BB Cream vs. CC Cream

Tired of Your Beauty Regimen?

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Morning rush hour. After cleansing your face with a toner you need to use a moisturizer, then a spot treatment or concealer under your eyes. The next step is to apply your foundation and then, of course, the blusher. Different brushes for different products. Tired of using multiple products to make your skin glow?
How about having all those products in one easy to use a product? BB, CC or DD cream may be a just great solution for days when you are in a hurry but still want to give your skin a youthful glow. These creams are supposed to do the work of a primer, concealer, moisturizer, foundation, and sunscreen to get the same results. These creams are your one-stop-shop beauty product.

What is BB Cream?

Also known as a beauty or blemish balm, the BB creams are a hybrid between skin care and makeup. These multi-purpose cosmetic products are designed to provide extra hydration, a sheer finish, and come equipped with a decent amount of SPF protection.
BB creams have a lighter finish and offer light to medium coverage. They’re lighter than the foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers. Extra benefits that BB creams are said to have depends largely on the individual formula.
BB creams come in a variety of different formulations. Manufacturers tend to cater to market preferences. Asian markets prefer flawless, lighter skin tones. The skin-whitening properties of the cream are an important element in its popularity. Asian brands have more of a skin brightening/blemish-lightening effect and usually come in one color.
Western markets prefer a healthy looking skin, radiant skin. For western markets, BB creams act like a tinted moisturizer. Many BB creams are formulated to stimulate skin renewal and provide anti-inflammatory effects. BB creams from notable brands also contain potent antioxidant ingredients to protect the damaged skin as well as plant extracts acting as a soothing agent.

What is CC Cream?

CC Creams stand for color correcting creams and have all the same benefits as a BB cream and more. They are said to be the new and improved version of BB Creams. The biggest difference is that CC creams have more pigment and offers more color correcting benefits than BB creams. They are focused on correcting complexion issues and promise to ease redness, darkness, blotchiness dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
CCs creams are rich in pigment-fading ingredients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and ingredients that control oil for and provides a matte finish. These creams also provide all-day moisture and protect against the damaging effects caused by UV rays.

What is DD Cream?

These dermatologically defining BB creams are the latest hybrid skin care/makeup products. These creams claim to retain all the benefits of the BBs and CCs but offer more coverage than BB creams and more anti-aging benefits than CC creams. With continued use, DD creams will deliver noticeable anti-aging benefits. If you’re looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, DD Cream is for you.

Which One is for You?

Choosing between a BB cream or CC cream can be a bit confusing because all brands make their creams differently. The choice should be based on your skin type and your skin care needs. Read the labels and be sure you understand exactly what a BB, CC cream claims to do. To find which one works better for your specific needs, ask for a sample before purchasing if possible. Try before you buy and see how it feels on your skin.

When to Use a BB Cream?

  1. BB Cream is the perfect buy if you need something to conceal slight impurities. When your skin is almost sheer BB Cream is a great alternative to foundations which sometimes feels too heavy on your skin.
  2. If you have acne prone skin, give BB creams a try. These creams are lightweight and allow the skin to breathe, so they are less likely to trigger breakouts. If you have a problem with red pimples, evenly distribute the cream across your whole face and then apply concealer to cover problematic areas.
  3. If you’re going for a natural look BB cream is a better option as it provides sheer coverage and gives a flawless but natural look. It is less noticeable on your skin than a CC cream.
  4. BB cream is the option of choice if you are happy with a quick makeup routine. BB creams were specifically created for the younger consumers who do not have the luxury of the time and need a one-step skin care product to cut their morning beauty routine in half and save space in their make-up bag.

When to Use a CC Cream?

1. Acne Marks
If you have had acne in the past, but still have acne marks, dark spots or other forms of hyperpigmentation, then start with CC creams. CC cream helps to cover up acne scars and red marks without risking clogged pores, and it also can improve your skin tone over time.

2. Discoloration
If you have brown spots, dull skin, or red areas in the face reach for the CC cream. CCs have color correcting properties offering more coverage than BB creams. Brightening botanicals help even out skin tone while color-correcting pigments effectively hide unsightly redness, dark spots, and acne scarring.

3. Aging Concerns

If you have aging concerns and looking for high anti-aging power CC creams tend to have higher concentrations of anti-aging ingredients to protect skin from ageing than BB creams. The blendable consistency of CC cream has more impact on age spots, uneven skin tone and wrinkles than the lightness of a BB cream.

4. Oily Skin

Color Correcting Creams cream usually have a more matte finish and a less oily appearance than BB cream. They will be more effective than BB creams for consumers with combination or oily skin. If you have oily skin and need to control shine, try using a CC cream.

When to Use a DD Cream?

This multi-functional anti-aging beauty balm can primarily be recommended to women who deal with early signs of skin aging and need to hide them. With continued use, DD Creams work to prevent wrinkles and support a healthy, younger-looking complexion.


Disclaimer: This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.


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