The #1 Reason Why BB Creams Should Be Your BFF This Summer
By Zinhlezonke Zikalala; photograph by James Garaghty
One product to do it all…
If you’ve been wondering, BB stands for blemish balm or beauty balm. And here’s why you should befriend this oh-so-cool product this summer.
BB creams are perfect for all seasons, but especially summer, because they do everything. Think: moisturiser, primer, sunscreen, concealer and foundation. That’s five products in one. Surely multitasking BBs deserve to be your make-up bag stalwart?
Need more reasons to love BBs? They’re lightweight. Plus: they’re packed full of antioxidants, which zero in on skin issues like acne and ageing.
Now that you’re well and truly persuaded, these are four of our faves right now…
1. L’Occitane Immortelle Precious BB Cream SPF 30 (R239)
This formula is enriched with organic immortelle essential oil, which means: anti-ageing results! And that’s over and above evening out skin tone, concealing blemishes and brightening dull skin. Available at
2. Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25 (510)
For strained skin that needs to breathe, this BB is the one. Natural coverage with a breathable texture balances your skin tone, revives your complexion, and hydrates and protects your skin. Hello healthy glow. Available at
3. SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50 (R480)
This one is special! By combining brightness with a moisturising high-SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen, you’re well protected from premature ageing. Zero unflattering white residue – just a really great glow.
4. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35 (R510)
Call this the five-in-one miracle worker! It cuts right down on prep time, instantly creating even-toned, glowing skin. Best part? It moisturises deeply while simultaneously controlling shine. Available at
Guys, get your self a BB cream BFF… Your face – and skin – will love you for it.