I’ve been asked a qarter of a billion times about the difference between CC cream and BB cream. And if they’re even worth it. Since I’m not above self promotion, I figured I’d explain it on here, so whenever someone asks me- I can just send them right over!
Now, keep in mind that not all brands are created equal. They don’t all offer the same benefits. And like all makeup- one size does not fit all. Your best bet is to try products at stores with good return policies. Sephora, MAC, Target, and a couple of drug stores will allow returns on used products. Unfortunately- you have to be your own guinea pig.
With all that said- We’ll start alphabetically
BB Cream. (Beauty Balm, and occasionally called Blemish Balm) BB Cream is essentially a tinted moisturizer that’s started a new healthier lifestyle. It contains SPF, and usually skin beneficial antioxidants. BB Cream is also adds a little more coverage than a regular tinted moisturizer but not enough for fuller coverage foundation. Although it does contain a certain amount of SPF, it’s generally not a good idea to skip your facial sun screen if you plan on being in the sun at all. With sunscreen we usually apply it all over the face, neck, ears, and chest. Due to the actual pigment in a BB cream you’re less likely to apply it to those same areas, leaving them vulnerable to harmful SPF rays. Because the BB cream is less opaque, you can usually get away with using it over your sun screen on the days you don’t want to actually wear foundation. Especially now that Summer is just about here. Its a great alternative to wearing a full face to the pool/beach/lake.
CC Cream (Color Correcting)
The name says it all. CC Cream usually has all of the same benefits as a BB cream (although usually offers less coverage/pigment) it does focus more on color correcting issues. CC cream is great for people with dull, red, or skin with dark spots. CC Cream also focuses more on long term correction. So not only are you correcting skin discoloration issues immediately, a good CC cream is packed with vitamins and ingredients that can treat and fade skin issues.
Both the CC and BB cream can be used as a sort of skin primer. (under your foundation).
So if you were to ask me which one you should purchase I would have to say “it depends”.
Which it really does. On a daily basis I would use my CC cream under my foundation to help even out my skin tone, and even on days when I’m just around the house -makeup free. I would definitely use the BB cream on those days where you just don’t want a ton of makeup on but you also don’t want to sporting blotchy skin!
I guess what I’m saying is- arm yourself with both! Do your research on ingredients. And find which works best for you!