Sunday, April 21, 2013

BB, CC, What What??

I'm sure I'm not the only one out there in the beauty world wondering what the crap all these BB and CC creams are. Just in the last few weeks I've been noticing them popping up in stores and in ads, but the first time I really heard of them was through my Birchbox. I have yet to get one, but it piqued my curiosity to figure out what they were exactly.

Last night I was at Target and I picked up the new Elle magazine and while flipping through it I literally counted 5 full page ads just talking about these creams specifically. Their descriptions always lead me to feel quite confused at exactly what they were. Foundations, moisturizers, tinted creams? Well, I've done my research and I'm here to tell you what they are, and what the difference between "BB" and "CC" is!

BB Cream - "Beauty Balm"

BB cream is really where all this stuff started. Its been around for a very long time, but in the last year its gained popularity. It is a product which does the job of your moisturizer, primer, foundation, powder and SPF all in one. 

BB creams usually contain:
- Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants like Vitamins A, E and C.
- Super moisturizers such as hyaluronic and glycerin.
- Ingredients like licorice and arbutin that even out skin tone.
- Light reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish.
- Silicone based ingredients, such as dimethicone, which help smooth out the skin, acting like a foundation primer.

So all these fabulous things mixed into one product must be perfect a perfect product for everyone, right? I guess not. There are some down sides to a BB cream and it might not be for everyone. 

Downsides to a BB cream:
-You may have a hard time finding a color match. They are typically sold in just a few colors ranging from fair to medium-dark.
-Wont find acne fighting BB cream if it also contains SPF. The FDA wont allow acne fighting ingredients and SPF to be contained in a singular product.
- Tend to be thicker than a tinted moisturizer but wont provide as much coverage as a foundation.

CC Cream - "Color Correcting"

Now the questions is, what the heck is the difference between a BB cream and a CC cream? At first I thought it was just clever marketing to sell you something that seemed more up and coming than the BB, but after reading up on it, there is actually a difference, albeit a small one. 

CC creams usually contain all the same elements of a BB cream, but takes it to the next level. This primes, protects, moisturizes, controls oil, neutralizes and brightens skin, fades dark spots and sun spots, and diminished post acne marks instantly and over time.

A BB cream is preventative (anti-aging and treats breakouts) while a CC cream is corrective (focuses on existing issues). CC usually contains more coverage than a BB. So like me, if you suffer from acne and need a little more color correction and coverage but dont want to go into a heavy foundation then its the CC cream for you!

In conclusion I think we could all benefit from one of these creams. Im a pretty simple gal when it comes to my make up regimen, but I think after doing all this research on BB and CC creams Ive come to realize Im probably doing it all wrong. Apparently you are supposed to apply all your beauty creams in a specific order. Here is what I read. Wash your face, add serum (huh?), then antioxidants (again, huh?), then hydrate, then lotion (whats the difference between hydrating and lotion?), then SPF, then foundation. These creams take the guess work out of your beauty regimen. Its the only product you need to apply after washing your face and you dont have to worry about which order to apply it to get the best results. 

A few other bonuses:
- The all in one cream will be less expensive over time.
- Faster and easier to apply than multiple products.
- Can still by layered with foundation and concealer to target trouble spots.
- Great option for someone who doesnt like wearing a lot of makeup but still likes simple coverage.

I will definitely be on the market to find which CC cream Ill be buying. Im all about easy application and I cant wait to try one and add it to my favorite list of products. Hope this helped you too!

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