BB Cream, CC Cream and DD Cream

First it was BB Creams, and before you know it, CC and DD Creams have hit the market! And the truth is, you have no idea what the difference is. You want to choose the best products for your skin, but when every brand is bringing out so many different products, how do you know what to go for? And what if there’s something better suited for you that you simply don’t know about?

But no need for beauty-FOMO, because here at The Beautyst, we are about to explain to you exactly what these products do, and which one is right for you, so you can dazzle with your ideal product! Your skin will thank you for it!

Brand variation

An important point we have to stress, is that while we can tell you what BB Creams, CC Creams and DD Creams generally do, each brand will give their products a twist or alternation, so take these guidelines with a pinch of salt, as a product may not necessarily guarantee all these typical attributes in their creams. Don’t be afraid to read the product description or try a tester before you buy!

BB Creams

BB Creams are a modern classic. Well, soft of – a little known fact is that they’ve been around for years in Korea, but only made it big in the UK in 2012. BB stands for either Beauty Balm or Blemish balm, both of which give you an idea of what this wonder product is all about – giving you a perfect complexion by covering your blemishes. BB Creams provide a medium level of coverage – more than a tinted moisturiser, but less than foundation, so if your complexion is not oil prone, and you don’t have many imperfections, BB Creams are an excellent way of getting coverage without heavy make up.

The real unique selling point of BB Creams is the way they streamline your beauty routine, combing moisturiser, foundation and SPF protection. If you have dry, sensitive skin, and therefore are less prone to spots, BB Creams will hydrate and protect your skin whilst giving you the coverage you need. If you have clear or mixed skin, BB cream will work for you, as it covers and treats blemishes at the same time. If however you suffer from oil prone skin, and are very prone to blemishes, an absorbing powder will give you much thicker coverage and absorb excess oil for a matte, shine-free look!

BB Creams tend to come in a smaller range of shades than foundations, as they oxidise to match your skin tone. However, if in doubt, the best way to see if a BB Cream works for your skin tone is to do a test patch in natural light on your jawbone (an area less affected by blemishes which distort your natural skin tone.)

Here at The Beautyst, we love Ren Satin Perfection BB Cream, which will give you a luminous complexion thanks to its light-reflecting mineral pigments, regardless of your skin tone, as this BB Cream will match it! As a bonus, it even firms your skin, so you can rationalise all your beauty needs into one simple tube!

Correct your colour!

CC Creams contain the SPF protection and foundation of BB Creams, but also even your skin tone, hence the acronym ‘Colour Corrector.’ While of course you must bear in mind that what is offered by BB, CC, and DD Creams varies from brand to brand, most CC Creams aim to regulate uneven skintone and reduce redness. These products often work by illuminating your face and offering light coverage. So opt for CC Cream if you have blotchy, red or uneven skin, as this will even out your skin tone. If you have oil prone or problem skin, a CC cream will not cover all imperfections or reduce shine, so is great as a primer for under your foundation, as it will cover blotches, but you can’t depend solely on it.

Our CC Creams of the moment are the Cellurose Brightening CC Creams from By Terry. These four CC Creams each target different complexion problems, so your choice depends on desired effect. Immaculate Light is great if you have relatively clear skin and/or dry skin, which is lacking in luminosity, as this CC Cream gives very light coverage, and its light-reflecting pigments make skin appear more radiant. What’s more, this CC cream activates high-performance skin technology to boost skin cell renewal and reveal a perfect, infinitely more youthful complexion!

If your skin needs a real radiance boost, try the Rose Elixir: perfect for brightening up dull complexions or refreshing clear skin. Avoid this one if you do have blotchy patches of redness, as this will accentuate them. Remember that every brand has its own idea of what a CC Cream might do, and so effects vary from brand to brand. While most Colour Correcting Creams will treats dullness and redness in one tube, what’s special about by Terry is that Rose Elixir deals specifically with dullness! If you’re looking to correct your redness with slightly thicker coverage, CC Creams Apricot Glow and Sunny Flash are for you! Unlike clear Immaculate Light and pale pink Rose Elixir, both of these creams are tinted for medium coverage. Opt for Apricot Glow if you have a lighter skin tone, and Sunny Flash if it is darker. For extra pale skin in need of medium coverage, these aren’t really for you, but with so many brands out there, you’re bound to find something! However if colour correction isn’t a must, why not try a BB Cream?

Read the product description

You might have seen CC Creams which bear no resemblance whatsoever to what we have just described, such as Caviar CC Cream 10 in 1 Complete Correction Hair Perfector from Alterna! Just remember our word of warning and don’t assume it is a colour correcting face cream! In fact, this product has mirrored the streamlining you see in BB, CC and DD Creams, by providing lots of benefits in one tube, but none of these will help you get a perfect complexion as it is a hair cream!

SPF Protection

DD Creams are the newest addition to this alphabetical family of creams, and their unique selling point is that they provide you with all the virtues of a BB Cream, with extra SPF Coverage. However, check the actual product for specific SPF, as sometimes there is little difference if any offered by certain BB and DD Creams. So this product is ideal if you have sensitive skin which is prone to burning, again for skin which is relatively clear, in need of moisturisation and is not especially oil prone! If you’ve got your heart set on a DD Cream, we recommend DERMAdoctor DD cream, which contains SPF 30 Coverage, and, like you might expect from many BB Creams, self adjusting coverage, so that your skintone is matched – hence this only comes in one shade!

Perfect Application

Once you’ve picked your cream, you need to know how to apply it! As none of these creams offer heavy coverage, they are far less likely to leave streaks and marks, so you can get away with applying them with your fingertips. If you want to use a sponge, go ahead, but for dry skin, working the product with your fingers will allow your skin to absorb it better and therefore be hydrated! Go around your face in circular motions, making sure to blend well to the sides of your face and at the neck. If you like to apply your creams very precisely, we recommend a BeautyBlender, a revolutionary make-up sponge whose pointed end allows for precise application, and its curved end for even coverage!

So there you have it – our essential guide to BB, CC and DD Creams! What are your tips for a perfect complexion? Remember to let us know, with your articles, videos, and photos on The Beautyst’s beauty community!