The Beauty Floor

Why BB and CC Creams are Must-Haves!

If you, even remotely, pay attention to articles on beauty products or so much as spend more than a minute on a store’s beauty product section, then you’ve noticed the sudden influx of BB creams. And just a little later, even before you’ve even found out what the acronym stands for, CC creams have started appearing on the shelves, too. I will be talking more about the two; what they are and what they do for your skin.

But first, formal introductions are in order. BB stands for Blemish Balm, some also call it Beauty Balm, while CC stand for “color” and “correct”. Just by what they stand for, you’d somehow get the idea that CC creams offer more coverage than BB creams. Read on and find out.

  1. The BB Cream

Contrary to its recent popularity, the BB cream was invented in Germany way back in the 1960s by Dr. Christine Schrammek as a postsurgical treatment cream for her clients. The product took off in Asia, particularly in Japan and South Korea, in 1985 but it wasn’t until 2011 when the US joined in on the BB bandwagon that the product hit global popularity.

BB Cream

Regardless of which part of the world, the BB cream’s selling point is its ability to provide coverage similar to that of a sheer foundation while giving your skin extra perks like sun protection, skin lightening, anti-aging and even a primer-like matte finish; making it a multipurpose daytime product. One major downside reported against the BB cream, though, also centers on its coverage. Most of the shades available are more suited for those with light complexion so women of color often find themselves with limited choices in terms of BB cream shades, making a foundation necessary and thus negating the product’s all-in-one benefit.

Enter Dr. Brandt Flaws No More Flexitone BB Cream SPF 30. This BB cream combines all the benefits of a BB cream while providing more flexibility when it comes to coverage.

Try Dr. Brandt Flaws No More Flexitone BB Cream SPF 30. Its unique and innovative Flexitone formula adjusts on your skin to provide a custom color for any skin tone, giving you the option to wear this BB cream alone or with makeup.

  1. The CC Cream

Meet BB cream’s younger sister whose claim to fame includes all those that the former offers plus the promise of more, more, and again, more. Sunscreen protection still depends on the brand while coverage, complexion correction and antiaging properties claim to be stronger.

One good example of a CC cream that goes above and beyond is the Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream. It comes in medium to tan shade and provides more than the usual sheer coverage that a BB cream does. It’s packed with vitamin C derived from camu camu, a super fruit from the Amazon that has 30 times more vitamin C than an average orange, which promotes collagen production for firmer and younger looking skin.

Try Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream. It has SPF 30 that protects against harmful rays and vitamins C and E that helps fight free radicals.

You can still wear the CC cream with or without makeup. Just like the BB cream. And if you come to think of it, this might be something we list under its pros. Both creams, true to how they’re advertised, are so flexible and versatile you can wear them any way you want.

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