The Difference Between a BB Cream and a CC Cream

BB Cream: Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm are two ways to describe this multi-purpose skin care product. Hailing from Asia, a BB cream is lighter than foundation, but thicker than a tinted moisturizer. The purpose of the product is to even out skin tone and correct blemishes. With many brands carrying BB creams the one consistency is that they are packed with antioxidant benefits as well as SPF. It’s a powerhouse for the skin, cutting out the multiple steps of applying serums, primers, and moisturizers. The main goal is prevention and maintenance.

CC Cream: Color or Complexion Correction explains this acronym in the makeup world. This product is lighter than a BB Cream and a foundation, however, it offers more coverage than a BB Cream. It is good for evening out sallow skin tones, age spots, and redness as it contains light diffusing particles. CC Creams are meant to conceal and have been found to work well as a primer underneath a foundation.

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Both BB and CC Creams offer only a limited array of color choices, while traditional foundations offer a variety of shades. Depending upon the skin concern of the individual will be the deciding factor when choosing BB over CC. Both creams offer a more natural coverage and the finish depends on the particular brand chosen.