BB, CC, and DD Creams: What’s the Difference?

A trip down the cosmetics aisle can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re looking for new creams. There are plenty of products that can do amazing things for your complexion, but there’s also a fair share of detrimental dermatological disasters out there. When you add alphabet soup to the mix, cosmetics confusion can reach unimaginable heights.

If you’ve been wondering what the deal is with BB, CC, and DD creams, here’s a quick guide to help you navigate the beauty industry’s letters of the law!

BB Creams

To start with, BB stands for Beauty Balm. Generally speaking, BB creams will give you a more full-coverage effect. Depending on the formula, BBs tend to be a sort of all-in-one serum, complete with moisturizer, primer, and foundation. They will also typically contain sunscreen, as well.

If you’re looking for a more matte finish, a BB cream is probably the product that’s going to give you that camera-ready finish.

Do you tend to experience drier skin? BB creams, because of their rich texture, are often great for people with drier skin.

CC Creams

CC is short for Color Correcting. These creams tend to offer more natural coverage than their full-coverage BB counterparts.

CC creams will offer your face a more fresh finish, providing more of a color correcting base with a sheer, moderate formula that allows your natural radiance and glow to shine through. For the sake of comparison, you could think of these light and airy creams as tinted moisturizers.

If your skin tends to be on the oily side, give CC creams a try because the lightness won’t further weigh down your skin and pores.

DD Creams

Right now, the jury is still out as to what the DD officially stands for. Depending on who you ask, DD may mean Daily Defense, Dynamic Do-All, or Double Duty, just to name a few.

DDs focus on anti-aging elements, working to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. These creams, like their BB and CC counterparts, balance skin tone and provide protection to some of the most sensitive areas of the skin.


Antioxidants: Powerful or Just Marketing?

Antioxidant have been around in the beauty industry for the past few years or more. All sorts of skincare products claim they feature antioxidant protection: moisturizers, serums and even makeup. A lot of skincare customers don’t know what antioxidants are, so here’s a quick rundown. Antioxidants are chemicals that protect cells by fighting free radicals. Free-radical damage occurs when the skin has to deal with excessive sun exposure, poor nutrition, and even stress. This means roughness, sagging, and fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants in skincare (when there in adequate doses)  can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, including fighting this damage to reduce the signs of aging. From calming irritated skin to firming lax skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, antioxidants offer great benefits. Natural antioxidant sources include green tea, pomegranate, berries, and vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Wrinkle Reduction

Skincare products with antioxidants can help plump out the skin and make it appear more youthful, reducing the appearance of line. Vitamins C and E are the top two antioxidants for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, so look for products that contain these two powerful antioxidants.

Sun Damage Treatment

Too much sun not only can cause skin cancer, but it can cause damage to skin’s health and appearance. Sun damage can make skin appear tough and wrinkly, but antioxidants stimulate surface circulation and collagen production to encourage the growth of new cells and to help sun-damaged skin. There are many antioxidant-rich moisturizers for both face and body that can help reverse the effects of excess sun.

Skin Firming

Another top benefit of antioxidants in beauty products is skin firming. Antioxidants, over time, may actually help reverse the signs of aging by improving skin health and improving its appearance. One such common skin firming antioxidant is CoQ-10, which is added to eye creams and other products (including body lotions) that are meant to firm up the skin.




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