So, I know Rachana is the in house beauty expert but here is a piece of my beauty wisdom.
Unless you’ve been away in the Antarctic saving penguins (which btw, if you have then we would love to meet you!) you have definitely seen the huge hoardings and numerous ads and even used the alphabet creams in the last few months. I’m here to help break them down for you. What is the difference between the BB, CC and now DD (yes, DD) creams? Are they the same or do they serve different purposes? And the big question – what do these alphabets stand for??
BB creams were the biggest beauty trend about a year and a half ago. They originated in Korea and stand for ‘Blemish Balm’ (or Blemish Base).
What they do: BB creams provide coverage and are lighter than foundation. They also have added skin protection and benefits (think SPF, antioxidants and healthy ingredients). They’re a bit heavier than a tinted moisturizer and give a more even complexion.
Who should use them: Anyone who cringes at the sight of a heavy foundation (like me!) should try a BB cream. It’s ideal for someone with sensitive skin who wants to hide blemishes, while still providing ingredients to help clear up problem areas and ensure healthy skin in the future.
CC Cream (a.k.a. color or complexion correction cream), like its predecessor, were popularized in Asia as well.
What they do: Since CC stands for “colour correcting” it’s quite self explanatory. They’re meant to even out redness and illuminate your complexion. They’re even lighter on your skin than a BB cream and often have a super light, whipped consistency. It is all-in-one makeup and skincare formula packed with SPF, moisturizer, and anti-aging properties.
Who should use them: If you don’t need a lot of coverage, but find your skin looking a little blotchy or dull, a CC cream will provide a perfect sheer base. Also, due to the anti aging properties they are better suited for an older audience.
And now get ready for the latest beauty wonderkid – DD creams. Soon to release with a few cosmetic companies the “Dynamic Do-All” (yes, that’s what it stands for) cream will be what it sounds like – a BB/CC hybrid. We will get to this confusion when it comes to India.
Well, I tried the Bourjois BB cream and I must say I LOVE it. Traditionally my make up routine involves the No.7 tinted moisturiser followed by the YSL Touche Eclat luminizing pen to conceal those tell tales of so many late nights – dark circles. Then I usually cover it up with the MAC Studio Fix. Foundation makes me cringe especially in the Bombay humidity.
Also I have highly sensitive and hypo allergic skin which is always a bother. But when I used the BB cream I noticed I didn’t feel the need to for the tinted moisturizer and concealer. It was a good base for makeup like a primer, evened out my complexion like a tinted moisturiser, covered minor imperfections and hydrates my skin.