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Great Skin Update! – The ABCs of BB, CC and even DD Creams

Great Skin Update! – The ABCs of BB, CC and even DD Creams
Jamari Hysaw

The Skinny on Skin Creams

You’ve probably noticed them next to the foundations at your favorite makeup store, and increasingly in commercials and magazines, but have always wondered, “what exactly are BB and CC creams?”

 Well, I’ve got the scoop on the latest trends in beauty creams, from BB to DD, as well as other information on cosmetic skincare.

 Before BB and CC creams caught on in the United States, tinted moisturizers were all the rage. These provide moisture and usually SPF protection along with very sheer coverage.

My personal favorite tinted moisturizer is MAC’s Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 . It’s lightweight and sheer enough to wear every day, but it also gives the skin a glowing look and soft feel.

mac_baby_bloom_moisture_tinThe BB cream trend came to the United States from East Asia. Standing for “beauty balm”, BB creams are a one-stop approach to makeup and skincare. They offer more coverage than a tinted moisturizer, and act as a primer, moisturizer, sunscreen and foundation all in one handy tube.

And like most MAC products they have a good range of colors and skin tone choices.

maybellineNeedless to say, BB creams revolutionized the beauty market and are immensely popular. One wide spread favorite is Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream  (maybe she is born with it?). The 8-in-1 “Skin Perfector” promises to blur imperfections, brighten skin, even skin tone, smooth, hydrate, enhance, and act as a sunscreen with SPF 30.

smashbox-camera-ready-bb-cream-spf-35CC creams are viewed as an improvement on the very popular BB cream, but in a way address different skin and makeup desires. CC stands for “color correcting” or “color control” and the creams are usually targeted toward diminishing redness and evening out skin tone. CC creams offer coverage closer to that of a foundation, and is more buildable than a BB cream. More and more women of color seem to be flocking to Smashbox’s Camera Ready CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Dark Spot Correcting . This CC cream guarantees a lightweight product that moisturizes, brightens, and protects like a BB cream, but also fades dark spots over time, and promotes an even skin tone with protection from discoloration.

 Adding to the alphabet-skincare-makeup trend, Julep recently released a DD cream . This “dynamic do-all” cream seems like a combination of BB and CC creams. Promising lightweight, buildable coverage that contains anti-aging benefits, that also primes, protects, and moisturizes.

 With all the added benefits of BB, CC and even DD creams, you might be wondering if this craze will push good, old fashion foundation out of style. I think it wont, as foundations offer the most coverage as well as a wider range of shades. Additionally, these creams are not ideal for oily skin. To combat these downfalls, several makeup artists and YouTube gurus recommend applying the BB or CC cream beneath the foundation for dry and combination skin, and with a layer of sheer powder and foundation for oily skin.

 Have you tried any BB or CC creams? I’d love to hear your opinions.

Jamari Hysaw

Fashion & Beauty Associate