Ditch your serums, sunscreens and moisturizers. The latest skincare secret on the runway is the balm-diggity.
Move over, Pinkberry. The latest great Korean import, BB Cream (aka Blemish Balm), is a has-it-all combo that has makeup artists and skincare pros setting moisturizer and foundation aside. With daily SPF and a tone-correcting tint that erases redness and imperfections without changing your skin tone, the cream makes it easy to cut down on products.
"Using a BB Cream is like hitting a fast forward button," says Jonathan Young, the New York City makeup artist behind the dewy skin at Richard Chai’s spring show, "you get your entire skincare regimen in a single bottle, so you're taking care of your skin and looking healthy, hydrated and naturally flawless."
And, it's not only for women. Guys can use it to erase post-shave redness and mute under-eye bags without having to admit to anything beyond lotion (just ask the male models at Richard Chai). Plus, it’s way easier to apply than layers of goop. Just warm the cream between your palms and massage it over your face and neck, loading extra onto dryer areas. Scroll down to find the best balm for you:
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
The combination of mica, iron oxides and silica reflects light to conceal flaws and fine lines, while absorbing excess oil. Laminaria Saccharina Extract (a big word for seaweed) keeps skin from oiling up in the first place.
Dr. Jart Water Fuse Beauty Balm
Consider this balm a cold swig of Gatorade for parched skin. Oil free and 50 percent water, it produces small liquid droplets when first applied, which then absorb. Skin looks smoother and brighter instantly.
Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Tinted Treatment Moisturizer
Marketed as a tinted moisturizer but technically a Blemish Balm, this one is great if you're dry one minute and oily the next. The bamboo sap balances your skin’s moisture levels and, since it’s oil-free, you can still use during breakouts.
Boscia BB Cream
City-dwellers, this one's for you. Abysinne, a polysaccharide from the ocean, defends stressed out skin from external aggressors like pollutants; Jojoba leaf, a hardcore antioxidant, fights off free-radical damage while Willowherb calms irritation.
Too Faced Beauty Balm
Besides hydrating and protecting skin, this tinted balm (available in December) comes in four different shades, so it's perfect if you're looking for fuller makeup-like coverage without the heavy feel of foundation.