BB Cream or CC Cream: Which One Should I use?

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Makeup artists everywhere are singing the praises of BB and CC Cream. These light and fluffy creams are lighter than foundation, and they correct skin tone problems. Even the professionals have a bit of trouble determining the difference and therefore the right cream for their clients. So, let’s take a look and see if we can tell the difference.

BB Cream

BB Cream is a light cream that is applied to the face. The cream is good for your skin because it has antioxidants and SPF in the formula. Depending on the brand, it could have skin healing vitamins, and other additives to return your skin to it’s best condition. You must read the ingredients list. This is how you will know if there is any additive that you are allergic to or if there is something in it that works well for you.

The BB in BB Cream stands for “Beauty Balm.” When applied, the light coverage helps you feel beautiful without any extra hassle.  The cream blends away any skin discoloration.

What you need to know

The only problem doctors are having is people expecting it to be the only SPF they need. Because the BB cream is tinted, people tend to put it on sparingly. When people are using sunscreen to head outdoors, they put a lot of it on their face. If someone is going out in the sun, they need to put sunscreen on even if they are wearing a light coat of BB Cream.

The reason BB Cream flies off the shelf is that it is marketed as an “all-in-one product.” It actually is a foundation and it is meant to be worn all over the face. It serves as a primer, foundation, and SPF product. It has moderate coverage that evens out the skin tone. In reality, BB Cream is a cream with no oil. If you have dry skin, it may not be what you need. It also has a matte finish.

So, if you use the cream as an “all-in-one product,’ you will have an even tone and a dry look. That doesn’t mean you cannot use BB Cream, but you will need other products with it to have a moist and healthy look. BB Cream is usually recommended for men. Since men do not wear as much makeup or as much color as women. For more information on this topic, visit  These creams usually work well for men, but if they work outside, they need the SPF protection that is in the BB cream.

CC Cream may be a better choice. CC Cream is good, but you do not want to give up your anti-aging products. Of course, you can use your anti-aging products at night.

CC Cream

The CC in CC Cream stands for “color corrector.” BB Cream and CC Cream are very much alike. You will need to check the ingredients on this cream as well. When you apply the cream, the shade will be a bit lighter than you may expect. That is because CC Cream has light diffusing properties. The color and the light diffusing properties cover and camouflage redness, blemishes, and blotchy skin.

Which cream is right for me?

The look and feel of these products vary depending on the manufacturer. Some high-end cosmetic companies make their products with a thicker consistency. So, how do you choose? You try them. Go to your better department stores and have the cosmetic clerk let you sample the brands. Some cosmetic companies or their beauty consultants will gladly send you a sample. If there is a particular brand of makeup that you use, it is a safe bet that their BB or CC Cream will fit into their product line well.


BB Cream is great for some people. CC Cream is great for some people. You may have to find a brand that suits you. You may need to adapt your skincare routines. However, with all cosmetics, we have to try them and tweak things to make them work with us. So, go ahead and give it a try. What have you got to lose?

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