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Unless you haven't gone online, switched on your TV or thumbed through a magazine recently, you've probably heard the buzzword ""BB cream."" It seems like every skin care and makeup brand is coming out with its version of this product. BB stands for beauty balm and was originally formulated in Germany in the 1960s by dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek as a post-surgery recovery treatment. Beauty balms became popular in South Korea and Japan in the mid 1980s.

BB creams exploded onto the Western market in the past few years as a means of achieving flawless skin in just one step. Each brand has a unique formula, but all BB creams act as multitaskers, providing a number of benefits. The majority of these treatments are tinted, fight wrinkles, hydrate, provide sun protection and brighten tone. The tints either come in a variety of colors, and customers must choose their shade, or they feature a universal tint that changes to match your skin tone after application.

Peter Thomas Roth BB Blur Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - Light to Medium BB cream is a mineral-based formula that works well for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Over time, this product's vitamin E and goji-berry extract work to fight against free radicals and smooth your skin for a more youthful appearance. Diamond dust helps reflect the light and minimize the appearance of fine lines, while palmitoyl hexapeptide improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The natural formula offers SPF 30 sun protection. Available in three shades, this multi-action cream has a match for every skin tone.

For those with combination to oily skin, try dr. brandt BB matte signature shinerase light to medium. It uses a revolutionary technology that matches your skin tone once you apply. This do-it-all skin treatment offers SPF 30 sun protection, smooths fine lines and wrinkles, brightens, evens tone and hydrates. It is available in a darker shade as well.

One of the most significant products brought to the market in recent years, BB creams are sure to stick around for good. They're simple one-step ways to instantly achieve a bright, younger-looking complexion while guarding your skin against future damage.

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