First came the BB Cream, and later on we saw the CC Cream…. and right now there have been apperance of a new type of DD Cream. Confused ? Well, let’s go through all 3 at the same time. But trust me, this are just marketing propagandas, so it doesn’t make any difference if it’s a AA BB CC DD EE FF Cream!
BB Cream – Blemish Balm. Not much to say about it since I have written many articles regarding the BB Cream.
In France, the BB Cream phenomenon has even expanded to hair care. Created by Jean Claude Biguine, the range of BB Hair products aims to repair hair damage and provide intense hydration to the hair resulting in nourished and luminous hair. Using a formula with B3 B5 Provitamins, it helps to protect and reinforce the capillary fibers of the hair. The last step consists of the BB Cream Corrective to be applied on your hair , which is a day hair cream which protects the hair from the external enviroment and hydrates it.
CC Cream – Colour Correcting . The first version of the CC Creams came from a Chinese / Hong Kong brand. Chanel directly skipped the BB, and went straight to CC.
Marketing wise, the CC Cream claims to be an ‘upgraded’ BB Cream. It has a lighter texture, blends easily and gives a more radiant / dewy look compared to a BB Cream. Apparently, some of the CC Cream claims you can sleep with it … but I’ll never do that.
Brands offering CC Creams : Chanel, Juice Beauty, Olay, Rachel K, iFiona.
While some CC Creams are tinted like BB Creams, in Korea, CC Creams differentiate themselves by being a white-based cream which contains colour coated pigments. When rubbed, these white cream becomes slightly tinted. ( eg : L’Oreal BB Cream uses the same mechanism ).
The Korean CC Creams have such an excellent moist texture! They are also much more dewy in complexion, but it may be too ‘white’ for those with darker skin. They are like a tinted moisturizer + BB + highlighter. I am personally a fan of these CC Creams though I have to be careful that they don’t appear too white on my skin. They give a really radiant appearance!
Korean CC Creams : Chosungah 22 CC Cream, Mizon CC Correct Combo Cream, OHUI CC Cream, etc.
DD stands for Daily Defense. There seem to be two main category of DD Products :
– One aiming at sun defense, sunblock, and self tanners
– One aiming at the body and foot with a heavier richer texture for dry rough and cracked skin.
In Japan, there is a DD Cream which is a snail based serum – nothing to do with tinted creams.