BB, CC, and DD creams are all the rage in the world of skincare and beauty. But it can be difficult knowing what each one does, and which one is right for you. What do all these letters stand for, and what does each one do? Here’s the difference between each one.
The “BB” in BB creams stands for beauty balm. Most BB creams are creamy and moisturizing, and they offer outstanding skin-protecting benefits. BB creams provide sun protection, extra hydration, and light coverage. With use, you’ll notice that your skin is smoother and your skin tone is evener. You’ll also see that your skin appears more dewy and luminous.
The downside is that BB creams don’t usually contain a high concentration of anti-aging ingredients. That’s why it’s important to continue using anti-aging creams in addition to BB creams. Remember to use BB creams sparingly.
The best BB creams you should buy are:
Estee Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit BB Creme
This lightweight BB creme creates an instant, even-toned, healthy look. It delivers high-performance, oil-free hydration and helps to control excess surface oil. What’s more, it contains SPF 35 to protect against premature aging.
Burt’s Bees BB Cream
This BB cream is somewhere between a lightweight foundation and a super-hydrating lotion. It contains noni extract and SPF 15 protection. It also firms, conceals, smoothes, perfects, and illuminates skin while evening skin tone and visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur
This BB cream is specially formulated for oily skin, and it contains a broad spectrum SPF 20. It minimizes the appearance of large pores and covers blemishes. It also absorbs oil for all-day matte even skin using a cutting-edge smoothing mattifier that absorbs 150 times its weight in oil.
The “CC” in CC creams stands for color correcting. CC creams tend to be lightweight and fast-absorbing. They offer medium coverage, and most contain light-diffusing particles to even skin tone plus tons of antioxidants for anti-aging effects. CC creams are lighter than BB creams, and their primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, like redness or dark spots. Almost all CC creams contain SPF to protect against UVA/UVB rays.
The best CC creams you should buy include:
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream
This CC cream has a lightweight formula that instantly color corrects a range of complexion concerns, including redness, dullness, and sallowness for healthy-looking skin. It contains an SPF of 30 and is oil-free.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue
This CC cream combines SPF 30 with the benefits of a BB cream and a CC cream for a radiantly smooth finish. It contains natural ingredients including marine botanicals and mineral electrolytes that hydrate and boost your skin’s natural beauty.
Stila One Step Correct
This innovative CC cream instantly primes, color-corrects, brightens and nourishes skin for a flawless face. The green tone instantly neutralizes redness and conceals blemishes while the lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones for a vibrant, energized look. The peach tone brightens, illuminates and helps diminish the appearance of sunspots.
The “DD” in DD creams stands for dynamic do-all. Most DD creams have a similar texture to BB creams -- they’re creamy and moisturizing. DD creams combine the power and benefits of BB and CC creams with a focus on anti-aging. So if you’re looking for a product that contains SPF and moisturizers to prevent moisture loss along with some color to balance uneven skin tone, then DD creams are for you.
The best DD creams you should buy are:
Dermadoctor DD Cream
This DD cream does it all. It defines, delays, defends, delights, and delivers. This multifunctional corrective anti-aging beauty balm helps support a healthy complexion. It’s mineral-based SPF 30 protects skin from harmful UV rays.
Beauty by Earth Tinted Facial Sunscreen
This lightweight DD cream gives you complete UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection with a sheer finish. It also contains organic aloe vera, organic oils, and extracts for additional skin hydration and anti-aging.
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse DD Cream
This DD cream helps to protect skin from daily pollution and UVA/UVB rays for coverage that lasts up to eight hours. With its light and creamy texture, your skin will be left looking flawless, natural and glowing.
Which alphabet cream is right for you?
Deciding which one of the alphabet creams -- BB, CC, and DD -- is right for you doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s a cheat sheet: If you’re younger and searching for hydration and SPF protection, then a BB cream should meet your needs. But if you’re primarily looking to correct pigmentation issues, reach for a CC cream. If you’re older and wanting anti-aging skincare benefits, then a DD cream is ideal for you.
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- “What is a DD Cream and Why Do You Need One?,” Marie Claire, October 19, 2017.
- “What’s the Difference Between BB, CC, and DD Creams?,” Women’s Health, January 23, 2014.