People seem to be going bananas over BB creams lately. To be perfectly honest, when I first heard of them I had to google what BB stood for. For those misinformed beauty bloggers like myself, it stands for ‘blemish balm’ or ‘blemish base.’
Curious to know more? Let’s get into it…
What is BB Cream?
BB cream is kind of like an all-in-one beauty product that can replace moisturizer, serums, primer, foundation and even sunblock for your face. Worn alone or under your makeup, it is great for buildable coverage.
The original BB cream was created in the 1960’s by a German dermatologist by the name of Christine Schrammek. It was meant to help heal patients skin after surgery.
Twenty some-odd years later, the cream was introduced to Korea where it blew up in popularity. Asians prize porcelain, healthy-looking skin so it’s no wonder that this cream became such a hit.
Why They are So Bad Ass
Of course there are fad products, but when something has been kicking around for nearly 50 years and maintains its popularity, there must be a reason why.
The all-in-one formula for BB creams makes it the perfect tool for healing and concealing acne, evening out your skin tone, moisturizing, fighting the signs of aging, protecting skin from harmful sun damage and soothing the skin from inflammation or redness.
I’d say that makes this one pretty impressive skin care product and best of all you can make your own homemade BB cream without too much fuss.
Curious to know how?
How To Make Your Own Homemade BB Cream
Finding the right brand for you can be difficult, so why not make it yourself? Hit up your local health store or Amazon.com for these items:
- 1 teaspoon Chamomile Powder
- 1 teaspoon Burdock Root
- 1 teaspoon Witch Hazel
- 1 tablespoon Mineral Powder Foundation in your shade
- 1 teaspoon Coconut Oil
- 1 teaspoon RoseHip Oil
- 1 teaspoon melted Beeswax
- 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Juice
- 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
- 2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Cetyl Alcohol
* 1 teaspoon Vodka as a preservative is optional
Once you have your ingredients, follow these steps:
Step 1: In a double boiler (or two different sized pots, the larger with a few inches of water and the smaller resting inside it) bring your Coconut Oil, RoseHip Oil and Beeswax to melting point.
Step 2: Stirring regularly, add in your Tea Tree and Peppermint Essential Oil once the beeswax is fully melted. If you want to add in vodka as a preservative, now is the time to do so. Resist the urge to do shots!
Step 3: Now that all your oils are mixed, pour into a clean container and set aside.
Step 4: Melt down the Cetyl Alcohol and in a separate pot heat up your Aloe Vera Juice. Once it’s boiling add in your Cetyl Alcohol.
Step 5: It’s time to add in your powders. Make sure they blend in smoothly. You can use a beater or whisk; whichever works best for you. I’m more of a beater gal…takes much less effort!
Step 6: Once everything is smoother than a baby’s bottom, add in your oil mixture and blend.
Step 7: Pour contents into a clean container and holler…your BB cream is good to go!
Who knew making your own homemade BB cream could be so (relatively) easy! Now I don’t know about you but I would rather save myself the cash and control which ingredients I slather my face with.
Is anyone else on the BB cream train? Do you have a specific brand you love? Are you now considering making your own homemade BB cream? Let me know in the comment section below!