BB Cream For Men
Two of my female colleagues are obsessed with Cat Marnell. In fact, the only reason I know who she is, is because they won’t shut up about her and xoJane.com. Did I mention I work for a men’s magazine?
A few weeks ago, they discovered a new skincare product called BB cream (BB = Beauty Balm) after reading about it on, where else, xoJane. The cream originated in South Korea where it was first used to treat laser surgery patients’s scars and imperfections. Well, if a cream can correct post-surgical skin, surely it could take care of my colleagues’ “blotchy skin.” (Note that these were their words, not mine. I know they’re reading this and I ain’t no fool.)
When the girls showed up to work with BB cream on, we all noticed the difference. Their skin looked airbrushed, even and, yes, less blotchy. It worked so well that one day, one of the girls didn’t apply the cream and when she asked me if I noticed a difference, I replied honestly: “yes.” Because it worked so well on them, I decided to try this all-in-one beauty secret for myself.
BB Cream For Men
First of all, BB cream for men doesn’t exist in North America — it might not exist anywhere for all I know. It’s located in the skincare aisle of your local drugstore. Here’s the thing: The whole “for men” shtick is generally a bunch of shit. Sure, some products are specially formulated for a man’s body, say, a deodorant stick, but more often than not these gender differences have more to do with positioning and sales. That’s because a lot of dudes aren’t going to roll up to the skincare aisle and pick up, say, a bottle of BB cream. If it had the words “for men” plastered on the package and were sitting discretely near the wall of condoms, that would be another story (are you taking notes, Garnier?). Newsflash: Using a skincare product marketed to women ain’t going to make you a woman. Duh.
Name: Garnier Skin Renew, Miracle Skin Perfector (in Medium/Dark)*
Size: 75 ml
What it promises: Renews radiance, brightens complexion, evens skin tone and blurs imperfections, hydrates for 24 hours
Amount needed to cover my face (not including my beard): A penny-size amount
BB Cream: The Bad
Check out my pictures. See the difference? Neither do I. Well, what I really mean is that my colleagues had more of a dramatic before-and-after effect, whereas mine is much more subtle. I wouldn’t say it renewed my radiance (whatever that means), and it didn’t brighten my complexion (though it looks like it did on this girl).
BB Cream: The Good
It does even out my skin tone and minimizes my blemishes. The hydration aspect is aight — if you’re looking for a proper moisturizer, this definitely isn’t it. Also, the Medium/Dark shade is pretty much exactly my skin tone, so no weirdness in color to report. The good here is actually the bad. Here’s why: Even though I think the gender difference companies make in marketing their products is a big whack attack, what is important is that a guy looks natural. I don’t want to look like I’ve applied something on my face; I just want to look good, you know? So, in that sense, this product does work.
It’s good, but I could live without it.
Have you tried it? Let me know: SachinBhola@hotmail.com
*This product is only available in Light and in Medium/Dark. Don’t get me started on that…