If you’ve set foot in Sephora, a drugstore or anywhere near a cosmetics counter lately, chances are you’ve been bombarded by a bewildering array of flesh colored fluids.
The alphabet formulations–like BB cream, CC cream, and soon DD creams–have joined tinted moisturizers and standard foundation on the shelves as potential skin-perfecting options. But what do they all (supposedly) do?
What’s the difference between them? And most importantly: Which should you use?
We break it down for you.
#1- BB Cream (Blemish Balm / Beauty Balm)
What is it? Short for beauty balm or blemish balm, BB creams are the love child of makeup and skincare. While its benefits seem to be endless, at its bare bones BB cream is the world’s best tinted moisturizer, packed with tons of benefits as well as SPF.
What it does: BB creams can smooth the skin, contain anti-aging elements, even out your skin tone, moisturize, protect against sun damage, and have a light-reflecting component that give your skin a dewy, luminous look!
How to use it: Although it may have SPF, don’t douse your face with it the way you do sunscreen—a light layer is all you need. BB creams can also be used as a primer, moisturizer, and foundation!
How it differs: BB cream provides the least amount of coverage of all the alphabet creams, so it’s perfect for a younger woman whose skin needs a little pick-me-up!
#2- CC Cream (Colour Correcting)
What is it? Packed to the gills with vitamins C and E, complexion corrector cream is similar to BB cream, but focuses on color correction.
What it does: Lighter than a BB cream, CC cream’s primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, such as sallowness or redness. Like BB cream, it has SPF as well (number varies by brand).
How to use it: If you’re acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness, CC cream is for you.
How it differs: Use CC cream to help with redness, acne, dark spots, sallowness and more. It’s also lighter than BB cream!
#3- DD Cream (Dynamic-Do-All / Daily Defense)
What is it? Fresh to the alphabet cream craze, DD creams, or “dynamic do-all” are a super cream: They combine the power and benefits of both BB and CC creams. However, their primary focus is anti-aging.
What it does: The anti-aging speciality of the cream works to diminish wrinkles and fine lines throughout use. Additionally, DD cream will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin.
How to use it: Supposedly, you’ll really see improvements in your skin with continued use, so use often and incorporate it into your daily routine!
How it differs: DD cream’s strongest selling point is their anti-aging benefits. If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, this cream is the cream for you.