Cindy Hatcher Cindy Hatcher
November 14, 2013

Beauty balms (aka BB creams) are all-in-one magical potions that help you skip several prep steps and go straight to beautiful skin.

TO KEEP COVERAGE ON THE SHEER SIDEMaybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9, maybelline.com) An oil-free, lightweight gel formula (it's actually 70% water!) makes for easy application and sheer coverage. Available in five glow-enhancing shades, each with SPF 30.

TO DISCOURAGE DARK SPOTSPond's Luminous Finish BB+ ($10, ponds.com) Immediately disperses pigments to cover dark spots, but also helps gradually even out skin tone after two weeks. Its thick formula hydrates dry skin, and SPF 15 shields skin from future spot development.

FOR YOUNGER-LOOKING SKINGarnier Anti-Aging BB Cream ($13, garnier.com) Meant to maximize anti-aging benefits, this option contains powerful ingredients like pro-xylane to keep skin moisture-filled and wrinkles smoothed. SPF 15 coverage available in two shades.

FOR A SMOOTH FINISHPhysicians Formula Super BB All-in-One Beauty Balm ($15, physiciansformula.com) White willow bark extract is a natural exfoliator and skin brightener in this SPF 30 formulation, which comes in two shades. It's blendable and long-wearing.

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