A Guide to BB, CC, DD and EE Creams

May 05, 2015

You've probably came across a bunch of these double lettered creams, and wonder what exactly do they do? These creams have become extremely popular in the last few years. You can find these just about everywhere from high-end beauty stores, drugstores, and even mass merchandise stores like Target and Wal-Mart.

If you're not sure what they are, well you are in the right place. I have put together a guide for these creams to help you get started.

BB Creams:
It was mainly sold in the Asian market as "Blemish Balm" until it was introduce to the western market as "Beauty Balm". The BB cream is most closely related to a tinted moisturizers and contains skin care benefits. It can served as primer, moisturizer, and foundation. The BB cream is lightweight, and provide a sheer coverage, if you are looking to get full coverage it is best to use BB cream as a premier under foundation or powder. The BB creams contain ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally occurring between your skin cells to moisturize your skin. As we age, hyaluronic acid diminishes which can lead to dryness and fine lines. BB cream texture is creamy.
CC cream stands for "Color Correcting" or "Color Control". The CC cream primery focus is to color related issues such as uneven skin complexions, acne, dullness, dark spots, redness, or discoloration. This tinted moisturizer also provides anti-aging benefits to help soften fine lines, it contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and SPF 15 or higher (varies by brand). The texture is lighter than a BB cream, but gives full coverage yet it's lightweight like the BB cream. 

Dermadoctor DD Cream        Julep DD Cream

DD Creams:
Newly introduce to the market is the DD cream, which stands for "Daily Defense", "Dynamic Do-all", or "Dermatologically Defining". Regardless of what you want to call it, the DD cream provide all the benefits of the BB and CC cream combined, but its focus is anti-aging.. This cream targets fine lines and wrinkles.

EE Creams:
EE Cream stands for Even Effect, it was introduce to the market by Estee Lauder, and they are they only one making it. The EE cream is ultra-sheer moisturizer to help minimized the look of dark spots, sun spots, post acne marks or blemishes, and redness. It also aims to softens and hydrates your skin. It also contains SPF 30 to help prevent sun and environmental damages that lead to uneven skintone

Do you have a favorite BB/CC/DD/EE cream? Comment below. Don't forget to share.

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