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: subtle brightening and everyday hydration
I naïvely expected Jergens' body BB, like Urban Decay's, to contain slightly more coverage a la a facial BB cream. I was still hoping this would be a good, less-messy replacement for my tinted moisturizer-with-lotion trick. Apples to apples, this is more like a CC cream since its primary benefits are optical brightening and blurring, not improving skin tone by adding pigment. It's got a tiny bit of color -- that would be the purported "self-adjusting tone technology" -- but it's hardly noticeable.
As a body lotion, it's super: It makes skin feel instantly hydrated, smooth and plump thanks to shea, mango seed and cocoa butters, vitamin B-5, aloe, coconut water, collagen and elastin. I also never got tired of the light, slightly musky fragrance. I didn't notice a significant difference between this product and Osmotics Cosmeceuticals' CC Cream, which goes for $60 more, making this (like the Avon DD) a stellar value. The only bummer is its lack of staying power -- after a few hours, my skin still felt supple and smelled awesome, but my glow had faded. (Guess I better wipe down that desk chair again.)
This body BB was my second-favorite alphabet cream after Urban Decay's product for its solid function and affordability. Would I pay $34.99 to score it on eBay? Nah. But I'm still using it. And I haven't ruled out the possibility that, once those skin-perfecting benefits kick in, I'll be more porcelain than pasty.