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BB Cream vs. CC Cream: What’s The Difference?

BB cream vs. CC cream

BB creams? CC creams? Both can give you glowing skin, the low-maintenance way.

One of the biggest new trends in beauty is BB and CC creams for the skin. Choosing one can be a bit confusing, and a lot of ladies have been asking me what the real difference is.

The initials “BB” stand for “beauty balm.” These products are multitaskers: a non-brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one, with built in anti-aging properties. A “CC” cream stands for “color corrective” and contains a skin brightening primer, light foundation, moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging ingredients and sometimes collagen boosters.

The BB cream tends to be a bit heavier and better for dry skin, with a focus on prevention and maintenance, while the CC cream tends to be a tad lighter (so better for acne-prone skin) and focuses on concealing existing issues.

BB cream vs. CC cream

B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++ ($38, sephora.com) and Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Tone Correcting Moisturizer ($22.44, walmart.com).

These new formulas are basically a pumped up version of tinted moisturizers with added benefits. They are a quick fix to give your skin a boost, but I don’t think they have as much impact as applying a separate serum, moisturizer and sunscreen. They don’t cover up skin’s imperfections as well as using a proper foundation, and they don’t come in many shades, but I still love to wear them to the gym as a fast and easy, one-step way to get all the goods in one easy go.

To apply them, use your fingers to lightly blend a dab of your cream of choice all over the face, including on the eyelids. For my trips to the gym, I apply the cream, skip powder, and just sweep on a little black mascara and a lip balm, and I’m out the door.

Read more: The Best BB Cream For Your Skin