What Are the Benefits of BB Cream?

What are the benefits of BB cream? There has been a buzz in the Western world about BB Creams within the last ten years, but they have been a well-known beauty staple just across the ocean for longer than that. In South Korea alone BB Creams make up almost 15% of their entire cosmetics industry, so clearly there is something great about these products.

There aren’t a ton of men or women out there who want to wake up and put on a full face of makeup if they don’t have anywhere to go, and with the work-from-home lifestyle becoming the norm, who can blame them? That being said, taking care of your skin and feeling great in it is important whether you have to be a person or not that day, so where is that middle ground?

The space between “I woke up like this” and “full-time Insta model” can exist for you, and it starts by using BB cream. Below are all the in’s and out’s of this makeup and skincare product (yes, it is both!) and why you definitely need a tube of it stashed in your makeup bag.

Where did BB Cream Come From and All of its Benefits

The Creation of “Beauty Balm”

If you have ever even glanced at a makeup aisle while you’re out shopping, chances are you’ve seen these creams on the shelves. They often are blazoned with a “BB” label on them somewhere, but most people don’t have a clue what it actually stands for.

Originally, BB Cream was first invented in the 1960s by a German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammaek, who originally called it Beauty Balm (a.k.a., the BB part of BB Cream).

This is not the name of every similar product in the industry, and many variations have sprouted since the original formulation such as blemish balm, blemish base, and blemish balm depending on the product or place of purchase.

Benefits of Using BB Cream Over Other Cosmetics

Regardless of what the BB in BB Cream stands for, all of the products are created with similar properties that are healing to the skin while also providing some amount of coverage. Some of the other things that make this product stand out from the rest are below and could easily make you consider making the switch yourself.

Lightweight Formulas

When it was originally formulated overseas, BB creams were created to give the skin an airy, dewy look so its wearers look fresh-faced instead of covered. This ideal has since been carried over, despite the prominence of full coverage products on the shelves.

Most foundations available lay on the skin much thicker than BB creams, and switching to a lighter formula can not only feel better on your face, but it can also allow the skin to breathe more resulting in fewer breakouts or clogged pores. Both of these things eventually equal clearer, better-looking skin.


You might consider yourself a makeup lover, but that doesn’t mean you should have a product for each of your specific needs. With BB cream, you can slim down on your morning routine from five separate products into one, single application and save yourself valuable time and money, too.

These creams will typically be able to protect your skin from sun exposure, moisturize you for the day, provide antioxidants to firm and fill in fine lines on the skin, and still manage to even out your skin tone. So get ready to use up some of your faves, because with BB cream you won’t have to rely on all those any longer.

Easy Application

Compounded by their versatility, BB creams are also simple to apply and can be quickly added to any routine by just about anyone. You don’t need to wield the fanciest brush to get it on your face, and it doesn’t take much finesse to have it set just right either.

Use just the warmth from your fingertips to apply the cream, allowing as much of it as possible to soak in and revive your complexion. If you don’t always have the best luck with applying traditional foundation, this makes BB cream a great alternative to try out.

How Does BB Cream Actually Heal the Skin?

Every formulation of BB cream is going to be a little different, but there are some highlights that stand out among them to make your skin better with makeup than without. Some of those include the following:

  • SPFOne of the most prevalent elements in BB Creams, the sun protection factor (SPF) is a number to look for on any of these products. Using minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, many creams will include this added sun protection to their products because it can do a lot to prevent premature aging by: reducing the likelihood of sunburn, the development of fine lines, and lower your risk of skin cancer to boot. All of these elements combined will keep your skin looking younger for longer.
  • Vitamin CNo, this is not exactly the same vitamin C that you look for when you feel a cold coming on, but is something a little different. When vitamin C is added into cosmetic or skincare products like BB Creams, it has some incredible benefits to your skin’s overall look and feeling. The first being its ability to stimulate collagen production, which thickens your skin and gives it a more firm and youthful appearance. Firming up your skin means diminishing more of those fine lines we get from smiling too much, or making funny faces which only means you can do even more of that and not worry so much about those expressions sticking around.
  • Hyaluronic AcidA relatively new buzzword within the beauty industry, hyaluronic acid is the superpower many BB creams, like the one by Pacifica, have within it to keeping your skin radiant. This type of glycosaminoglycan found naturally in the body’s connective tissue is not “acidic” as the name may imply. It is a humectant which, like humidity, helps the skin retain moisture for longer periods of time. This in turn keeps your skin from looking dry and flaky, and from feeling itchy or irritated had it not been applied at all.

Application and Wear of BB Cream

Now that you know more about the history of the all-in-one product, BB Cream, about the benefits it provides, and how it achieves those beneficial results, you may have some other lingering questions about its application. See some answers to the most frequently asked questions about BB creams below.

Are BB Creams a Good Alternative to Foundation?

Like most things in life, the answer to this question depends on a variety of factors. So in short: sometimes. Foundations are normally made to be medium-high coverage, so that most of the skin is concealed by the foundation and your freckles, for example, should not show through it. BB Creams, on the other hand, tend to lean more on the light end of skin coverage and some are almost sheer.

Finding a cream that works best for your intended look is important, so make sure you are checking the label to see what kind of coverage yours is said to bring to the table. If you are someone who doesn’t mind having some of your natural skin peeking through your makeup at times, BB cream could be a great healing alternative to foundation for you.

Is Primer Still Important to Wear Underneath BB Cream like it is Foundation?

BB Creams are made to enhance the skin’s overall health, in addition to providing some coverage. This means that, no, it is typically not necessary to wear a primer underneath your BB cream because it should be formulated with some of the properties mentioned above to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

The main goal of primer is to prep your skin by smoothing it out, filling in pores, and keeping it moisturized – all things that your BB cream may already be doing on its own, therefore, making primer a moot point.

Does BB Cream Last All Day?

One of the downsides to using BB Cream is that it likely will not last an entire day on your face. However, if you are someone who generally wears light coverage on their face throughout the day, that may be something that you are used to or okay with.

These creams will slowly absorb into the skin over the course of the day, along with the antioxidants and the other good stuff inside of it that makes them great. So even though you may not be totally “covered” by the day’s end, after using these over time you should see an improvement in your skin’s overall appearance making it feel less necessary for you to have fuller coverage at all hours of the day.

Bottom Line: Believe the Hype

BB Creams are the mashup between makeup and skincare that people all over the world have wanted, and in Eastern cultures, have loved for many, many years. They have many more benefits to your skin than any traditional foundation you’ll find on the market and can help improve the health of your skin over time resulting in a more beautiful complexion than you started with.

These products are accessible no matter what your budget is, so give one a try and watch your skin improve after each of your applications.

Read on and learn more

If you read this far, I’m certain that you are a beauty addict just like me! Great to know! If you want to learn more about your favorite subject, you can simply click on one of the links below and start reading!

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Joy-Lee Founder and writer of wevaluebeauty.com


Hi, my name is Joy-Lee and I'm the owner of wevaluebeauty.com. As you might've noticed, I'm a true beauty lover, and made it my passion, my work and my hobby. I love sharing my thoughts and feelings on a variety of beauty aspects and want to thank you for reading!