I love Korean soap operas! Not only are they entertaining ( if you're watching something without understanding what in the world the characters are saying and you still keep watching,now that's entertaining!), it's also interesting to see how those actors and actresses seem to have flawless complexions like that of a porcelain! So I did my googling, "Porcelain Face Korean Actress" and, voila! I discovered that the secret to this remarkably perfect complexion is this product called BB cream.
I did more research and apparently, BB cream originated in Germany as a "Blemish Balm" cream as a post laser treatment to soothe the skin. It became primarily a hit in Asia where it is said that in Korea 13% of its annual sales on cosmetics consists of BB creams!
As my curiosity of the product got stronger and I could not wait to try the product out for myself if I ordered it online, I hurried to this huge Korean supermarket where they sell beauty products, and of course, BB creams in what seemed like endless varieties! So i zeroed in on this one and here's what I think:
When I first squeezed the product on to my fingertip, I noticed that the consistency of the cream was rather thick. On top of that, it also came pre-tinted( apparently, there aren't many choices in colors but this weird whitish tan hue) so I didn't really have much choice but to purchase it as the sales lady said the color may look a bit scary at first but once you put it on the tint will go away. So I took her word for it and tried it out for myself.
The product, as it was very thick, was a bit challenging to spread all over the face. It also looked like I had a mud mask on at first. So I waited for about five minutes and the mud mask look was gone but the product still made my skin look a little paler that normal. I put my foundation on over it and after a while I noticed that my skin was glowing like a Korean actress!!
For the entire day I kept looking at myself in the mirror and I really had a glowing skin and the glow continued until I finally washed my face at night ! I also got a lot of complements and some people asked what I did with my skin 'cause it's "glowy". Of course, I didn't tell them what it was. They can just think I'm just naturally born that way;)
Overall, I think that the Asian BB cream really delivered the glowiness that I was expecting from it. But if you are white skinned and don't really care for a pale Korean soap opera look, then stay away because your skin will look glowy but pale. It is a very great product but if you're in a country where tan is in, then this defeats the purpose of your tanning yourself all day at the beach. BB creams, however have reached the Western cosmetics world and companies like Estee Lauder have joined the BB cream bandwagon but to make the product more appealing to its customers, they have to take out the "whitening effect" factor. I think next time I go to Sephora, I will try the American version to achieve the glow without the pale look:).
Here is the link where you can actually buy one version of the BB cream on Ulta's website for Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
And for those of you who are into anti-aging products, here is the anti-aging BB cream I found on HSN's website for
Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream with Broad Spectrum SPF 40
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