Korean BB Glow Treatment

We all struggle with uneven skin  tone. It seems like an endless battle against aging, hormones, UV rays,  and stress, which all impact the vibrancy of our skin. As much as we  don’t like to wear makeup, we’d feel worse being in public without covering our flaws and blemishes. 

What is the Korean BB Glow Treatment?

BB Glow is one of the latest  anti-aging beauty innovations from South Korea. It’s a semi-permanent  foundation for your face. It uses scientifically proven nano needling  technology to safely infuse nutrient-rich tinted BB cream into the top  layer of your skin. This treatment will provide light to medium coverage  to camouflage all your facial imperfections – including  hyperpigmentation, redness, dark circles and large pores. Everyone will  think that you naturally have perfect skin and BB Glow can be your  little secret.

What are the benefits of the BB Glow Treatment?

  1. BB Glow will instantly and perfectly even out all your blemishes and discolorations. It’s a perfect way to  have amazing skin for special events like your wedding or birthday.
  2. BB Glow is  not only great at covering up your facial skin flaws, it will also  hydrate your skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the appearance  of under-eye dark circles, and reduce blackheads and clogged pores. 
  3. BB Glow is also great for people with rosacea, to help cover up redness and broken capillaries.
  4. BB Glow  does not rub or wash off. So, you can sweat, shower and swim all you  want. At the end of the day, you will still have that amazing glowing  and flawless skin.
  5. BB Glow is  also good for your skin. The BB cream that’s infused into your skin  contains many anti-aging ingredients, vitamins and antioxidants that  will keep your skin healthy and youthful. 
  6. BB Glow will not clog your pores and cause breakouts as the pigment is inside your skin versus sitting on top of your pores.
  7. BB Glow is  great for those who, despite having tried all the latest anti-aging  technologies, still are not able to remove stubborn spots. Now, BB Glow  can safely camouflage imperfections and provide flawless skin.

Who are good candidates for BB Glow?

Good candidates include people with:

  • Dull, uneven skin texture
  • Freckles
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Post acne scars
  • Age spots and sun spots
  • Early aging and lax skin
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

What are some contraindications?

BB Glow is not recommended for those with the following conditions:

  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Skin cancer
  • Skin disease
  • Active infections or open wounds
  • Accutane or any medication for the same purpose within the past 6 months
  • Individual intolerance or allergies to the ingredients
  • Patients with melanoma or other skin lesions
  • injectable fillers within the last 2 weeks
  • Patients on blood thinners
  • Patients who are immunosuppressed due to potential for increased post needling infection

Proceed with caution if any of these apply to you:

  • History of  cold sores or fever blisters. Taking an anti-viral medication may help  to avoid a possible breakout. The medication should be used 2 days  before and 2 days after treatment.
  • Smoker (due to lipid peroxidation)
  • Uncontrolled diabetes, as potential delayed wound healing may increase risk of secondary infection post needling
  • Keloid or raised scars
  • Active acne breakouts

Is BB Glow safe?

BB Glow is very safe as it uses a  nano needling technology and does not go deep in the skin. Also, all the  BB serums are free of parabens, fragrances, alcohol and allergens.

What are the potential side effects of BB Glow?

Side effects are very rare when done  by a certified professional. Potential side effects are minor and can  include pain, redness, pinpoint bleeding, temporary hyperpigmentation  and infection.

How is BB Glow performed at Serenity MedSpa?


  1.  Cleansing – A cleanser is chosen based on skin type and applied to the face, neck and decollete to remove any surface oils or debris. 
  2. Exfoliation – Stayve Derma  White Exfoliating Gel is used to gently clean your pores and remove dead  skin cells, which signifcantly improves your skin texture and color and  aids in the absorption of active ingredients. 
  3. Neutralization – Stayve  Derma White Neutralizing Foam is applied, left on for few minutes and  removed to restore the skin’s pH balance, reduce redness, moisturize and  improve skin tone. 
  4. Carboxy Gel Therapy – Unlike  most other offices, we add on Carboxy Therapy before BB Glow to prepare  the skin and optimize the results. (This step will be discussed further  below.)
  5. Meso Serum (transparent) –  This is another extra step added on to enhance your results. Using nano  needling, we infuse a transparent meso serum to create more collagen,  brighten and hydrate the skin.
  6. BB Glow Serum (serum with foundation) – The BB Serum shade that best matches your skin tone is infused into  the skin with the nano needles and left on for 15 minutes.

