Top BB Cream Myths Debunked

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Alphabet creams are all the rage now and don't show signs of going away soon. Even though its popularity is widespread, there are also myths and fallacies about the BB cream that makes potential users wary of the product. Check out the top myths about BB cream below and why it's ok for you to hop on the BB bandwagon.

Myth 1: It clogs pores.
Because the BB Cream was designed to act both as skin care and makeup, a lot of its ingredients help skin recover from acne and other blemishes. It helps to smooth out skin with continued use without clogging pores or causing additional breakouts.

Myth 2: I have to put foundation over it and sunscreen underneath.
Apart from containing sun-protecting ingredients like zinc oxide, applying a layer of BB cream over your face helps create a physical barrier between your face and the sun's harmful rays. Also, choose a BB cream with a built-in SPF.

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Myth 3: It doesn't provide enough coverage.

BB Creams offer light to medium coverage that is easily buildable. When blended properly, it can provide adequate coverage to conceal redness, blemishes and discolorations. To ensure that BB cream will blend flawlessly on your face, choose a shade that matches your skin tone. If you're on the morena side, focus the product on the middle of your forehead, nose bridge, apples of cheeks and middle of chin. Balance it out by applying a bronzer on the top of forehead, hollows of cheeks, jawline and chin. This trick will also provide instant contours and highlights to help define your face.

Myth 4: It will dry out my skin.
BB Creams are formulated to be an all-in-one product: moisturizer, serum, sunscreen and face base. Most creams contain hyaluronic acid, an ingredient known for its ability to help seal in your skin's natural moisture.

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Myth 5: It will make me break out.

On the contrary, the original BB cream was developed by a German dermatologist in the 1960s to help soothe and protect patients' skin after surgical procedures. Today's BB cream seeks to address women's (and men's) skin care and makeup needs by infusing the tinted cream with ingredients formulated to help combat acne. For some with lightening concerns, certain BB creams also contain skin-lightening ingredients which help inhibit melanin production (melanin is responsible for skin-darkening).

Myth 6: It will make my skin oilier.

Though BB creams contain moisturizing ingredients, applying BB cream won't make your skin oilier. A lot of formulas are meant to give the skin a rosy, dewy finish. If your skin is super-oily, simply set your BB cream with a light dusting of face powder to tone down the dewy effect.

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