If you’ve set foot in any drugstore or walked up to a makeup counter while shopping, you must have noticed a horde of skin-coloured liquid in bottles and tubes of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps you have already heard about BB and CC creams then. If you have, then you may have a slight hint about what they do but if you haven’t then you need to know their basic purpose – perfecting or correction of skin. Most people who have used BB creams were intrigued when its sister CC cream was launched. Here we chalk out the difference between BB and CC creams.
BB creams: BB creams were first invented in the 1960s in Germany by a dermatologist and later introduced to South Korea (1980s). They are called ‘blemish balms’ or ‘beauty balms’ and work to cover any blemishes or zits that you may have on your skin. These Asian imports have become extremely popular in the last 2-3 years in the makeup and beauty industry all around the world. BB creams not only provide coverage for your blemishes, but also give you enough sun protection and anti-oxidants that repair your skin. They provide more coverage than a regular tinted moisturizer but less than that of a foundation. If you want an even skin tone to look your best daily then keep the foundation only for special events and use this magic potion instead!
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CC creams: Now that you know what BB creams do, let’s move over to CC creams. Also called as ‘color correction’ creams, CC creams also work just like BB creams do. There is coverage, there’s sun protection and moisturizing properties all right. But there is a subtle difference between BB and CC creams. CC creams are a little lighter with a whipped cream-like consistency and they provide ever-so-slightly more coverage than a BB cream. That is how they ‘colour correct’ your skin. They are both marketed for different reasons but honestly they both do the same thing – hiding your flaws and repairing your skin underneath it.
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Some people claim that the CC cream could easily be a replacement for foundation, but in reality it isn’t so. The biggest reasons being foundations provide more coverage and are available in hundreds of shades, but BB and CC creams are available in a few pale shades only. So if you are dark skinned you may have to use your foundation on top of a BB and CC creams.
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So that’s about it! If you think you’d like to include BB and CC creams in your daily beauty routine, ensure to test a few different ones before purchasing them. Here’s the ultimate guide to finding the best BB cream for your skin!