Beauty, Makeup, Skin Care

BB or CC? What are you talking about?

Are you using CC or BB? You might be asking what that even means. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. These acronyms are popping up everywhere but the name leaves something to be desired. If you haven’t been paying close attention these hot new products could have slipped right by you. Here is what you need to know about these beauty trends.

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BB creams

BB is short for beauty balm, blemish balm, beauty benefit, blemish base, etc. Why are they so hot? If you use more than a few products in the morning these could by your beauty savior. Imagine all those products blended into one. You would have the ultimate multitasker.

Depending on which one you choose BB creams can moisturize, replace your serum, act like a toner, smooth like a primer, cover like a concealer, even out skin tone like a sheer foundation, refine fine lines and wrinkles, add luminosity and protect against UV rays. Given all this, they will not replace all products in your cupboard. If you have a targeted skin issue, you may not want to replace that particular product as BB creams aren’t specifically targeted to one area. They do have the potential to help those products you can’t give up work better.

CC creams

CC is short for color or complexion correction cream. Like BB creams, they are multitasking products that moisturize, provide SPF and boast anti-aging properties. CC creams provide a fuller, foundation-like coverage with a light feeling. CC creams are better at covering the blemishes or spotty complexion issues and are build-able for the right amount of coverage. They also provide more targeted treatments to issues like crows feet or uneven skin tone by containing natural ingredients and antioxidants

Which one should you choose?

It really depends on what your needs are when looking at BB and CC creams. They are very similar, however, can provide very different benefits. They also vary by brand. You may find that one brand of CC cream acts more like a BB cream of another brand. If you are looking for a good, general light duty multitasker you may want a BB cream. If you need a heavier duty multitasker you may want to try a CC cream.

You will need to prioritize your needs when looking at descriptions and ingredients. Just because the list is long of what these products can do, none of them provide all those beautiful benefits. That being said, they could possibly help lower costs in the long run by eliminating several products you already buy. I cannot stress the importance of doing research before you choose one to purchase because they can be pricey.

If you have a favorite BB or CC cream please share or leave a comment with questions or suggestions.

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