What are BB & CC Creams?
BB creams, or ‘blemish balms’, build on the idea of tinted moisturizer, featuring a formula that offers semi-sheer coverage along with skin care actives like antioxidants, peptides, and SPF. CC, or ‘color correcting’ creams perform all the above while also addressing pigmentation concerns, such as redness and hyperpigmentation, with targeted ingredients. Both typically are heavier than inted moisturizer but lighter and dewer than foundation.
How To Use BB and CC Creams?
The process for applying BB and CC creams is the same — and incredibly simple. Start by blending the product over your entire face using a circular motion. Then, dab concealer around your nostrils, on any red spots or blemishes and the dark circles under your eyes. If you’d like, finish with a very light dusting of bronzer.
BB & CC Creams for Lips, Hair & Body
BB and CC creams are moving off the face and applying their beauty perfecting powers head to toe.
For the past few years, BB and CC creams have been a favorite tool for hiding facial imperfections while also fighting the tell-tale signs of aging using antioxidant- and peptide-packed formulas. A new crop of creams is taking the concept to new levels, coloring and correcting head to toe.
FOR LIPS: StriVectin CC Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Lip Tint
Buy Now: $19
Just as CC creams do for wrinkles, this targeted balm blurs frustrating lip lines while hydrating and plumping in equal measure.
FOR EYES: Physicians Formula Super BB 10-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer
Buy Now: $9.71 at Drugstore.com
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t need a little help concealing dark circles, puffiness, imperfections, blemishes, and redness? This eye-centric BB Cream is brightening and hydrating, covering fine lines without creasing into them. Included among its skincare actives is a dose of SPF 30, for all of us who spend way too much time squinting at the sun.
FOR BODY: Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream
Buy Now: $8.99
The first thought that popped into our heads when we learned about Jergens’ BB for Body: ‘What took so long?’ This first-to-market game-changer instantly smoothes legs, arms and everywhere in between with a sheer, ever-so-lightly tinted formulation that addresses stretch marks, cellulite, and blotchy skin. It won’t replace your self-tanner, but will imbue skin with just a touch of subtle, smudge-free color.
FOR HAIR: Pantene Ultimate 10 BB Creme 10-in-1 Hair Perfector
Buy Now: $6.99 at Drugstore.com
Pantene was the first brand to create BB cream for hair, and it’s an all-in-one wonder of epic proportions. No, we’re not exaggerating; It’s pretty amazing. Whether your hair is dry, needs smoothing, softening, is damaged, has frizz, needs heat protection, or just a little help taming flyaways, one or two pumps will fortify and add manageability.
FOR FACE: Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating BB Cream With SPF 30
Buy Now: $38 at Sephora
BB creams for the face are nothing new, and the endless array of options can be mind-boggling. However, the Stila BB cream is one we keep coming back. The slight shimmer of their illuminating version is subtle enough that it won’t leave you feeling like a night club reject. It lasts all day, includes an SPF 30 (more than most) and lets you glow without ever feeling shiny.