Remember the good ol’ days when all you had to do was cleanse, tone and moisturise? It’s time to kiss those days goodbye! The latest craze in over-the-counter beauty products has got to be the BB cream. BB stands for Blemish Balm, and is said to be an all-in-one that hydrates and protects your skin from the sun, while evening out skin tone with a light toned tint. This is great when you don’t want to wear a ton of makeup!
CC creams are like a BB cream but better! Like a BB+, standing for Colour Correctors. They do the same as the BB cream, except they claim to effectively even out skin tone by decreasing redness! Watch out, there is a soon-to-be DD and even rumoured EE creams coming out on the market… no joke.
But with a light tint and high SPF factor, are these creams that different to tinted moisturisers? Well… kind of.
BB creams first became huge in south-east Asia where its purpose was to protect freshly peeled skin from the sun – an area of the world where porcelain skin is desirable. The high-sun protection factor and anti-blemish helped to keep skin light, fresh and pigmentation free, especially after peeling treatments. While tinted moisturisers have a moderate SPF and a tint, they do not even out skin tone!
Clockwise from top: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 BB Cream, Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot BBB Cream SPF 30, Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream 50ml, Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF30, L’Oreal Magique CC Cream, Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream