On the contrary to popular belief, BB cream was not made in Korea. Actresses from Japan and South Korea made this product popular all over Asia. BB cream was invented by Dr. Christine Schrammek, a German Dermatologist in 1967. This blemish balm as she called it, was designed as an anti-inflammatory agent, to help heal and conceal redness after skin surgery. Dr. Schrammek’s original BB cream can still be purchased today through her website. Today’s BB creams from Asia are an all-in-one product that:
- Treats acne, lightens dark spots
- Gives subtle and natural glow
- Fights lines and refines the skin
- Provides perfect coverage without clogging pores
- Evens skin tone
- Regenerates skin to create and maintain youth
Recently, this all in one BB cream has hit the American market, but not without notable differences between the two creams. The main difference between Asia’s and America’s BB cream is that the Asian cream has a skin lightening agent called arbutin or ogliopeptide-68, which can help lighten the skin over time. In America, this lightening agent has been reduced or removed. Asian BB cream also has ingredients such as rosemary, camomile, hyaluronic acid and beechtree bud. Also the Asian BB creams tends to be thicker and usually has a higher SPF than the American counterpart. Personally, I find the American BB creams to be just another fancy name for a tinted moisturizer, with an SPF and little to no skin care benefits.
My personal favorite Asia BB cream is Missha M Perfect Cover BB cream #21– this BB cream is an all-in-one product that protects with an SPF 42 PA +++, has an anti wrinkle agent and whitens. This BB creams lives up to its claims; it moisturizes, conceals and lightens. I love how this product looks and feels. On days I feel I need a little more coverage, I add a little tinted moisturizer (Amore Pacific) on top of the BB cream. Missha is definitely a must have. You can currently get this product online. If you live in the Orlando, Florida area you can purchase this product at Woo Sung Oriental Food Mart. BB creams are an Asian Trend here to stay in America! There is a new Asian Trend buzzing that’s about to hit America, what is it you ask? I will be posting this upcoming trend very soon!
- The Next Thing in Skin Care: BB Creams (bellasugar.com)