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To BB, Or Not To BB


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail celia _ellenberg@fairchildfashion.

Are BB creams really as revolutionary as people are making them out to be? What makes them so special and can I use them if I have dark skin?

BB creams were originally formulated by the German doctor Christine Schrammek in 1967 to help soothe, protect, and refine very sensitive skin. Lately they’ve become very popular in Asian markets as some famous actresses were recommending them to treat blemishes and impure skin. But I don’t find BB creams revolutionary at all since they come in a variety of different formulations: Some are just soothing and regenerative, some contain brightening ingredients, some are tinted, and some are advertised as having multiple functions, like a moisturizer, primer, foundation, skin refiner, sun block, etc. It’s really only a marketing term. And generally, if you have dark skin and no particular dark spots to eliminate, you do not need a cream with whitening components.

Dr. Marko Lens is a consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in the field of skin cancer and skin aging. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Dr. Lens works out of his own private practice in London, where his extensive research into the process of skin aging led him to create Zelens, a range of advanced cosmeceuticals that utilize potent plant-derived ingredients spiked with biotechnological actives.

Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Marko Lens

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