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Beauty corner: BB and CC explained


With BB and CC creams invading our beauty shelves, Manasi Y Mastakar helps you understand them better

Over the past few years, the beauty market has undergone tremendous changes not just in terms of the number of brands that are available today, but also the amount of beauty regimes they cater to. If you have been a regular user of these beauty products, you would have noticed the rise of BB, CC creams, which are acting as moisturisers, foundations and even have sun protect.

 What are they?
For the uninitiated, BB stand for ‘Beauty Balm’ and CC stand for ‘Complexion Care’ or ‘Colour Corrective’. Shedding more light on these creams, beauty expert Shahnaz Husain says, “These creams are an alternative to make-up foundations and also perform other functions. BB may be light-textured, with SPF and help to cover blemishes. CC creams are a more specialised version of BB Creams and also have SPF. They help a dull skin look healthy and radiant. DD or Daily Defence creams perform many functions. With SPF, they provide sheer coverage and moisturise the skin.”

 What are the differences?
Though they might seem the same, these creams have difference functions and uses. “BB creams can be worn alone on a daily basis, it can do work of moisturiser, concealer, sunscreen, foundation and offers light natural finish, while CC creams differ by focusing on correcting colour (uneven skin tone), can be worn on daily basis. If you have redness, acne or dark spots, CC creams are right choice,” suggest Richa Singh, Co Founder & CEO,

Though Husain agrees on the uses of CC creams, she advises against using them as sunscreens especially when there is excess sun-exposure, or for sensitive skin. “However, you can apply sunscreen first, wait for a few minutes to allow the skin to absorb it and then apply BB or CC cream. Try to find a light textured sunscreen lotion,” she adds.

Speaking of BB creams, Husain says, “Some BB Creams are formulated to soothe and moisturise the skin after a skin treatment, like a peel treatment. However, they cannot really be a substitute for make-up, but have other properties, like SPF, antioxidants, contain collagen, or have the ability to cover blemishes.”

The right choice
Now that we have a basic understanding and uses of these creams, choosing the right creams becomes important. “For both BB and CC Creams, ensure that they have broad spectrum sun protection. They should also contain moisturisers, so that you would not need to apply a moisturiser. Check the skin benefits. Look for creams that have plant extracts and oils. Select cream that is light textured and suitable for all skin types,” Husain suggests. Adding to this, Singh says, “The BB cream tends to be a bit heavier and better for dry skin, with a focus on prevention and maintenance, whereas the CC cream tends to be a tad lighter (so better for acne-prone skin) and focuses on concealing existing issues.”

Skin type
Though these creams tend to be used more as skin or tone correctors, skin type plays an important role in selection. “But there are few brands,” according to Singh, “that consider skin type as one of the factor. But skin tone is always major factor, as these creams are mixture of five to six different components, which help even the skin tone by hiding imperfections.” Adding to this Husain says, “A CC cream may have a matte texture and would, therefore, be more suitable for oily skin and acne prone skin. BB creams would suit dry skin better.”

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