First, there was foundation. Then along came tinted moisturizers (this one gets all the praise!). Now there are BB creams and CC creams, and soon to be DD creams. All these alphabets are confusing me. What’s the difference? Is it just a marketing gimmick? I thought I’d do some research and break it down for me and you. Let’s go!
First up, the BB cream, which stands for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm. The BB cream was originally formulated in the 1960s by a dermatologist in Germany who wanted to protect her patients’ skin after surgery. However, it was only after it was introduced to South Korea and Japan in the mid-80’s that this cream went viral. With Western foundations proving to be too heavy for the Asian market, the BB cream quickly became the must-have product amongst Korean actresses who strongly endorsed the product. If you’re looking for something in between a foundation and tinted moisturizer than the BB cream is perfect for you. As an added bonus, it comes with skin care benefits like SPF (though it shouldn’t replace your traditional sunscreen), hyaluronic acid (great for moisturizing skin) and anti-oxidants like Vitamin C (good for keeping your skin looking young).
The CC cream, also known as Color Control cream was developed in Korea. It was formulated to retain all the goodness of BB creams but with the additional aim of addressing uneven skin tones – redness or sallowness. CC creams usually feel lighter on the skin than a BB cream. You could think of it as the new and improved BB cream. We reviewed Chanel’s CC Cream.
So now you know the main difference between the two. Still, there’s nothing better than trying each out to see which suits your skin and needs. And for those of you who are already using these creams, which are you a fan of – the BB or CC cream? Which brand do you love?