BB Creams VS CC Creams
I have to admit, I’m a BB and CC Cream junkie. But probably not for the reasons you would think one would love them.
What are BB and CC Creams?
Depending on where you are in the world, BB stands for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm” and CC is “Color Correction” or “Color Control”.
BB’s were created by a dermatologist in Germany in the 60’s for patients who had undergone laser procedures. In the mid 80’s they became wildly popular in Japan and Korea. They’re typically mineral and Vitamin C rich products that not only cover, but treat skin blemishes such as sun spots, age spots, and even acne. Many contain hyaluronic acid and claim to have anti-wrinkle, anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the skin.
In the Asian markets, the colors were very limited and often too grey for Westerners. Now, nearly every well known cosmetic company in the world has gotten on the band-wagon and come out with their version of the BB Cream. Many of them offer better color choices (though still limited in range) for those of us with fairer complexions.
BB Creams vs CC Creams
BB creams are basically a primer, foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen and anti-aging cream all in one convenient little tube. They give a dewy finish and are best suited for normal and dry skin.
CC creams are very similar to BB’s, in that they are also a primer, foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, and anti-aging cream all in one, but CC’s have a brightening primer and are oil free and give a little more coverage with a matte finish. CC’s are better suited for those who tend to have oily or acne prone skin.
Having said all that, I have not, and would not, trade my moisturizer and serums for either. And here’s why; many, if not most, have silicone in them and, because of that, they lay on top of the skin rather than absorb into it.
While you may get some benefit, you won’t get anything near what you would by using a good serum and moisturizer.
Benefits of Using BB and CC Creams
So why do I like them? Because they reduce the steps in my makeup routine and they offer a light/sheer coverage that I can’t always find in foundations.
Foundations, even those that are supposed to be a light coverage, are much heavier on my skin than BB’s and CC’s. I’ve never been a fan of the way foundations feel on my skin (or look, for that matter) and haven’t worn them very often since my early 20’s. When I did wear them, I would often sheer them out with my moisturizer to give them a lighter coverage.
And I believe that has helped my skin age as well as it has because, even at 43, I still don’t need the heavy coverage of a traditional foundation. Aside from a little redness on my cheeks (that I actually like because it’s looks like a natural blush) I just need something that evens out skin tone, not covers it.
BB creams, and now CC’s, do that beautifully and I don’t have the added steps of putting on an SPF or primer. And, even though they aren’t going to absorb into my skin like my serums, I’ll still get the full benefit of the SPF and some additional benefits from all the other great skin care products they have in them.
Have you tried BB or CC Creams? What do you think of them and which brand is your favorite?