The original BB creams or blemish balm or beauty balm as they are also known was developed in Germany by Dr Christine Schrammek in 1968 and was used to soothe and nourish skin after a Green Peel (a herbal skin peeling treatment).
Dr Schrammek saw that her BB cream showed great improvements in patients who had undergone surgery - not only did it cover the scars and wounds up perfectly, but it also nourished and treated the skin helping it heal faster.
Internationally, so many brands have launched their own versions of BB creams, especially in Asian countries.
So what exactly does it do?
The BB cream is considered an all-rounder, targeting a variety of skin concerns, and each brand’s version is slightly different.
Overall, the average BB cream offers coverage (many women use it as a foundation), it nourishes and treats the skin, resulting in improved texture, plus it reduces scarring and redness and brightens the skin similar to that of a primer.
Some versions also contain anti-aging properties, as well as an SPF.
We love, Korean brand Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ which gives fantastic coverage, while moisturising and nourishing so that an overall improvement in texture and tone develops. Plus it's packed with age-defying SPF!
Not looking for major coverage? Try Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector. This lightweight formulation provides major moisture and subtle coverage.
But are BB creams really a game changer?
It depends what you're after - if you're looking for coverage, skincare benefits and SPF protection in one product then you'll benefit from adding one to your makeup routine.
To find one that works for you, bear in mind what your skin concerns are, and discuss these with the sales representative before making your purchase.