First there was AA (anti-ageing) then BB (blemish balm) made some noise, and shortly after CC (colour correcting) came along. Alphabet game aside, here, we break down the key differences between BB and CC creams.
BB, which is short for blemish balm or beauty balm, first originated in Korea. A hybrid of makeup and skincare, at its bare bones a BB Cream is not too dissimilar to a tinted moisturiser but the difference is it’s packed with tonnes of skin benefits and SPF. BB creams can even out skin tone, smooth and hydrate the skin, protect against sun damage and even have a light-reflecting component that makes skin look luminous and dewy.
CC creams on the other hand are similar to a BB cream – they often contain anti-oxidants and vitamins C and E too – but CC’s focus more on colour correcting redness, pigmentation and sallowness. Some CC creams even focus on mattifying oily skin. Lighter in consistency, a CC cream also features sun protection. If you have dull lacklustre skin, are prone to redness or have hyper pigmentation, a CC cream is for you.
Dr Brandt CC Mat, $50
Max Factor CC Cream, $19.95
Olay Regenerist CC Cream, $49.99
Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream, $52.95
Stila CC Cream, $64