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Best Waterproof BB Creams: Get Wet and Love Your Skin!

by Sandy Taylor

Looking to spend a day out in the sun but don’t want to wear foundation? Want to go for a swim but is afraid that the water might make your skin dry? No worries! Waterproof BB Creams to the rescue! In this article, I am going to go over the things that you need to know for choosing a waterproof BB cream. I will also recommend a few of the best ones that I have tried. If you are simply looking to waterproof your own existing BB cream, I will go over the things you need to know in order to do that as well.

Our Picks For The Best Waterproof BB Creams

Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face Mineral Lotion

The Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Face Mineral Lotion is one of the best waterproof BB creams for swimming. It provides sun protection SPF 50 to protect against UVA/ UVB rays and is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. This makes it an ideal BB cream to take with you to the beach. It’s also a chemical-free mineral sunscreen created with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that provides a lightweight matte finish.

This BB cream is hypoallergenic and created with Australian Botanicals such as:

  • Kakadu Plum – Rich in Vitamin C to provide defense against acne bacteria
  • Eucalyptus – Ability to reduce skin surface bacteria and infections
  • Red Algae – Helps to increase skin moisture, elasticity and improve skin smoothness

It’s created free of oxybenzone, paraben, phthalate, PABA, Petrolatum, SLS and dyes. It’s also oil-free and fragrance-free.

There is only 1 tint/color and is best used under your makeup foundation as a primer. However, the tint is light enough even on fair skin. It blends easily and non-greasy or sticky.

It’s a really good BB cream with SPF and it’s definitely worth your time.

Elta MD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum Tinted Facial Sunscreen

The Elta MD UV Physical Broad-Spectrum Tinted Facial Sunscreen is the best drugstore waterproof BB cream. This product is called a “sunscreen” but it’s tinted and provides a lot of skincare benefits that is very similar to a BB cream. This is the reason why it made it onto this list.

This BB cream provides a chemical-free and oil-free mineral sun protection (SPF 41) and is water-resistant for up to 40 minutes. It works well even in humid conditions. It provides antioxidant protection against free radicals associated with ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation (IR).

It’s hypoallergenic and works well on extra-sensitive skin including post-procedure skin. There is only 1 tint to choose but you can wear it under your makeup as a primer. It blends easily and provides a lightweight, non-greasy coverage.

The formula does not contain fragrance, oil, chemical actives, parabens, avobenzone or oxybenzone.

The oil-free formula makes this the ideal waterproof BB cream for oily skin. The formula helps to soak up facial oil throughout the day, providing you with good oil control and beautiful matte finish.

Goddess Garden Organics Tinted Face the Day Tinted Moisturizer

The Goddess Garden Organics Tinted Face the Day Tinted Moisturizer is another great option if you’re looking for a good tinted moisturizer for swimming. This BB cream offers non-greasy SPF 30 sun protection that is vegan, biodegradable and reef-safe.

The formula is created with a special color-adaptive shade that matches a wide range of skin tones. It’s great for color correction and light coverages. This BB cream can be worn alone or under your makeup as a primer. It’s a lightweight formula created with plant-based ingredients such as chicory root to help firm your skin and boost skin collagen production.

This BB cream is certified by the Leaping Bunny. It is cruelty free and chemicals-free. It’s also a good waterproof BB cream for sensitive skin.

BTW, if you’re want to know what the “Leaping Bunny” means as mentioned above, I wrote a guide on common skincare and makeup labels. Check it out if you want to learn more.

Should You Choose a Waterproof BB Cream or Makeup Foundation for Swimming?

When it comes to enjoying life outdoors and taking a swim, we demand cosmetics that don’t budge. Streaking foundation when emerging from the pool isn’t pretty. The invention of waterproof BB cream is genius, because it keeps your makeup base fresh and on your face.

BB creams are user-friendly, lightweight in texture and offer great coverage with a subtle tint. BB creams never feature the appearance of an overly-made up face, and many women prefer this approach for a natural-looking makeup base.

BB cream popularity first began in South Korea and spread rapidly around the world.