  1. Mask – A fabric mask is placed over the BB Serum to keep it from drying out and to provide extra hydration and soothe the skin.
  2. LED Light Therapy – LED  light therapy is also performed for 15 minutes with the mask on the skin  to enhance the results. (This will also be discussed more later.)

9. Product removal – The mask and the product is removed after 15min.

10. Stayve Repair Cream – Stayve Repair Cream is applied as the final step. The cream helps to soothe and restore the treated skin.

What kinds of BB Serums are used?

Two types of serums are used for BB Glow treatments: 

  1. Meso Serums – These serums are transparent and do not have color.
  2. BB Serums – These serums have color and are used for camouflage. 

There are several well-known brands  that are used for BB Glow treatments. These serums vary in color,  consistency and active ingredients. The most popular and most well-known  brand is Stayve. Stayve serums work well as they have very potent  active ingredients and botanical extracts as well as medical-grade  peptides and growth factors. Stayve serums are suitable for all skin  types and work well for anti-aging and rejuvenation. 

Derma White Ampoule (Stayve) –  This serum is highly effective at camouflaging hyperpigmentation,  brightening skin tone and improving skin texture due to its high  concentration of active ingredients like Niacinamide, 13 botanical  extracts, and epidermal growth factors. This serum also leaves skin  hydrated and dewy.

Benefits of Stayve Derma White BB Cream:

  • Reduces the appearance of acne scarring, freckles and hyperpigmentation
  • Increases collagen synthesis 
  • Helps skin to retain moisture
  • Improves brightness and elasticity
  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Reduces skin discoloration
  • Reduces appearance of pores
  • Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Balances color and tone, while reducing the appearance of age spots
  • Protects skin’s surface from free radical damage with antioxidants.

Is there any downtime after BB Glow?

You may resume your routine as soon  as you finish. However, if you have sensitive skin, you may experience  temporary irritation, tightness and redness for 1-2 days. Some people  may experience mild peeling around the nose and mouth, particularly if  they have dehydrated skin.

What is the aftercare?

  • During the first 24 hours, do not wash your face or use any moisturizers or makeup. 
  • Mineral make up and sunscreen (SPF 50) may be applied the following day. 
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure for 2 weeks. If you are outdoors, sunscreen with SPF 30 should be worn every 2 hours.
  • No sauna, baths or swimming for 1 week
  • No scrubs or exfoliators for 1 week
  • No strenuous exercise for 1-2 days.
  • Do not use harsh soaps or scrubs or heavy skin care products on the face for 1 week.

How long does BB Glow last? How many treatments are recommended?

The great thing about BB Glow is that  you will see immediate results. If you are a first-timer, the results  can last 3-7 days. All first-timers should come back for a for a 2nd session in about two weeks to get further coverage. 

To maximize the effectiveness of BB  Glow, it’s recommended that you start with a series of 3-4 treatments,  once every 2-4 weeks. After the initial series, the results of your BB  Glow treatment can last up to 4 months or longer. With proper  maintenance, the effect can last even longer.

How long does the BB Glow treatment take?

At Serenity MedSpa, to enhance your  results, we pretreat the skin with Caroboxy Gel Therapy. After your BB  Glow treatment, we finish off the treatment with the LED light therapy.  The entire treatment takes around 1.5 hours.

What is the skin science behind BB Glow?

There are two types of aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.

Intrinsic aging is determined by  genetics. Extrinsic aging is determined by external factors, such as sun  exposure and lifestyle. The majority of aging is extrinsic. Factors  that contribute to extrinsic aging include poor nutrition, drinking,  smoking, medications and poor skin care regimen. 

Skin needling is an effective way to  treat extrinsic skin aging by providing skin rejuvenation. Micro  injuries caused by needling stimulate wound healing with release of  various growth factors, proliferation of fibroblasts and laying down of  intercellular matrix.

It has been documented that skin  treated with four microneedling sessions, one month apart, can increase  collagen and elastin deposition by 400% with a thickened stratum  spinosum. Skin fibroblasts are responsible for the production of  collagen, elastin and glycosaminiglycans. GAGs are a natural moisture  factor, most commonly known as hyaluronic acid, which creates a fluid  filled space between the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis. 

It’s important to be knowledgeable about the anatomy of skin to understand how the BB Glow treatment works.