In the ever-evolving landscape of beauty products, one item has taken the world by storm: BB cream. Short for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm,” this multifunctional marvel has become a staple in many makeup routines. But what exactly is BB cream, and how does it differ from traditional makeup?

Origins and Evolution

Originally formulated in Germany by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1960s, BB cream was initially intended to soothe and protect the skin of patients who had undergone laser treatments or facial peels. Its popularity surged in South Korea in the early 2000s, where it gained a cult following for its ability to provide natural-looking coverage while offering skincare benefits.

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What Sets BB Cream Apart?

This cream differs from traditional makeup in several key ways:

Multifunctionality: One of the most significant differences between BB cream and traditional makeup is its multifunctionality. BB cream typically combines the benefits of skincare (such as moisturizing and sun protection) with makeup (like coverage and complexion correction) in a single product. This all-in-one approach appeals to those seeking simplicity and efficiency in their beauty routines.

Lighter Coverage: While traditional foundations and concealers often provide heavy coverage to mask imperfections, BB creams offer a lighter, more natural-looking coverage. They’re designed to even out skin tone and provide a subtle glow without appearing cakey or overly made up. This lighter coverage is ideal for everyday wear, allowing the skin to breathe while still looking polished.

Skincare Benefits: One of the most appealing aspects of BB cream is its incorporation of skincare ingredients. Many formulations include hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, and SPF for sun protection. These added benefits make BB cream a popular choice for those looking to streamline their skincare and makeup routines.

MONAT BB cream SPF 40

Versatility: BB creams cater to a wide range of skin types and concerns, offering formulations tailored to oily, dry, sensitive, and combination skin. Some variants also address specific issues like acne or aging, further enhancing their appeal to a diverse audience.

Natural Finish: Unlike some traditional makeup products that can look heavy or mask-like, BB cream typically imparts a natural, dewy finish. This “your-skin-but-better” effect enhances the complexion while still allowing the skin’s natural beauty to shine through.

US skincare brand MONAT has just launched its BB Cream SPF 40 Broad Spectrum Tinted Moisturiser (RRP $81), now available in Australia. Continuously striving for innovation and dedicated to delivering premium products, MONAT unveils its latest offering in the skincare range: the enhanced MONAT BB Cream SPF 40. Expanding on the achievements of its predecessor, this new formulation delivers SPF 40+ shield, imparting an added level of protection to the skin.

Engineered to provide moisture, seamless coverage, and improved skin texture within a mere seven days, the updated BB Cream is available in 9 shades, meticulously curated to complement various skin tones.

MONAT BB Cream at a glance: 

  • REJUVENIQUE S – super active oil that combines nourishing powers of 13+ botanical oils and extracts with a patented activated oil blend derived from olive oil and jojoba seed extract
  • MONAT Zinc Oxide – Naturally derived non-nano, eco-safe grade Zinc Oxide offering broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Rapeseed Oil – a natural oil high in Vitamin E and known for its emollient properties
  • Rice Bran Extract – known to cleanse dirt and oil from pores and balance natural oils while helping moisturise the skin
  • 100% Plant-derived moisturising complex – derived from mushrooms and beets that are known to deliver 400 times more moisturisation than sodium hyaluronate
  • Vitamin E – a natural antioxidant that is known to help protect the skin from aging, inflammation and sun damage
  • Mineral Pigments – Inorganic materials that are the basis for the colour

Find out more about the MONAT range here.