The famous flesh-colored fluids – BB Cream & CC Cream you see on the shelves of a departmental store are the potential skin-perfecting options available out there. But what do they do exactly and what’s the difference between both of these. Let us break it down for you.
BB cream (short for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm) first gained popularity in East Asia over 10 years ago. BB cream is basically an all-rounder which has primer, moisturizer, SPF, anti-ageing properties and foundation to it. This means you can skip a few beauty steps & get away with using just a beauty balm, when you’re in a hurry.
These creams are formulated with skin-care benefits but offer pretty light coverage – so look at them like an addition to your makeup collection, rather than picking them up as an alternative to some of your already tried & tested favorites.
Most BB creams tend to be oilier than CC creams as they are focused more on hydrating dry skin, thus not always recommended for oily skin. But there are BB creams available in the market that are specially formulated for oily skin. They are a great option when you do not want a ton of coverage yet still wanna look put-together.
People tend to confuse tinted moisturizers with beauty balms. The difference between these two is quite subtle – While tinted moisturizers are just moisturizers that offer only a hint of coverage, BB creams offer skin care benefits like skin protection, hydration, shine control depending on the formula you use.
How to apply:
- Take a pearl size amount of BB cream on your finger.
- Apply it in little sections over your bare face and then you may set it with a setting powder. Try to avoid your eyes & the lip area.
- Gently blend it in with your fingers. (Using fingers make it easier to blend as the texture of BB creams is very soft since they already contain moisturizer and we generally don’t need a brush to apply a moisturizer or a primer.)
The initials stand for “color correction”. CC creams usually provide a little more coverage cause they are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (pale-yellowish complexion). Such creams contain all the benefits of that of a BB cream plus color correcting ingredients that helps improve overall skin complexion.
They have more of a whipped, fluffy feel & finish and are much lighter in texture and are less oily than BB creams. The matte finish of CC creams makes it suitable for those with shiny or greasy skin.
They do offer more coverage than BB creams, so if you do have areas that need more coverage or if you’ve got any unevenness on the skin, CC cream is the better option. To apply CC creams, follow the above mentioned steps.
If you’re still struggling to find the right BB/CC creams for you. Here are just a few of our recommendations: