I toyed with the idea a while ago about writing about BB creams but decided against it when I realized that I had nothing new to add to the discussion. In case you need a recap, BB creams were first developed in Germany but caught on in popularity in South Korea. These creams only started recently appearing in the US market, but it is easy to find one in all price ranges since they’ve become popular very quickly.
In theory I like the idea of BB creams since they are really souped up tinted moisturizers. Not only are they meant to hydrate and provide some coverage (like a light foundation), but they also include added ingredients that can act as a make-up primer and are anti-aging or anti-acne. They also include sun protection though my great fear remains that people think they are getting enough sun protection from a product like this. Always use a separate stand alone sunscreen. Please!
Though it is not labeled a BB cream the one I’ve tried is called Miracle Skin Transformer. I consider it a BB cream since it is a multi-tasker – it is tinted, hydrates, has spf, and contains antioxidants as well. I first discovered it when I received a free sample with a Sephora purchase, and I thought that it made my skin look amazing. A few months later I bought a travel size at Sephora. Interestingly enough now that I have the product at home I don’t quite like it as much as I did when I had the sample. I can’t figure out what would have changed about the product and how it looks on my face, but something did change. Not that it looks bad, simply my skin doesn’t look as fresh or dewy as it did when I applied the product from the sample. Nonetheless I still think it is a good product.
Still trying to wrap your head around BB creams? (Pssst, we’ll help you out. They’re souped-up moisturizers that cover like a sheer foundation and treat various skin-care concerns such as acne or wrinkles.) Well now there’s a whole new category of multitasking formulas: CC creams. Short for “color and care” or “color and correct”, CC creams are essentially BB creams on steroids.
They’re designed to offer more coverage than BB creams but still go on sheer, they moisturize better, and they contain hard-core anti-aging ingredients. Look out for the first CC cream to hit the U.S. this October: Olay Total Effects CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer.
A CC cream is a color correcting cream, meaning that it is a brightening primer, foundation, moisturizer, SPF and anti-aging cream.
On the other hand, a BB cream is a non-brightening primer, foundation, moisturizer, SPF and anti-aging cream.
BB creams are typically laden with hydrators to create a dewy finish, which are not so great for acne-prone or oily skin.
CC creams, on the other hand, are typically oil-free. …
Delivery systems matter. Ingredients like propylene glycol, butylene glycol, and other alcohols, as well as advanced delivery systems like liposomes, are commonly used to increase the skin’s absorption of ingredients.
Unfortunately, BB and CC creams typically are designed to be make-up products. Yes, you will get benefits. But I’d take 10% vitamin C in a serum over 10% vitamin C in a BB or CC cream any day!
I love the idea of multi-tasking skincare and make-up products that help cut down on the amount of time you spend prepping in the morning. I just think you have to very careful before you buy something. Remember my warning about not relying on a BB cream, a CC cream, or your make-up for your sun protection. Additionally, keep in mind what the Future Derm post said about delivery systems in products. Just because a product includes fabulous sounding ingredients doesn’t mean that they are actually getting into your skin and providing you with any benefit. If you have a BB cream that you like I see no reason to stop using it and I see no reason not to try a CC cream, but don’t expect miracles. Sometimes the newest thing on the market just makes a scene only to disappear. Tried and true products are always around.
- Just a Head’s Up: CC Creams Are A-Coming! – Glamour
- The Summer-Fall issue of New Beauty has a feature on BB creams (and they mention CC creams) that includes lots of product recommendations. Pages 50- 54. Unfortunately New Beauty articles are no longer available online.
- BB Creams – Hip or Hype? – IDI News
- BB Creams: Beauty Balms, Blemish Base or Just Brilliant Beauty? – Skin Inc.
Image from glamour.com