Heard of Bebe & Cece Winans, the gospel singing duo? Well, the newest “BB” and “CC” discovery is not a singing group. “BB Cream” and “CC Cream” have taken over the beauty market, and just about every cosmetic company offers either/or if not both. These all-in-one, multi-functioning, broad spectrum SPF creams are perfect for the non-makeup wearer or for those who prefer less coverage. Both have a lot to offer in one step and can be worn alone or under foundation. So what’s the difference between the two?
BB Cream: The BB stands for “Beauty Balm”. It’s a foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen in one. A typical foundation offers a very low amount of sun protection if any. According to the FDA, a product can not be labeled “broad spectrum” unless it contains a minimum SPF15. BB Creams contain a much higher SPF and the higher protection is ideal when it comes to preventing UV damage and skin cancer.
Laura Geller’s BB Cream has an SPF21 and is perfect for sensitive skin. It contains only physical sunscreen (Zinc and Titanium Dioxide) and no parabens. It is also water-resistant and has a blend of antioxidants to prevent aging.
CC Cream: The CC stands for “Color Corrector”. You can also think of the CC as “complexion concerns”. In addition to being your foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen, the product also contains ingredients to address discoloration, such as redness, dullness or dark spots.
Clinique has both a BB and a CC cream with an SPF30. The BB Cream appeals to an oily skin since it is sweat proof, anti-aging and oil controlling. The CC cream appeals to a drier skin and is in the “Moisture Surge” line. It delivers hydration and color correction throughout the day. Was this article helpful? Follow @savvyspagirl on twitter or click “subscribe” to receive alerts on related topics.