Korean Skin Tricks: Move Over BB Cream Here’s The PP
Move Over BB Cream Here’s The PP
Korea is a hot bed of inspiration for the beauty world. Especially when it comes to skincare. Korea saw the first BB creams and Korean skincare is known for its exceptionally light, lovely textures. Beautiful skin is a pre-requisite for Korean women and I’m told critical if they are to marry well (that’s what they say). And in pursuit of flawless perfection, their skincare routines are legendary to those in the know.
‘They will use 10 to 15 products morning and evening, and not necessarily the same products,’ says Katalin Berenyi, founder of Erborian a French-Korean skincare brand. They will also, she says, have skin peels to achieve a flawless glowing romance-inducing gleam. The problem with peels is the down time, skin reddens and flakes, so what to do in the mean time? There began the BB story.
The original BBs were designed to treat sensitive skin after the onslaught of a fruit acid peel. They were little problem solvers, skin smoothing salves for a reddened complexion. So they were loaded with soothing skincare ingredients and fine corrective powders to even out redness and deliver a smooth, more even look to the skin. Then thanks to how good the BB creams made women’s skin look, peel or no peel, and how light and un-foundation-y it felt, it became popular anyway.
Erborian (a top selling pharmacy brand in France, gathering interest among beauty insiders in the UK and now on its way to the US) was, its founder tells me, the first to bring the BB to the UK. Garnier followed and the rest as they say, is history. Now BBs are two a penny (and don’t get me onto the CCs and now people, the PPs). Some BBs are better and more suited to more typically western skin tones than others, which can look ashy on.
Garnier’s are good, so too Bobbi Brown’s. I have just tried a new one from L’Occitane which arrives in store in March – Immortelle BB. It has a good level of coverage whilst looking natural, it leaves skin semi-matte – not shiny or greasy, so polished – and has a fresh, green plant-y smell. It comes in three shades, so room still for medium to dark skin tones, but pale to medium are covered.
And so to PP cream. What is it? ‘It’s a hybrid, both skincare and a primer with a subtle line-blurring finish,’ says Berenyi. ‘Its pink tint also gives you a glow like you’ve just come out of the shower,’ she says. Erborian has come up with the first. And yes, you can use it as a light moisturiser (good for warmer months, not enough for the cold), but it is better as a primer with its light skin smoothing texture and a pink tint to add radiance.
If you are lucky enough not to need much foundation this alone will add light and leave your skin pretty lovely. If you do, I have found a thin layer on top adds a youthful bloom. It’s available in the UK in July, meantime Make Up Forever, a brand I have long respected for its professional quality has a pink-tinted primer which has got the thumbs up from the Pixiwoo girls. Try mixing a little with a light moisturiser for a ‘PP’ effect.