BB VS. CC CREAM: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Find out what makes CC cream the latest beauty must-have
With BB creams and CC creams taking the beauty industry by storm, make sure you know the essential differences between the two.
THE ORIGINS OF A TREND
Though the popularity of BB creams started in the Korean cosmetics industry, the concept was actually first conceived in Germany in 1967, when a dermatologist developed a “Blemish Balm” for her patients to use after facial peels and surgery, providing coverage for scars or redness as the skin healed.
The idea was adapted by Korean cosmetics brands in the mid-80s, and BB creams soon became the beloved beauty secret of Korean celebrities – but they wouldn’t remain a secret for long. Soon enough, BB creams surged in popularity within Asia, and eventually became a global beauty trend.
KNOWING YOUR ABC’S
Today, BB creams can refer to “Blemish Balms” or “Beauty Balms”, and usually provide coverage for blemishes or imperfections, as well as sun protection. Think of a tinted moisturizer or foundation with the benefits of SPF.
Evolving from BB creams, CC creams have taken their place as the must-have beauty product. Compared to their BB predecessors, CC creams – which usually stand for “Color Correcting” – tend to have a more lightweight texture, help to even out skin tone, and contain additional skincare-related benefits such as moisturizing, and treatment of blemishes and spots.