Women are known to be the masters of multitasking, and putting on our makeup is no exception. We rush to put it on when we’re late to work, sometimes even when we’re driving to work (not recommended), and we tend to skip vital parts of our routine, such as moisturizing and slathering on our SPF. While we want to keep our skin looking as luminous and flawless as possible, we crave a little less time spent in front of the mirror in the mornings if that means we can get a few extra minutes of shuteye. If we could find a way to shorten our makeup process—but could continue to have glowing skin—we would take that advice in a heartbeat.
The good news of the day? You can start setting your alarm clocks for a little later ladies, because BB creams will be your new morning lifesaver (besides coffee, of course). BB creams, short for beauty or blemish creams, are basically tinted moisturizers on steroids. The formulas are packed with powerful antioxidants to fight off acne and aging, and improves your skin with each use. The best part? Most have SPF built in already, so you won’t need to worry about adding that extra layer of sunscreen to your makeup routine.
Here’s our list of the best BB creams for all skin types (all paraben-free!), including descriptions of what makes each “miracle” product so darn great for your skin…
Boscia BB Cream ($38)
This oil-free, skin perfecting blemish balm nourishes and moisturizes the skin while creating a flawless finish. This is the ultimate multi-function treatment, as it is formulated with SPF 27 and packed with antioxidants to reduce the look of fine lines and concealing imperfections. This bb cream comes in one universal shade and self-adjusts to complement all skin tones.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ($37)
The tiniest amount of this product evens out skin, and also helps prevent future breakouts. Bonus: It looks nice on any skin tone!
Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Beauty Balm ($36)
This balm has one of the highest SPF ratings which will guarantee to protect you from the damaging sun-rays. This popular Asian bb cream features antioxidant bio-peptides and is free of sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances, petrochemicals, phthalates and triclosan.
Marcelle BB Cream ($27)
This bb cream minimizes the appearance of imperfections and pores, evens out skin tone, mattifies skin and controls shine, is hydrating and soothes and calms skin. If you need any more reason to buy this Canadian-based product, it comes in three shades to match your skin tone perfectly.
Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream ($39)
Dr. Brandt’s bb cream is easy to blend and has a soft, souffle-like texture, feeling lighter than most other bb creams. This product is self-adjusting and instantly evens out to your skin tone. It also helps minimize the appearance of discoloration and fine lines.