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Often-forgotten-about BB creams deserve recognition for their ability to even skin tone and conceal blemishes. We select seven hardworkers

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BB creams can conceal imperfections while providing a natural finish. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

BB creams can conceal imperfections while providing a natural finish. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

Getty Images/Tetra images RF

Balance Me BB Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF25, £26

Balance Me BB Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF25, £26

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced BB Facial Sun Protection SPF 50, £14.95

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced BB Facial Sun Protection SPF 50, £14.95

Next SPF 15 BB Cream, £10

Next SPF 15 BB Cream, £10

Note BB Cream Advanced Skin Corrector, £8.09

Note BB Cream Advanced Skin Corrector, £8.09

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BB creams can conceal imperfections while providing a natural finish. Credit: Getty Images/Tetra images RF

Balance Me BB Hyaluronic Skin Tint SPF25, £26 Described by Balance Me as “a super plumping skin tint cream” this BB cream delivers a natural looking glow, whilst masking whitening that is often associated with sun protection products. It’s important to apply the tint evenly across your face to ensure full UVA/UVB protection. The product is particularly suited to oily complexions and can be mixed with moisturiser to suit drier skin.

No. 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced BB Facial Sun Protection SPF 50, £14.95
We all know we should be wearing SPF daily as protection against the sun’s harmful rays. If you’ve gotten slack in your sunscreen application habits, January’s a great month to start afresh. The Protect & Perfect BB cream contains a skin brightening complex to help improve skin tone and is suitable for use under makeup or on it’s own.

PHB Ethical Beauty Bare Skin BB Cream SPF15, £20
For a sustainable option, check out PHB Beauty – a Brighton-based family business that specialise in natural, ethical, cruelty- and palm-oil free products. Bare Skin BB is handmade with organic rosehip oil and aloe vera to nourish skin, and it also offers SPF15 protection. Best of all, 20% of PHB profits go directly to charities that help improve the lives of people and animals worldwide.

Next SPF 15 BB Cream, £10
An excellent choice for Veganuary, Next’s BB Cream is a vegan product that comes in a choice of eight shades. Although the texture feels light and airy on the skin, the fluid effortlessly conceals blemishes and imperfections. Apply it evenly across the face and keep building coverage until the desired effect is achieved.

Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid, £32
Named the Best BB cream for Mature Skin 2022 by the Independent, Clarins’ BB Skin Detox Fluid is a super-hydrating product that packs a punch. Hero ingredient acerola seed extract boots skin oxygenation which helps to improve circulation to the face – and this results in a bright, rebalanced complexion.

Erborian BB Cream Claire, £17
K-beauty specialists Erborian produce a range of BB and CC creams. Their BBs work in in the same way as tinted moisturiser to conceal imperfections, whereas their CC products act as colour-correctors. Bestseller BB Cream Clair offers medium, buildable coverage with a velvety, ultra-soft matte finish. It provides a flawless base for makeup application, contains ginseng to firm the skin, and anti-inflammatories liquorice and ginger. Suited to fair complexions, the BB comes in nude, medium and darker shades.

Note BB Cream Advanced Skin Corrector, £8.09
Note’s BB Cream helps to even out skin tone whilst providing a natural looking glow. The consistency is thicker than some BB creams, which is great if you’re looking for a little more coverage without turning to foundation. It blends well, delivers a dewy finish and comes in an impressive choice of colours – 11 in total.

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