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!
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 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.
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.