you rely on BB Creams alone for your sun protection?
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