Monday Obsession: James Read BB Cream Self Tanner

BB cream just got better.


BB cream, the all-in-one beauty product we borrowed from the beauty geniuses in East Asia, just became even more inclusive—it now packs in a self tanner, too. If you’re like me and find getting your face as tan as the rest of of your body damn near impossible, this is a godsend.

First, a BB cream synopsis: the product both treats blemishes and covers them with a consistency similar to tinted moisturizer. The caveat is that most BB creams pack in anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, too. 

That’s why this iteration by James Read available at Rescue Rittenhouse caught our attention. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, this one also includes a self tanner and contains anti-aging Co-Enzyme Q10, cell-renewing Red Algae and hydrating Hyaluronic Acid.

Here’s how to use it according to Rescue Spa:

  • After  cleansing, rub an ice cube over your skin to seal pores, then pat skin dry – wipe the brush with a tissue after use
  • Apply with the brush. To make sure color is seamless, buff into the hairline and down onto the neck
  • Exfoliate regularly to ensure color remains even

It also comes with a click-base and brush applicator which makes it super convenient to use during travel this summer. And more importantly, use it to help match an over-exfoliated face with an overly tanned body—which is how I’ll be using it. Once your skin is glowy shade of bronze, all those good-for-you ingredients are really just a bonus.