First developed in Korea, BB and CC creams have been making tidal waves in the beauty industry over the past year. But what do they actually do, what do they stand for, and which should you be using? If you feel like you’re drowning in an ocean of alphabet soup, you’re not alone!
Here’s how to decipher your dream cream language…
What are they? Short for beauty balm or blemish balm, BB creams are a fusion of makeup and skincare. Best described as half tinted moisturiser, half foundation, they are packed with benefits, as well as SPF.
What do they do? BB creams provide medium coverage, treat and conceal blemishes, even skin tone, moisturise, protect against sun damage, and have a light-reflecting ingredients that gives skin a dewy, luminous glow.
How do you use them? Quick and easy to apply, one application is all you need to give skin a radiant finish. If you have oily skin, skip the moisturiser and use on its own or if you need extra coverage, apply it as a primer before your foundation.
Who should use them? Due to their blemish-busting ingredients and oil-free formulas, BB creams are a great option for those with oily and blemish-prone skin types.
What are they? Jam-packed with vitamins and anti-ageing ingredients, colour correcting creams aka CC creams are more skincare than makeup, and focus on evening out uneven skin tone.
What do they do? Sheerer than a BB cream, CC cream’s primary purpose is to correct colour-related skin issues, such as uneven skintone, dullness, redness and sun spots, while providing protection from UVA and UVB rays and combating signs of ageing.
How do you use them? Hydrating and brightening, CC creams instantly add radiance to your complexion. Apply after moisturiser for a natural look, or before foundation if you need extra coverage.
Who should use them? Lightweight and sheer, packed with complexion perfectors and anti-ageing benefits, CC creams are great for women wanting to even out skin tone, enhance radiance and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
So rubies, are you a BB or CC kinda gal?