All BB Cremes are Not Created Equal

The origins of BB creams began in the 1960s by a German Scientist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, who formulated the concoction to protect her patients’ skin after facial peels and surgeries.  The current success of BB Creams began in Asia in 2009 and by 2012 a crossover to Europe and the US made this cosmetic a very popular skin-care product.  Brands such as Garnier, Clinque, Estée Lauder, Too Faced, Origins and Dior launched Western versions of the product for their consumers enjoyment.

in Asia, BB cream was predominantly used for skin lightening, while in the western market the focus is on the quicker beauty routine whereby a consumer can use one product instead of several. The coverage is often mineral-based, and the cream is promoted as a multi-tasker, an all-in-one treatment; moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. Some BB creams have been criticized for lacking the skin-caring functions  normally associated with the product, and for being no more than tinted moisturizer.

while all BB creams are used to essentially achieve the same end result, the uniquely varying ingredient compositions make the health and safety aspect of these creams drastically varied as well. According to ingredient analysis conducted by Environmental Working Group (EWG)Estee Lauder received the poorest hazard rating (9/10), while Evenly Radiant and Too Faced BB creams received commendable  consumer safety hazard ratings (2/10) in comparison to other BB creams evaluated.

Analysis of the Estee Lauder BB cream resulted in the following significant concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, endocrine disruption, contamination concerns, irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), occupational hazards, and bioaccumulation. Moderate to low concerns include: non-reproductive organ system toxicity, enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, ecotoxicology and data gaps.

Natural/Vegan BB creams manufacturers include: Superdrug,  Haut Cosmetics, 100% Pure Cosmetics, and Dermae. Whether using a BB creme or another combination of products, safety and reliability of the ingredients as well as ease of application is as important as consistent end results.

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