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How do BB creams work?

Typically, BB Creams provide sheer, buildable, natural-looking color, much like a tinted moisturizer. They also leave skin (temporarily) silky-feeling and poreless-looking, thanks to silicone, which is often one of the first ingredients you’ll see if you check the label. (Look for “cyclopentasiloxane” or “dimethicone.”)

As far as sun protection, BB Creams are a good choice for everyday wear, Arielle Kauvar, MD, director of New York Laser and Skincare, told us. Some contain ideal UV-screening all-physical sunscreens, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxid.

The bottom line? BB Creams may not be quite the miracle-in-a-tube they’re billed as (nothing ever is!), but they are a quick, easy way to fake a more flawless complexion and get an effective dose of daily sun protection.

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