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BB cream, CC cream, & DD cream: Which Is Best For You?

bb-creamThere are so many foundations, creams, and tinted moisturizers out in the market promising to give you the flawless look you have always dreamed of. There are so many products that it can actually be quite confusing especially the alphabet creams: BB, CC, and DD.

Let’s dissect all 3 creams and see which works best for you.

1) BB Cream

BB stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. It claims to give you daily sun protection. It hydrates the skin keeping it moisturized, while brightening dull skin to give you a natural glow. BB cream is lighter than foundation, so you won’t have that “cakey” feeling that foundation can sometimes leave you with. It gives you some coverage for minor imperfections and redness. Since BB creams are light in coverage, you may also use this as a primer for that flawless look.

The downside of BB creams is that they do not have a wide variety of shades. If you have a dark complexion, you may opt to add your favorite foundation to your makeup routine to even out your skin tone. For those who have acne, BB cream might not be able to give you full coverage, so a concealer may come in handy. BB creams would most likely work well for those who just want a subtle coverage for a natural finish.

2) CC Cream

CC stands for Color Correction. As with BB creams, CC creams also promise to give protection from the sun, while moisturizing and brightening the skin. However, CC creams’ main purpose is to correct color. It helps even out and smoothen the skin complexion. If you have concerns about discoloration, then CC cream will work best for you. It addresses skin issues like redness, acne, sallow complexion, and dark spots. It reduces the appearance of redness. CC creams give coverage like that of a foundation without the heavy feeling of a makeup.

3) DD Cream

DD stands for Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-all. DD creams not only give protection from the sun, they moisturize the skin, even out skin tone and provide anti-aging benefits. DD creams smooth out the skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines. DD creams work best for mature skin, for people who need anti-aging treatments, and people who want to hide those wrinkles and fine lines. DD creams will give you that coverage with the lighter feeling than that of a foundation.

How to apply BB, CC, and DD creams:

1) Use your fingertips

BB creams, CC creams, and DD creams are not only makeup but also skincare products. They are makeup and skincare products rolled into 1 tube. To apply these alphabet creams, you just need to use your fingertips. It is best to use your fingers, not only is it the easiest method but also it will allow the product to absorb better on your skin.

  • Dab the cream onto your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Apply the product little by little so that it can easily blend and absorb on the skin.
  • Gently blend the product in circular motion. Continue to blend around the eyes. Be sure to use gentle strokes around the eye area. Skin around the eyes is very delicate. Avoid tugging and applying too much pressure around the eyes to prevent appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Let the product settle for awhile. After it dries up, check for some blemishes that need extra coverage. Apply another layer onto the spot that needs extra treatment.

2) Use a sponge

Using a sponge may not be the easiest way to apply face creams but this will allow you to have smoother coverage. A sponge can get in the corners of your eyes to cover the dark circles.

  • Moisten the sponge with a facial mist. This will prevent the face cream from being absorbed by the sponge. Squeeze the sponge to remove any excess moisture.
  • Using your fingers, dab some face cream onto your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, making little dots on your face.
  • Quickly pat the sponge on your face. Dab firmly as if making your cheeks bounce. This will allow the product to blend evenly, giving you a natural finish.
  • Lessen the pressure in the eye area. Gently pat the sponge around the eyes.

3) Use a brush

Using a brush works best for dry skin. The brush hardly absorbs any of the much needed moisture your skin has. Use a brush for liquid face creams and not with thick, balmy creams. Using a brush can achieve an even coverage.

  • Using your fingers, dab some face cream onto your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin, making little dots on your face. Using your fingers will help control the amount of product you put on your face.
  • Use a flat foundation brush to smooth the cream onto your face. Brush the cream firmly in outward strokes. Brush the cream on your forehead outwards towards the top and on the side. Brush the cream on your nose up then down. Then, brush the cream on your chin from side to side. Lastly, brush the cream on your cheek in all directions until cream is blended well.
  • Brush the cream gently around the eyes. You can also use a patting motion for less pressure and to avoid tugging of the skin around the eye area.

4) Use it as an add-on and not as a replacement

These alphabet face creams promise to give sun protection, claiming to contain SPF. Protection from the sun is very important. The harmful rays of the sun cause your skin to dry and trigger premature aging. These creams also claim to have skincare benefits. They moisturize, even out skin tones, and possess anti aging benefits. Use these alphabet creams as a supplement for better skin protection. Continue to use your favorite skincare products for better hydration, for better skin complexion, and to better diminish fine lines. Do not replace them with the alphabet creams. Treat these creams as an extra protection for your skin. Although BB, CC, and DD creams contain SPF already, it is still best to apply sunscreen before using the face creams.

There are many brands of BB, CC, and DD creams out in the market. You may come across other benefits of these alphabet creams, depending on the brand. Some may promise oil control, fading of marks, firming of skin, or minimizing pores. Just bear in mind the general benefits and main focus of each cream. BB creams moisturize, hydrate, and give light to medium coverage for minor imperfections. CC creams even out skin tones and are able to cover acne and blemishes. DD creams focus on anti-aging and gives coverage to fine lines and wrinkles.

Now you know what these alphabet creams can generally do for your skin. Have you decided which cream will work best for you?

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