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BB Cream v. Foundation

September 04, 2019 | Gunjan Bansal

BB Cream v. Foundation

At one time or another, we’ve all experienced the frustration of trying to find the perfect foundation shade among the never-ending sea of choices on store shelves. We pump some foundation on the back of our hand or try to swipe some on our neck, hoping it will blend in without being too pale or dark. We then pick the shade we think is the closest we can get and hope for the best. And if it doesn’t end up matching our skin tone, then we start the process all over again.

Why do we put in all this work? Traditionally, foundation has been a staple makeup product because it creates an even skin tone and the appearance of a more radiant complexion. However, foundation does not offer any other skin benefits. In fact, many foundations are formulated with harsh chemicals such as BHA, formaldehydes, parabens, parfum, petrolatum and Solixanes.  These are among the “dirty dozen” chemicals that consumers should avoid in cosmetics. In recent years, consumers have become more aware of these “dirty chemicals,” which has led to alternatives to foundations.

BB Cream or Foundation: Know the BB Basics

BB Creams have become a popular alternative to traditional foundation since hitting the market in the early 2000s. BB Creams were originally called a “beauty balm” by a dermatologist in Germany who wanted to create an all-in-one cream that provided color coverage as well as skin benefits. The result was an all-purpose product that served as a foundation, sunscreen and moisturizer.

When they first entered the market, BB Creams became an instant sensation in South Korea and spread fast throughout Asia. The lightweight coverage and SPF qualities of BB Cream resonated with many Asian consumers and it became the preferred complexion base product. After they became a hit in Asia, BB Creams arrived on Western shelves around 2012, and have grown in popularity since then. When deciding between BB Cream or foundation, it’s important to know what makes BB Creams unique.


What’s the Difference Between BB Creams and Foundation?

One of the differences between BB Cream and foundation is that BB Creams don’t come in an overwhelming number of shades that you have to laboriously try to match to your skin. Instead, most BB Creams come in four to five color shades that are lighter in coverage and consistency. BB Cream can be applied with a sponge or brush, similar to foundation, but BB Creams can also easily be blended onto skin with your fingers for extra convenience. When it comes to choosing BB Cream or foundation, BB Cream offers amazing benefits.  

BB Cream created a new category of makeup. It’s one of the few makeup products that offers skin benefits we’d normally have to get by using additional skin care products. BB Creams revolutionized how we thought about applying our makeup. Now, we not only consider how a product makes our complexion look, but we also think about how a product can benefit our skin beyond its surface appearance. The difference between BB Cream and foundation, it turns out, is quite substantial.

DERMA E’s BB Creams

Here at DERMA E, we believe that skin health can be visibly improved through the right combination of potent vitamins, wholesome nutrients and nature’s most effective ingredients. We have formulated a BB Cream that is enhanced with Vitamins C +E, Bilberry Extract and SPF. In addition to providing color coverage and skin benefits, our BB Cream is unique in that it is formulated with non-nano (and reef safe!) mineral zinc oxide, making it good for you and for the environment. Also, you won’t find any of those “dirty dozen” chemicals in our BB Cream because we are a proven clean beauty brand. Our BB Cream is formulated to be 100% vegan and cruelty free, and it does not contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors, gluten, soy or GMOs. These amazing skin benefits make the choice between BB Cream or foundation a simple one. 

Also, application is made easy with our Tinted Moisturizing BB Creams SPF 30+. Our BB Cream comes in five shades with endless possibilities for customization. Mix two shades to find your perfect match as your skin tone color changes with the season and occasion. Once you find your perfect shade, use the BB Cream as the last step of your skin care regimen by applying with your fingers, a blender sponge or stippling brush, and then blending evenly on your cheeks, forehead, nose, chin and neck. Our BB Creams are easy to carry on-the-go so that you can reapply all day for sun protection. In the matchup of BB Cream v. foundation, there is a clear winner. Try DERMA E BB Cream and meet your match to hydrate, illuminate and protect skin, all in one step.  

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DERMA E didn’t start out in the beauty aisle or the boardroom. Instead, we began in a small health food store in Southern California. Our first product was a jar of Vitamin E 12,000 I.U. Moisturizing Cream. People were amazed at the results it had on their skin and word caught on.

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