We suspect that the most-asked questions about BB creams are, “What are they?” and “Do I need one?” And just to make things more confusing, there are now CC creams and launching in June, a DD cream. Clearly, the double-letter trend has caught on. But does a bride really need one of these tubes? Let’s go back to the drawing board.
What is is: The initials BB stand for beauty balm. The product concept was originally from Germany, where it was created for patients to cover-up after a medical procedure.
What it does: A multi-tasker, it serves as a light foundation, a moisturizer, SPF, and usually has some skincare ingredients that are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and soothing.
Who might want it: Busy brides looking for a one-stop beauty product. Unless you have pretty flawless skin though, it might not give you enough coverage on the big day.
Where to find it: Everyone from Garnier, Cover Girl, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Clarins, and The Body Shop has one. Check out your favorite brands and you’ll likely find one with a beauty balm.
What is is: Color control cream
What it does: In addition to the benefits of the BB cream, it usually has more pigmentation, additional active ingredients, and higher SPF.
Who might want it: Those who are looking for a little more coverage or additional benefits. Think a great all-in-one for honeymoons.
Where to find it: A little less common than the BB cream, they’re still widely available from major companies like Clinique, Chanel, Olay, and (launching just this month), Peter Thomas Roth.
What is is: Dynamic Do All
What it does: Protects skin, moisturizes, diminishes fine lines, and balances uneven tone.
Who might want it: It’s hard to say what makes the DD cream so different from the CC cream, but expect even more benefits—whether you'll really see a difference between C and D we'll leave up for debate.
Where to find it: So far, the only one available is from Julep, which launches their DD Crème in June.
(Photo from the L'Oreal BB campaign, via Sassi Sam)