A few months ago on my annual flying visit to England, one item on my shopping list was tinted moisturiser.
I’ve been blessed with satisfactory skin that is self-sufficient and low maintenance, and as a result it receives very little attention. Thus a moisturiser will probably last at least a couple of years. There’s a drawer full of half-used bottles and tubes in the bathroom, but I thought I’d treat myself to a new one, so off I set to Boots.
For twenty minutes I trawled the aisles. Shelves and shelves of every brand; day creams, night creams, neck creams, eye creams, rejuvenating creams, blemish covering creams, wrinkle smoothers, creams to make skin glow, firming creams, peeling products, skin fresheners, skin toners, blushes, non-comedogenic, alcohol-free, two for three, special offers, pure, gentle, hydrating …………….. But of tinted moisturiser, not a blob to be seen.
I made another circuit, scoured the shelves from left to right, right to left, highest to lowest, lowest to highest. How could they not stock such a basic product?
Eventually I had to ask a pretty salesgirl. “Do you not sell tinted moisturiser?”
“Yes, Madame, of course we do. Were you after any particular make?”
“No, anything will do,” I said, not being a fussy person.
She led the way to the shelves I’d searched so thoroughly. “Here you are,” she smiled. “These are our BBs. ”
“What is BB?” I asked.
“Is that the same as tinted moisturiser?”
“Yes, but with lots of other things added – like primer and sunscreen.”
“Oh,” I said, “I see.”
“But,” she went on, “we also have CCs now, if you’d like to see some?”
“What is CC?” I asked.
“It’s like BB, but with added colour corrector,” she explained. “I’ll show you.”
She reached up to a shelf behind her and took down a tube.
“No,” I said hurriedly. “Just two tubes of BB, please.”
I don’t think I’m quite ready for CC yet. By the time I am, I expect it will be JJ, or something similar.