L-R: Touch In Sol Corean Complexion Cream, Ettusais BB Mineral Cream, Sugao Smooth CC Cream, Avon Anew CC Cream, Moist Labo Matte Cream BB Cream, Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream
BB creams will forever be a staple in my makeup collection. Ever since I tried them, I just couldn’t stop using. I love how natural it looks on my skin plus the added skin benefits such as whitening, anti-wrinkle and SPF. But lately, its sisters suddenly introduced themselves. First came CC cream and no we even have DD creams. I have no idea what the latter is and I have never encountered such product. But the former, I have tried a few (3 to be exact, as shown in the picture). For the newbie in Asian cosmetics, distinguishing between a BB cream and a CC cream can be confusing and browsing through what seems to be endless shelves of Asian cosmetics seem like a daunting idea. To give you an idea…
What is BB Cream?
BB creams did not really originate in Korea but in Germany. It was formulated by a German doctor for post-op patients to help them heal better and faster. But the Koreans have caught up with this technology and made it more publicly usable and that is the BB cream as we know today.
One of the reasons why BB creams became such a huge hit is because aside from coverage, there are many more skin benefits that it offers such as whitening, anti-aging and SPF. Another reason is because the consistency is light and easy to blend on the skin. It is not as heavy as a foundation and not as light as tinted moisturizer. It is in between thereby giving you good coverage without being too heavy on your skin. However, BB creams offer limited shades and blends well with light skin tones. Darker skin tones will have a hard time finding the right BB cream shade for their skin tone.
What is CC Cream?
I am not sure how CC creams came into existence but this is known as the younger sister of BB creams. Therefore, the benefits are almost similar (with slight differences of course).
CC creams are focused more on correcting your skin colour to give you an even skin tone (CC stands for colour correct). It also contains SPF making it a multifunctional product. It doesn’t have coverage and other added skin benefits like whitening and anti-wrinkle. But it does help make your skin appear smoother and even. The great thing about CC creams is that it only comes in one shade but blends and adapts to your skin tone.
Which is Better: BB Cream or CC Cream?
It really depends on your skin concerns as to which of the two is better. For me, I will go for BB cream any time because it offers coverage. But if I want a lightweight formula that can help brighten my skin and at the same time provide an even out complexion, I will use a CC cream.