BB Cream, CC Cream… What are these?


Of late, BB creams have grabbed the headlines of every cosmetic tip update all of a sudden.  Every cosmetic counter these days is advertising for this. All the latest beauty brands have jumped onboard. But women oft wonder as to what BB cream is, where did it come from and how is it so popular despite coming out of nowhere? So here we are with an answer! The BB cream was invented in the 1950s by a German dermatologist named Christine Schrammek but it gained popularity only in Asia. BB cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. The purpose is to fight and remove skin redness. This product is an all-in-one product which most women look for and it also combines the functions of a primer, anti-aging serum, moisturizer, and light foundation—plus many brands/variants include SPF. Some people consider this a new marketing gimmick to sell a product, but it isn’t so. The BB cream is marketed to replace your moisturizer, primer, foundation and possibly SPF cream by just using this one cream. On the whole, this single product can protect, conceal, and correct texture and tone in just one application; thus, you do not need to buy several products for each purpose. Our top 7 picks for BB Creams which are easily available in India:

  • Maybelline Clear-Glow Shine-Free Clear BB Stick
  • Garnier BB cream
  • Deborah Milano BB Cream
  • Clinique Age Defence BB Cream with SPF 30
  • The Body Shop All in One BB Cream
  • Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream
  • Ponds White Beauty BB cream
This is the kind of effect you can expect from BB / CC cream

This is the kind of effect you can expect from BB / CC cream

   What is a CC cream and also the need for it? We just discussed about various BB creams and about their availability in the market. Now we come to the CC creams. This is a new product launched by Lakme, and the CC here stands for Complexion Care. According to Lakme, CC cream is just like your daily skin cream that enriches your skin with just the right touch of make-up to give you that perfect look in just a few minutes. The skin care benefits rendered by this cream are – sun protection (SPF 20), moisturizing, brightening and freshness while maintaining skin tone and providing basic coverage. Thus, these are the new must-haves in a stylish woman’s vanity bag. Go ahead, make your choice!

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