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What Is a BB Cream?

BB Creams have made their Western migration and they're dazzling us ... so move over tinted moisturizers!  You may be wondering, “What on earth is a BB cream?”  “Why would I want to change what I'm using and add this to my skin care routine?”  “Is it really so different than tinted moisturizer?” 

The bottom line is that this product really is that amazing - you do want to add it to your skin care. Here's why:

What on earth is a BB Cream?

The term BB cream stands for “beauty balm” cream. 

suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream SPFBeauty balms, like the Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB cream with SPF 30, are designed to provide multiple benefits for your skin.  These benefits include, but are not limited to:1. hydrator, 2. primer, 3. high SPF, 4. foundation, 5. evens out skin tone. Makeup artists have been referring to BB creams as “bridging the gap between skin care and makeup.”

Where did BB Creams come from?

BB Creams began in Asia several years ago as a cosmetic cult phenomenon and a one-step skin care miracle. They've moved their way to the United States over the past few years. Originally formulated by German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek in the 1950’s, this skin care multi-tasker was designed to protect, heal, and conceal the skin after laser procedures and surgery.

Since moving westward, BB creams have improved in texture, shade range, and formulation. For example, Suntegrity’s 5 in 1 BB cream with SPF 30 (our favorite), feels lightweight on the skin with its non-greasy texture, yet is packed with powerful and organic moisturizing ingredients, antioxidants, and a 20% zinc oxide physical block content providing superior sun protection.

Why, exactly, are BB creams different from tinted moisturizers? 

Overall, BB creams are different from tinted moisturizers by providing more skin care benefits, greater sun protection, better coverage, long wear times, and a built-in primer. Tinted moisturizers tend to have lower sun protection, less pigment and coverage, and minimal skincare ingredients, if any. Also, they are known to fade from the skin relatively quickly.

What makes the Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB cream a better choice than other BB creams on the market? 

For one, the ingredients used to make this luxurious product are outstanding. We are talking about a pure physical block of 20% zinc oxide to provide SPF 30, and a powerhouse of organic and naturally derived ingredients to bathe your skin in the best. It hydrates your skin with organic aloe vera juice, organic jojoba seed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic cucumber fruit extract, and hyaluronic acid.

best skin care antioxidant green teaAntioxidants from red algae extract, organic green tea extract, and organic pomegranate oil provide added protection against free radical damage. (You will still need the uniquely powerful antioxidant/caffeine combo of your Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy for maximum antioxidant skin care efficacy.)

What also makes this BB cream so awesome is what it doesn’t have. Suntegrity’s 5 in 1 BB cream SPF 30 is free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, PABA, titanium dioxide, nano particles, and chemical UV absorbers. Dr. Bailey only sells the Suntegrity BB Cream without citrus extract; Suntegrity makes another version of this product with citrus and Dr. Bailey knows that many people are or will become allergic to citrus when it is applied to skin. As a prudent dermatologist, she loves the citrus-free Suntegrity product line - but only that version of Suntegrity products. According to Dr. Bailey, "Citrus is a great fruit to eat and drink but it never belongs on skin due to high incidence of skin allergy."

If you aren’t already sold on this BB cream, there is also a lovely cause behind the product. The creator, Tricia, made Suntegrity Skincare after losing her mother to melanoma skin cancer. Her mission is to provide a line of sun protection products that are highly effective and free of UV chemical blockers and toxic ingredients.

If you are interested in trying out the Suntegrity’s 5 in 1 BB cream you can order the citrus-free version from us online by clicking here:

Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream

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If you have oily skin and want an oil-free alternative, click here for Dr. Bailey's favorite Tinted Sunscreen, Sheer Strength Pure Physical Matte Tinted SPF 50+ Sunscreen. This is the product she wears every day. It includes 4% iron oxide tinting technology to blend into almost all skin tones (even her fair skin) and block visible light known to contribute to some skin pigment problems.

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Under sunscreen, Dr. Bailey always recommends a potent antioxidant product and the best antioxidants for skin care are green tea. Click below to view her Green Tea Antioxidant Skin Therapy.

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The perfect companion makeup powder for Suntegrity BB Cream or Sheer Strength Pure Physical Matte Tinted Sunscreen is Dr. Bailey's gossamer light/complete coverage mineral makeup.

Dr. Bailey Skin Care Mineral Makeup

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Remember, you need sun protection all year long for its anti-aging benefit; treat yourself and your skin to the high-quality sun protection, beautiful look, and elegant feel of Suntegrity 5 in 1 BB Cream.

Written by MaLinda, Medical Aesthetician. My passion is helping people look and feel beautiful. I have more than nine years of experience in the skincare and cosmetics industry; having worked as a makeup artist, as a makeup and skincare product specialist for a high-end department store, and as an aesthetician. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and history, but I have found my true calling in the world of skincare. I’ve been a licensed aesthetician since 2007. I love helping my clients achieve healthy, beautiful skin and teaching them how to get the results they’re looking for on a daily basis. Everyone is beautiful with unique attributes that make them special. Finding and highlighting these attributes in a person is my passion – and it’s what I love about my career.