Beauty Buzz

Unless you've been living in a cave, you've likely heard the term B.B. Cream by now.

But what exactly is this breakthrough beauty product?

The idea originated in Asia, where "B.B." stood for "blemish balm" or "beauty balm", and the cream had a host of regenerating properties, not only addressing a range of skin concerns, but also providing light coverage and sun protection. You want it, right? We thought so. Here are some of the top incarnations of this beauty innovation, now available in North America:

1. ESTEE LAUDER'S DAYWEAR B.B. MULTI PERFECTING BEAUTY BENEFIT CREAM is a multi-purpose formula. The oil-free, lightweight solution provides skin with sun protection and sheer coverage while controlling oil and boosting the skin's natural glow. The cream consists of a blend of balanced hydrators and barrier-boosting lipids that help supply deep moisture and sun protection to combat signs of aging. ($45, at Estee Lauder counters across Canada; esteelauder.ca)

2. BOSCIA recently introduced B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++. It covers-up imperfections, hydrates, firms and heals skin, and also maintains the skin's moisture balance, reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines and correcting uneven skin tones. All that, with UVB protection to shield skin from sun damage. ($38, at Sephora; bosciaskincare.com)

3. VICHY NEOVADIOL LUMIERE is specifically formulated for women in their 50s, or menopausal skin. It combines all the benefits of traditional B.B. cream with a combination of growth-stimulating factors that encourage tissue reconstruction and increase the density of mature skin. Plus, the subtle skin pigments provide a healthy, natural-looking glow for all skin tones. ($44, in the dermocosmetic section of drugstores and pharmacies across Canada)