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Blogstar entry: blemish balm – the new trend
In 2005 Blemish Balm took over Asia, starting from Korea, the BB cream became the new must have in every girl’s make up bag. I was not immune to the craze, a friend had given me her favourite BB cream to try: Dr. young 2p Pearl Brightening Balm B.B SPF35 PA++. This BB cream suits people with a warm skin tone, as most Asians have, and promises to: protect the skin from UV rays, prevent skin from looking down, lightens the skin and present a natural looking skin.
Garnier has released the first BB cream for Australia: the Miracle Skin Perfector. It claims to hydrate the skin for 24 hours, evens skin tone, corrects flaws, protects skin from UV damage and to make skin have a healthy glow. This seems to fit the Australian culture, although I would have hoped for something with a higher SPF due to our higher UV rating.
I am being cynical about blemish balms in general. Being a pharmacist, I have come across many preparations that have multiple uses but are actually sub-therapeutic. So having five functions I would imagine the list of ingredients would be long, and I would not be surprised if one of them reduces the efficacy of the other. I am not criticizing the product; for Garnier makes quality care products and I know that they would have done enough research to back their claims, but I am hesitant to replace my whole regiment with one bottle of cream.
My main question is: does the BB cream work as well as applying the products separately? Does it hydrate as well as Garnier’s Multi-Action Day Cream? Does it cover up blemishes as well as a skin corrector? Although I realize that using the BB cream would save me a lot of time, but would I be better off layering my skin care products one by one for them to be more effective?
So even though I am an owner of a BB cream, it is not my regular regiment in skin care and makeup, I only use it when I am pressed for time. I believe that my skin is worth the extra five minutes of care, and the invention of BB cream would not change that believe. BB creams might be useful in saving people money and time, but essentially what are you sacrificing for the convenience and cost?
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