Makeup and skincare industries recently sparked a trend by introducing BB and CC creams, which provide skin with a foundation-style finish as well as sun protection. It’s important to know the basics about each before making a decision on which product works best for your skin.
The crowd-pleasing Asian import, fully named “Beauty Balm,” hit the industry by storm. A current US favorite by makeup artists and beauty gurus, BB cream is well known for providing SPF protection and antioxidants to the skin. Drugstore brands, such as Maybelline and Garnier, as well as high-end classics like Laura Geller and Clinique, have incorporated their own unique twist on this do-it-all product. If you feel that tinted moisturizer is too light or foundation is too heavy, this is the product for you.
The newly launched “complexion corrector” has been a hit, from brands such as Smashbox and Almay. The product is said to “be lighter on the skin [than a BB cream]…more of a whipped, light, fluffy feel and finish-kind of the new and improved BB,” according to makeup artist Nico Guilis. Many CC creams only provide the SPF benefit in their product, compared to BB creams, which provide both SPF and antioxidants. The most rewarding feature of CC creams is their ability to cover and conceal compared to their BB cream competition.
Both BB and CC creams are designed to replace the use of serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunscreen. They are helpful for girls on the go and for those looking to simplify their makeup routine. The variety of shades available from both types of products is limited to between four and six, so the ability to mix and match for a perfect shade is much less versatile compared to foundation.
Although both products contain SPF, they should not be substituted for sunscreen. Since the formulas are tinted, many women will opt to use less of the product as to not look “orange;” therefore, they may not be receiving adequate amounts of SPF needed to protect the skin. The best bet is to use a sunscreen designed for use on the face (after cleansing and before applying product) for proper sun protection.
Overall, the main- yet subtle- difference between the two creams is their amount of coverage. The prices, shade variety and SPF value of each is practically equal. So if you’re looking to cover acne scars, dark marks, redness or existing blemishes, choose a CC cream. If your main concern is simply using a product easier to apply than foundation that will also provide benefits and a bit of coverage, stick with a BB cream instead.