The Real Deal About Body BB Creams
BB. CC. DD. WTF are these body alphabet creams, and why are they flying off shelves?
Good for: easy, barely-there sun protection
Our take: So many people hate the texture of sunscreen but regularly apply body lotion, which makes me wonder why more beauty brands won't invest in developing a light sunscreen that feels just as great as an everyday moisturizer. Enter: Avon's DD Cream. With broad-spectrum SPF 15 and costing less than $1.50 per ounce, this is inexpensive and light enough to consider wearing daily. Its mild, clean scent won't overpower other fragrances and wears well throughout the day. Its benefits sound pretty similar to Urban Decay's BB: firming, tightening, wrinkle-reducing, etc., with fancy-pants ingredients like algae extract and caffeine and hydrators like sweet almond and olive oils.
There are two major cons of this DD. Two of its active ingredients are avobenzone and oxybenzone, controversial chemical sunscreens that are suspected to have some of the highest health risks. Still, most dermatologists say that wearing any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen at all -- and picking a product that you can stick with is the key. So get your DD on, girl. Also, be careful to apply the cream in a thin layer; if you smooth on too much, the product tends to pill.
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