When it comes to choosing between a foundation or a BB cream for swimming, the answer is that ” it depends”. How much coverage do you need? Does a BB cream or foundation fit with your makeup routine? What kind of skin type do you have? All of these factors need to be considered before making a decision. For the most part, I often advise my clients that if they are more comfortable with using a foundation, then use a waterproof foundation . If they have been using BB creams, then stick with a waterproof BB cream.

If you prefer to see what the pros think, Lauren from Allure favors the versatility of a waterproof BB creams versus a makeup foundation, because it’s a quick way to add protection from the sun and surf. It’s a non-pore clogging cosmetic for the face when you’re active outdoors.

Lauren applies her waterproof BB cream on top of a strong SPF 50 moisturizer for an extra layer. She believes the thin, “breathable” texture of a BB cream is ideal. It seals the hydration in, without resulting in a caked-on appearance.

The Allure editor believes in BB creams so strongly, that she keeps a travel-size tube of waterproof BB cream with her from May to September.

How Do You Make Your Existing BB Cream Waterproof?

The beauty in the simplicity and feather-light quality of a BB cream, allows it to be layered with other skin care products for greater efficacy. If you don’t have time to purchase a waterproof BB cream, don’t despair, because you can create your own. There are actually 2 ways of doing it and it really depends on the activity that you will be doing. Let me explain:

Waterproofing Your BB Cream for Swimming

If you are going for a swim, the easiest way to waterproof your BB cream is to “seal” it with a waterproof setting spray. The one that I love the most is Model in a Bottle Original Makeup Setting Spray. Apply your makeup like you do normally and then set everything down with this spray. Keep in mind that this product does wear off over time and needs to be reapplied. If you are planning to submerge your face it water, this product will not be able to hold all of your makeup in place. However, its a great product for a quick dip in the pool or if you are looking to splash around at the beach.

Waterproofing Your BB Cream For Sweaty Sports or Activities

Applying primer before your BB cream will help ensure a stay there foundation base. Most makeup artists believe that a decent primer acts as a wonderful “double-sided tape.” When you dive into the pool or lake or ocean, you will rise to the top in great makeup shape.

Another excellent product to pair with your BB cream for waterproof effectiveness is a mineral-based powder.

Best of all, a layer of mineral powder over your BB cream is still like a wispy feather. It won’t clog pores, will provide some SPF and still remain water-proof. In addition, mineral powder is packed with naturally pure ingredients, so it’s complexion-friendly.

Mineral powder layered over BB cream is perfect for women of all skin types, and there is no age limit on who can wear this amazing makeup combination. The finely powdered texture is light-reflective, which shows off bone structure and hides skin imperfections.

BB cream layered with mineral powder will still provide that beautiful light coverage many women prefer when spending time outdoors. You can have fun in the water with a sure-proof, do-it-yourself makeup barrier.

How to Choose a Waterproof BB Cream for Your Skin Type

There are a variety of waterproof BB creams to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about not finding the proper product for your complexion needs. If you’ve never applied a BB cream, here’s a delightful demo from a YouTube makeup guru called TheTinyFox. She shows you how a woman with very fair skin and a splash of freckles can achieve a smooth, even makeup base.

Online makeup demonstrations are valuable before purchasing a new product. We can observe the technique for application and how the product actually looks on a real person’s skin. There is nothing better than “up close and personal.”

In selecting a waterproof BB cream, choose the proper one for your skin type and decide on the layer of coverage desired. Every BB cream has been designed for a key purpose. Heavier formulas are made with nourishing built-in minerals, creating a dewy look for those with dry complexions or mature skin care needs.

There are also BB creams made specially for our oilier-complected and combination-complected ladies. These ingredients might include salicylic acid or niacinamide or even “mattifying” minerals to keep pores ultra-clear and shine away for hours. Coverage is still full in a light-weight base.

Some BB creams offer a universal shade, such as one color fits all. Of course, that isn’t always the case, but you can try on a few brands to come as close to your natural complexion as possible.

Look for waterproof BB creams that feature a number of different shades. These are similar to liquid foundations in warm tints and cool tints. These formulas offer a wide range, from the palest ivory to the deepest mahogany, for example.

Waterproof BB creams and swimming go together perfectly. Take the plunge.

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