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BB, CC, and DD Creams: A Guide

BB, CC, and DD Creams: A Guide

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You’ve likely stumbled upon a bunch of these double-lettered creams, whether it was on your last trip through Sephora or the drugstore beauty aisle -- but what exactly do they do? The huge popularity of these alphabet creams were first triggered by the introduction of the multi-tasking BB cream from the East Asian beauty market, and they’re now widely offered in both budget drugstore and high-end beauty lines. 

Ready to get in the game, but not sure where to begin? You’re in the right place! We’ve put together a BB through DD guide to these multi-tasking miracle-working creams to help you get started.


What does it stand for? Beauty Balm

What does it do? Initially popularized in the East Asian skincare market, BB creams promise to be a kind of beauty cure-all, taking the place of serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunscreen. BB creams also offer some lasting results in the quality of your skin -- containing ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, the cream treats and hydrates your skin while offering the coverage of a tinted moisturizer. If you like a lightweight, sheer coverage, you’ll be happy with using the BB cream on its own -- but if you prefer a fuller coverage, then it can be paired with a liquid or powder foundation. 

 Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector | Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm | Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!} 


What does it stand for? Color Correcting

What does it do? The CC cream is designed for those who want to tackle uneven complexions, including problems with dullness, acne, redness, or discoloration. The texture of the CC cream is much lighter than a BB cream, and it’s packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and SPF.

Smashbox Camera Ready CC CreamClinique Moisture Surge CC CreamJuice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream


What does it stand for? Daily Defense, Dynamic Do-All, Dermatologically Defining

What does it do? One of the newer introductions to the beauty alphabet (besides EE creams, of which only one exists), DD creams provide all the benefits of BB and CC creams while adding anti-aging benefits into the mix. The cream targets fine lines and wrinkles, so if you’re looking for a way to start incorporating an anti-aging beauty product into your routine, DD creams are a great place to start!

DERMAdoctor DD cream


Have a favorite BB/CC/DD cream of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

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