One of the biggest new trends in beauty is BB and CC creams for the skin. Choosing one can be a bit confusing, and a lot of ladies have been asking me what the real difference is in the BB cream vs. CC cream debate. The initials “BB” stand for “beauty balm.” These products are multitaskers: a non-brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one, with built in anti-aging properties. A “CC” cream stands for “color corrective” and contains a skin brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients and sometimes collagen boosters. The BB cream tends to be a bit heavier and better for dry skin, with a focus on prevention and maintenance, while the CC cream tends to be a tad lighter (so better for acne-prone skin) and focuses on concealing existing issues.
These new formulas are basically a pumped up version of tinted moisturizers with added benefits. They are a quick fix to give your skin a boost, but I don’t think they have as much impact as applying a separate serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. They don’t cover up skin’s imperfections as well as using a proper foundation, and they don’t come in many shades, but I still love to wear them to the gym as a fast and easy, one-step way to get all the goods in one easy go. To apply them, use your fingers to lightly blend a dab of your cream of choice all over the face, including on the eyelids. For my trips to the gym, I apply the cream, skip powder, and just sweep on a little black mascara and a lip balm, and I’m out the door.
Struggling to find the right BB or CC for you? Here are just a few of our recommendations…
For oily skin: Benefit Cosmetics The Big Easy Liquid to Powder SPF 35, $38, benefitcosmetics.com
For blemish-prone skin: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm, $36, sephora.com
For aging skin: Philosophy Hope in a Jar A To Z Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20, $38, philosophy.com
For fair skin: Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 in Ivory, $36, tartecosmetics.com
For dark skin: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 in Rich, $44, bobbibrowncosmetics.com
For sun protection: Kate Somerville IllumiKate CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++, $48, katesomerville.com
Read more: The Best BB Cream For Your Skin