I’ve been very skeptical about this entire “BB Cream” thing. I viewed it as a glorified tinted moisturizer…and tinted moisturizer is just some pigment mixed into your moisturizer. BB Creams claim to also be a concealer and sometimes they claim to be a makeup base. One thing I’ve learned about BB Creams is that they claim to do it all. This makes a skeptical person like myself very suspicious.
We’ll I’ve finally warmed up to them as I like the idea of a multi-purpose product and here’s my review of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream.
The claims: Like all of the other BB Creams, the Hydroxatone one makes claims…and more claims. It claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as tighten sagging skin. It prevents free radical damage with a healthy dose of antioxidants such as Vitamin C. It contains a lot of ingredients that one sees in anti-aging creams. It evens out the complexion and hides imperfections. It soothes irritated skin. And it contains a SPF 40.
The company says it can be used alone or under foundation.
The look/feel/fragrance: This cream smells strongly of oranges. Once applied, the fragrance fades immediately. There is no shimmer in this product. It’s a medium-weight lotion that blends easily and stays put throughout the day.
Quick reminder of my skin type & concerns: Dry. My biggest concerns are discolorations and dullness. And of course, I want to prevent any future damage with a high SPF.
My experience: I’ve used this product daily for more than two months now. In the morning I do my regular routine (wash, tone and serum) but instead of using my usual moisturizer, I use this BB Cream as a replacement for my moisturizer and sunscreen. If I am to go outside during the day for an extended period of time, I do apply a sunscreen or I reapply this product (which you should do with any product, sunscreen needs to be reapplied to be effective).
The shade Medium looks very natural on me. I didn’t expect that as my skin is rather fair with warm undertones. But, this color blends nicely into my natural complexion.
The finish is natural but does provide more coverage than all of the tinted moisturizers that I’ve used in the past. I applied concealer under the eyes after applying this and I felt I didn’t need any more coverage. I’m very pleased with the finish. And the color lasts throughout the day.
When I buy skincare products for daily use, I look for a product with titanium dioxide since it provides broad-spectrum protection and my skin tends to react better to it. Titanium dioxide is the active ingredient in this BB Cream and this is a plus for me.
I can’t comment on the anti-aging qualities of this product. I do not have sagging skin or deep wrinkles. Plus, I’ve only used it for a short time.
Overall, this is a great product for my skin and I’ll most likely repurchase. It really is my foundation and a moisturizer all in one. And at this price, that’s a deal as the foundation that I usually use is $60 a bottle (1 fl oz.) and the moisturizer I usually use is $25 (2 fl oz). I can’t be a skeptic anymore. I really like this simplification of my beauty routine with a BB Cream.
Who may like this BB Cream? I like that this BB Cream comes in 5 shades. The shades do run warm but at least they have more than 3 shades. You may like this cream if you are looking for a BB Cream with more coverage. And you may like it you are looking for something with a physical sunscreen like titanium dioxide.
Who may not like this BB Cream? Those that dislike skincare that has any scent. I think this could work on most skin types excluding excessively oily or excessively dry. I don’t see it providing enough moisture for very dry skin types (I’ll need something richer in the winter).
The 1.5 oz tube of Hydroxatone BB Cream is available at Ulta and retails for $39.
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