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What’s the difference between BB and CC cream?

Published: 22/02/2024 | Author: Amanda Aleljung

You’ve likely heard of BB creams and CC creams already – these alphabetic formulations have taken over the makeup shelves the last couple of years. But do you know what they do? Because they are not quite the same! By understanding the difference between these products you’ll be able to choose the right one for your skin. Let’s clear it up!

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What is a BB cream?

The BB cream, short for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm, is essentially a tinted moisturiser packed with skincare benefits like SPF and antioxidants. The BB cream is designed to hydrate, protect, and correct the skin. However, it’s important to keep in mind that BB creams are tinted, and we don’t use enough of it to get full protection from the sun. So, add some extra sunscreen to your routine and you’ll be good to go!
The BB cream offers sheer coverage and light texture – think thinner than a foundation yet thicker than a regular tinted moisturiser ¬– which is perfect when you want that no-makeup makeup look.

Choose the right BB cream for you

There are BB creams suitable for all skin types out there, so choose one that matches your skin the best. If you have sensitive or dry skin, you should check out The One A-Z Cream Hydra SPF 30. The super hydrating formula of this BB cream helps protect, care, and soothe your skin all day long.
Do you have oily or combination skin? Choose a BB cream with a matte finish like The One A-Z Cream Hydra Matte SPF 30. It minimises the appearance of pores and covers blemishes for an all-day matte and even look.

What is a CC cream?

If you suffer from skin concerns such as redness, blemishes, and dark spots, then your best bet could be a CC cream. The CC cream is popular for its colour correcting features, which means that it helps neutralise the appearance of imperfections and even out your skin tone.
When it comes to skincare benefits, the CC and BB creams are very similar. Just like the BB cream, the CC cream often contains SPF, antioxidants, hydration, and some are even packed with anti-ageing properties.
CC creams are lighter in texture than BB creams and offer medium to full coverage. So, if you are looking for an all-in-one lightweight product that can give you a bit more coverage and even out your complexion, then you should go for a CC cream. Another plus is that the CC cream can be worn underneath a foundation to get that extra coverage for redness.

Choose the right CC cream for you

Our Giordani Gold Radiant Gel CC SPF 25 is a matte CC cream crafted with hyaluronic acid that deeply hydrates the skin – say hello to radiant glow! Colour-correcting pigments blur imperfections and minimise the look of pores, giving you a flawless complexion.
Another gem in our product catalogue is the Giordani Gold CC Cream SPF 30 + UVA Protection. Its non-comedogenic formula is elevated with a powerful Age Defying Shield to deliver all-day hydration, and the best part – it’s Certified with The Vegan Society™!

When should you use a BB or CC cream?

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As we’ve established, the BB and CC cream are multitasking products, since they’re part moisturisers, part base makeup, and even part primer. They are perfect to wear on days when you don’t want to have that much makeup on, but still don’t want to be bare faced. Using a BB or CC cream is very simple. Just blend it in with your fingertips, brush, or makeup sponge and you’ll achieve a stunning look in seconds!
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