What’s The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Cream?


I get asked about the difference between BB, CC & DD creams quite a lot. So I thought I would do a post about it for everyone that might not be too sure. These tinted creams have been around for a while now and have taken the beauty world by storm.

BB Cream

A little bit of information..
BB stands for Beauty Balm and it was originally developed in Germany. It was the start of many tinted creams. It was developed to be used for skin care following a cosmetic surgery procedure. It used to stand for Blemish Balm, until it hit the US, and there is was renamed. It firstly caught on in Korea, and then became a must have beauty product in most of East Asia. The product is alot different in Korea then the western version. They tend to be thicker with higher levels of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for more opaque sun protection, and foundation-like coverage. They also produce a whiter appearance on skin. Western BB creams are more like a tinted moisturiser. Some people actually use it as a primer to get a fuller coverage, rather then switching to a heavier foundation.

What are the benefits?
It’s great if you have good skin and just want to have a bit of a glow. It provides some amount of coverage but leaves a more sheer finish. Obviously it all depends on different brands formulas, but what ever country you purchase this in, the popular benefits form using it is daily sun protection, skin lightening, extra hydration, and some have anti aging ingredients. Pretty much an all round product! Perfect for everyday use. I wouldn’t stop using your usual anti aging creams though, because there isn’t usually alot of anti aging ingredients in them. Use them as a supplement, not a replacement!

CC Cream

A little bit of information..
CC stands for Colour Correcting. After the beauty world exploded with its sister formula BB,  CC was created for those people that cried out for the same benefits, but with a fuller coverage. The first CC cream appeared in 2010 by the product of a Singapore-based brand Rachel K. They usually provide more coverage then BB creams, but this isn’t always the case.

What are the benefits?
It provides the same multitasking benefits as BB cream. They also contain ingredients that can cover flaws such as dark spots and redness, give life to dull complexions, and even out skin tone with light diffusing particles, while still feeling light weight.

DD Cream

A little bit of information..
DD stands for Daily Defence, but they are also sometimes known as Dynamic Do-All and Dermatologist’s Dream, depending on the brand. It’s the latest in this trend that isn’t as recognised as it’s predecessors.

What are the benefits?
They are supposed to provide more coverage then BB, but with more anti aging benefits then CC. They can also protect the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss, which is great for people with dry skin. But it’s stronget power is its anti aging claims. They usually have some combination of botanical oils, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides. They are best used by people who want to focus on improving tone and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles overtime.

What BB, CC & DD creams have you used? Any you can recommend? Let me know!


11 thoughts on “What’s The Difference Between BB, CC & DD Cream?

  1. This post is so helpful! I like the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream because it has a bit more coverage than most BB creams. I’ve only tried one CC cream which is the L’Oréal Nude Magique redness correcting one. It does exactly what you wrote, it evens out the complexion while still being very lightweight but unfortunately it’s a tad too dark for my current skin tone.

  2. Reblogged this on theduchessbeauty and commented:
    I was thinking about covering BB/CC/DD creams in a post because no-one seems sure which to ask for. The truth is that they are all variants on a tinted moisturiser theme. The amount of coverage varies more by brand than by the label BB/CC/DD. Many include light reflective particles which give an even skin tone for most skin colours even with a very limited colour/tone selection. The bottom line is that if you don’t always wear moisturiser and foundation then a tinted moisturiser may be a better choice. And for grab and go ladies, it’s quick and easy to apply. Perfect for public transport or when you don’t have a mirror or decent lighting. It’s also a good option for those who have difficulties applying make-up, so if you can’t see very well or have manual dexterity issues – or rely on someone applying your make-up for you. This may be the product you’ve been looking for. Read Clare’s Blog for the low down.

  3. Thank you for useful post! I’ve never known even DD and found the article about EE (Energy Enhancer)!! I’d better catch up…!

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