BB cream craze! Only anti-aging products that really WORK to keep your skin from aging.

Sun protection: BB Creams! The secret to keeping skin from aging and more…

BB creams protect your skin from environmental hazards, such as weather conditions and SUN! These new creams are lighter, broad spectrum and multi-taskers which is a plus! You are left with more time on your hands! You can use them as you would make-up, to cover up flaws and make your skin glow. They now come in a range of tones from very light to dark or tan.

Is there such a thing as over-protection?

I have a very dear friend, let’s call her Carmen. She is older than myself and I used to find intriguing and weird, the way she protected her skin. She wears hats, long sleeves year round and constantly applies sunscreen. Adding to the list: large sun glasses, her car side windows are darkened so the sun won’t shine through and when she enters a room she draws the blinds. You might  think it’s an exaggeration as I used to. 

Lesson learnt

Now, I understand all too well and a tad late, that there is no such thing as over-protection when it comes to skin. I used to wear no sun screen ever, and fry myself three times a week under a tanning bed, the results: Melanoma, lots of sun spots and wrinkles. I now look at Carmen and compare her skin to mine. Hers is flawless and I mean, clear as  porcelain, healthy looking, spotless and not a wrinkle! Oh, yes…. I learnt my lesson and she gave me all the information I needed to understand all about skin protection. The best advice to slowdown the aging process is… Surprise!!! Sunscreen!!! She is a doctor too, so not only is she living evidence but she knows what she is talking about.

BB creams: New and improved sunscreens! My favorites!

BB Clinique Age Defense SPF 30

BB Cream: Clinique Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
SRP: $37.00

BB Cream: Clinique Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 

What I like about this hydrating cream, make-up, skin protector, in other words: mult-tasker, is:

  • The SPF is high, so you don’t have to keep applying it as often.
  • It doesn’t go on white, in fact, it is available in three shades that resemble your skin tone.
  • It acts as a concealer and make-up, evening skin out.
  • Non-greasy feel.
  • Smells great, although it is fragrance free.
  • Easy to apply. Some creams, the higher the protection the thicker they are and harder to apply. This one glides on.

Claims: For all skin types. Lightweight formula contains multi-polarized pigments to enhance skin’s complexion. It provides medium to full coverage to soften imperfections without being too heavy for a naturally flawless look. Skin looks and feels even-toned and softer.

 Available at Clinique counters nationwide and at

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35
SRP $42.00

What I like:

  • Feels light.
  • Glides on and serves as make-up.
  • Smells “beachy”, as her perfume.
  • Having spent a whole day out in the sun, I didn’t get sunburn and my face didn’t look greasy at the end of the day.
  • The color is natural and does conceal imperfections.
  • It’s a year round cream/make-up/sunscreen.
  • Didn’t irritate my skin.
  • On the expensive side but a little goes a long way. Plus, melanoma is way more expensive!


Bobbi’s new BB Cream  SPF 15 balm is a skin care/makeup hybrid that combines moisturizer, treatment, SPF and foundation all-in-one. Gives you a healthy glow, flawless natural finish.

Used over time, it provides brighter, more even skin tone; slows down appearance of fine lines, reduced redness and minimized pores. SPF 35 boosts the formula with daily protection against harmful UVA/UVB rays and environmental hazards.

Available in 5 skin tone shades for all complexions, from very fair to very deep. Its lightweight and buildable.  Blends effortlessly into skin for smooth, natural-looking coverage.

Available: at all Bobbi Brown Nordstrom Counters and at

Don’t forget your hands! The teetotalers!

We often forget our hands and this is what really gives away your age.

My hands through the wringer!

We put our hands through the wringer and forget that this is what we mostly should protect. Exposing them to soaps, detergents and all sorts of chemicals. As my friend Carmen, I have started to protect my hands. I will never have her porcelain hands but I can avoid making them worse by wearing rubber gloves when cleaning, gloves in winter to protect them from the dry, cold weather conditions and from the sun in the summer with moisturizing creams with a good dose of SPF. Age spots are most visible and most commonly appear on hands from over sun exposure and all the above mentioned “crimes”.

What I tried: Clinique Even Better, dark spot correcting hand cream broad spectrum. SPF 15

Clinique Even Better, dark spot correcting hand cream broad spectrum. SPF 15
SRP $35.00


  • Hands felt hydrated.
  • Didn’t feel greasy and sticky as many SPF hand creams do.
  • When exposed to sun I didn’t get sunburnt.
  • Didn’t have to reapply every time I washed my hands, for some reason it seems to stay on!
  • I doubt whether the dark spots will ever disappear but surely it will help avoid faster occurring spots! My take is “prevention”now.
  • After a few days my hands did feel softer.

Claims: ( I totally agree with this one) According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most people can accurately tell a person’s age by viewing only their hands. hands betray a person’s true age.

Using a potent blend of brightening ingredients and moisturizers, NEW Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 effectively diminishes the appearance of dark spots, sun spots and brown spots on hands while defending skin against environmental aggressors.

Even Better Dark Spot Correcting Hand Cream provides nourishment and lasting moisture for up to 8 hours and through at least 2 hand washings. Brightening ingredients penetrate deep within the skin’s surface to visibly diminish the appearance of spots and discoloration. Gentle exfoliators help restore clarity and uniformity in skin tone. Skin’s barrier strength is improved and better able to resist irritation which may cause excess melanin production as a result of inflammatory responses.

Available at Clinique counters nationwide and at

Best anti-aging advice: WEAR SUNSCREEN!!!!

Full disclosure: Neither the author nor SpanglishBeauty received compensation from the brands mentioned in the article. 


Acerca de Laura Carbonell

Language teacher, food, health and empowerment blogger at @vivafifty @OnLifeandHope #socialmedia #influencer Follow me on Twitter at @lauralcbl
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