With the winter months rolling in my skincare routine gets thrown into chaos. As I dry up like a raisin, I am often left wondering what I should do. With my skin being so sensitive and the harshness of New York winters I am gifted with red irritated and dry patchy skin for the holiday season.
Finally, collecting my bravery I searched the internet for a solution and finally landed on something known as BB cream. BB cream is said to offer more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but is lighter than foundation. Most BB creams boast about all the benefits that they offer and after looking through countless reviews and countless sites, I finally landed on Erborian’s BB creme au Ginseng.
The name just sounded so posh, and the reviews were amazing, I felt fancy just putting it into my shopping cart.
What is BB cream?
Like I said before, BB cream is somewhere between tinted moisturizer and foundation. It was first developed by a German dermatologist for people recovering from laser surgery in order to offer protection and coverage at the same time.
BB cream usually offers SPF protection as well as lots of benefits for the wearer. However, the BB cream cannot replace your skin care routine and should not. The small amount of BB cream you end up wearing is not enough to gain all the benefits a correct skin care routine can. It is also advised to still use sunscreen even with a BB cream because the protection it offers is not strong enough to fully protect your skin.
Ingredients and Review
Looking at the list of ingredients on the bottle of BB creme au Ginseng can be a scary and confusing experience that’s why I took into my hands to explain the benefits of the top 10 ingredients and the herbal and plant ingredients in the BB cream.
- Aqua/ Water
- Cyclomethicone – This is a silicone that is usually used in a product to coat the skin but later evaporates, it is used to carry other ingredients onto the skin and makes the product easy to apply. It leaves the skin feeling silky and plump by filling in fine lines.
- PEG – 10 Dimethicone – Used as an emulsifier (keeps ingredients from separating).
- Dimethicone – used as moisturizer to treat and prevent rough, dry, and scaly skin
Isoecosane – used as a replacement for mineral oil, usually used in oil-free moisturizers.
Hexyl laurate – used to soften the skin.
Disteardimonium – viscosity control, provides suspension for the other ingredients
Ginseng root – has many phytonutrients, helps tone and brighten skin, boosts skin-firming collagen, acts as a skin whitener.
Licorice root – anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, calms and soothes acne prone skin
Portulaca extract – helps eliminate skin problems such as dermatitis and psoriasis, eliminates wrinkles, also has antioxidant properties
Yam root extract – Used to treat dry skin by reducing flaking
Kigelia Fruit – Anti-bacterial, firms skin, and fights melanoma
Equisetum giganteum extract – Contains silicon naturally, promotes tight firm skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, tones skin, moisturizing properties, good for sensitive skin
Overall, I’m pretty hyped for my purchase and I can’t wait to try it on and see what my experience will be with this product. The ingredients seem pretty safe and they won’t likely cause irritation. I am also looking forward to maybe having flawless looking skin that doesn’t look cakey or dry.