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Unnecessary Skin Care Products: BB Creme – the ‘Snuggie’ of Skin Care


As skin care professionals, people always ask us to recommend the best products. But we thought it might be time to tell you about the skin care products you DON’T need. Starting this week, we’re sharing our top list of unnecessary skin care products. First up is BB creme – the latest fad to hit the skin care industry:

BB Cremes – The ‘Snuggie’ of skin care

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re sure you’ve heard of BB creme – it’s touted as an SPF, primer, moisturizer and foundation in one. BB Cremes are the Snuggie of skin care. You know – the all-in-one infomercial wonder: “It’s a blanket, it’s sleeves, it’s a hoodie, it’s a stylish wrap!”

We’ll be honest with you – we think BB cremes are a complete fad. Worse still, we think they are a waste of money. And even worse still, we think they are bad for your skin. Here’s why: all-in-one, one-size-fits-all skin care made for the masses cannot possibly treat your individual skin concerns. One BB creme will not work for someone’s dry skin and your oily skin and her sensitive skin. Skin must be treated by its skin type – it’s the basis of professional skin care, and it absolutely shocks us that major brands are jumping on the bandwagon on this one.

We suggest you let the BB creme trend go the way of the pet rock, and choose dedicated products that are designed to work for your skin: an individual broad spectrum sunscreen, a great face primer, a hydrating moisturizer and a perfect match foundation that delivers real results.

Next week we’ll continue this series, and discuss another unnecessary skin care product. In the meantime, let’s talk in the comments! Have you tried a BB creme?


Comments (8)

Tara McCoy says:
May 8, 2012

Uh oh ! I already bought the brand-new, big name brand one recently from the Drug Store. I knew better too when I did but the glossy-commerical on TV pulled me in! It smelled fresh and great but the performance was terrible. At over 40, I knew better too – but thank goodness you are here Barbara to keep us in toe ! No more BB Cremes for me.

    Barbara Salomone says:
    May 8, 2012

    Tara – isn’t it amazing how a big glossy commercial can pull us in? I think we all are guilty of that now and then – skin care product or otherwise! Glad to hear you came around and are back on track.

Marti says:
Jun 18, 2012

Well, I have to say, while yes this will probably be a fad, I rather like the way it works/looks on my skin. I actually was complimented on my skin from out of the blue at an art gallery recently. It gives a very airbrushed look. The only other product on my skin was bronzing powder.

Yesenia says:
Jul 6, 2012

I tried a bb cream from a well known company and it looked and felt great on my skin when I first put it on. However, because I have large pores and oily skin, it settled into my pores within a few hours and it was very noticeable. I am in my early 30’s and this is not the best face forward look for me. I have a friend who swears by it, though.

Natalie says:
Jan 8, 2013

I love BB creams! I perform my regular skincare and makeup routine and just use the BB cream in place of foundation or tinted moisturizer. Hopefully no one actually uses it in place of moisturizer or other things you should get separately!

Paula potter says:
Mar 7, 2013

I don’t understand Skincare. Too many lies and fads. First, I am told to only purchase through an esthetics an and have custom blended after analysis, now same company will sell to me without blending or worse yet, without looking at skin. You are all capitalist liars without my skin health in mind, only your wealth.

    Barbara Salomone says:
    Mar 8, 2013

    Good to hear from you, Paula Windsrom! Thanks for your comment. Having Bioelements take-home products available online is beneficial for several important reasons. First, in today’s digital age, there’s a segment of people who only shop for their skin care products online. It’s simply a modern convenience they demand for all their shopping.

    Second, there are also “non-spa goers” who may not be near a Bioelements spa or may not have access to a spa, but still want the results of Bioelements skin care.

    There are also the “non-spa goers” who shop online, but who may be unaware about professional spa services. This demand allows us to educate and share not only our expertise, but the professional spa experience with those who purchase our products. That’s why we always tout the benefits of professional services on here our web site, on Facebook, and on Twitter. The internet allows us to show them treatment videos, testimonials from estheticians and spa-goers, and find a spa near them on our Spa Locator.

    The internet can never replace the experience inside a treatment room – a one-on-one service, SkinReading, pro-use-only formulas, Custom Blending, and immediate results. But fortunately, access to take home products online can “open the spa door” to someone who was previously unaware of just what a facial can do.

    It’s like a circle of service. Professional spa treatments can lead to take-home products; and take-home products can also lead to professional spa treatments.

Colleen K says:
Jul 24, 2013

I like the BB creams or CC creams because they add a sunscreen. (Although usually not enough of one. I just don’t’ understand why all face products, make up, foundation, moisturizer, etc. can’t incorporate a SPF 30 sunscreen and why wouldn’t everybody want them to!

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