BB, CC, DD and EE? What does it mean!?

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Remember the good old days when buying makeup was easy? Before all the tinted moisturizers, BB, CC, DD and EE creams? Now days, you’re in the cosmetics store thinking to yourself, “What in the world does this acronym stand for? It looks all the same? Aren’t they the same? I think I need all of them?” I understand your makeup dilemma and I’m here to answer all those questions you’ve been pondering.

Let’s start with the basics, tinted moisturizer. Tinted Moisturizer is just that, moisturizer that is lightly tinted for light coverage. Tinted Moisturizer is suitable for those “natural look” type days, or for women who don’t prefer wearing foundation. Tinted moisturizers are lightweight and have the same benefits as your regular moisturizer, with one exception, it has skin-tinting pigments which creates the color. Some, if not most tinted moisturizers have SPF, and is more hydrating to the skin. Depending on the brand, tinted moisturizers can have different benefits, such as SPF, anti-aging, pore perfecting, and added vitamins/antioxidants for healthier skin. Tinted Moisturizers can be worn alone for a natural dewy look or under makeup as a little extra coverage.

The Original Tinted Moisturizer and what does and does not offer:

*SPF 30+

*Hydrating

*Anti-aging and added antioxidants

*Dewy, Healthy finish

*Can be worn alone or as a primer under foundation

The first acronym that came into the makeup scene was the BB cream. What does that mean? BB cream is known as “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm.” Beauty Balm sounds more appealing so we will go with that, plus it really has nothing to do with blemish correction or prevention. BB creams were developed as an “all in one skin-perfecting” product, that delivers moisturizer, SPF 30+ protection, skin color correction and coverage. BB creams work as a primer with light reflecting properties, that smoothes the skin just as a makeup primer. BB creams are suitable for those natural look type days, or for women who don’t prefer wearing foundation as well. Sounds a little like our friend, Tinted Moisturizer. The difference between the two products and what BB cream does and does not offer:
*Acne prone skin (has no benefits other then coverage)

*Comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

*Can be used alone or under foundation as a primer

*Can feel heavier then Tinted Moisturizer

*Not Suitable for dry or combination skin

Hello to our friend CC! CC Cream stands for “Color Correcting” or “Color Control Cream”. This product was developed for skin color correction such as redness, discoloration and sun/age spots. Works kind of like a correcting primer, except it’s for all over coverage, with moisturizer and has a heavier feel. So what’s the difference between our BB cream and CC cream, well other then name, there’s really not that much of a difference. The differences between the two products and what CC does and does not offer:

*Tend to have a lighter feel, compared to the BB creams

*Developed for skin-color correction (redness such as rosacea and age/skin spots)

*Acne prone skin (has no benefits other then coverage)

*Can be worn alone or under foundation as a primer

*Comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

What in the word is DD cream? Is it the hybrid of creams? The magic in a tube, offering skin perfecting wonders? The mother load of tinted facial creams? DD Cream stands for “Daily Defense.” Daily Defense was another way for Beauty Developers to create the ultimate, tinted skincare cream, with maximum benefits. Daily Defense creams are known for having antioxidants, anti-aging, SPF 30+ protection, lightweight feel yet hydrating, light coverage and mineral based. DD creams also offer skin correction (evening out your skin tone), pore minimizing, soothes blemish, skin irritations and redness. Unlike our other friends, DD creams only offer one shade, Light to Medium. The reason for the one color, the product is known to self adjust according to the users skin tone.

Are you still with me? Hope I didn’t lose you. I know this can seem a little overwhelming. It’s a lot of information for a handful of facial creams named after acronyms. I promise we’re almost done! Let’s proceed, the differences between new comer DD, our friend CC and our original Tinted moisturizer and what it does and does not offer:

*DD creams contain antioxidants, anti-aging and SPF 30+ protection

*Suitable for All-skin types and concerns

*Lighter feel then our friend CC and some what lighter then our original Tinted Moisturizer, with more skin hydrating properties

*Mineral Based

*Can be used alone or as primer under foundation

*Self adjusting color (Light to Medium)

Last but not least EE cream! EE cream is kind of the loner of our group of acronym friends, but a lovable one. Theres two types of EE creams, One is referred to as “Extra Enlightening,” and the other is referred to as “Extra Exfoliating.” Extra Enlightening cream is also an all in one product that minimizes appearance of pores, redness, blemishes, while adding hydration and other skin benefiting ingredients. Extra Exfoliating  cream goes on as a cream, gently exfoliates your skin, and used as a facial cleanser. Skin 101, exfoliating your skin reveals healthier, smoother and younger looking skin. Exfoliating your skin also prepares your skin for moisturizer and smoother looking makeup application. I do not recommend exfoliating daily. Over exfoliating can cause dryness and strip away your natural oils

*Two different types of EE creams.

*Extra Exfoliate, gentle exfoliating cream cleanser

*Extra Enlightening Cream was developed for skin-color correction (redness such as rosacea and age/skin spots, as well as post acne scars).

*Extra Enlightening can be worn alone or under foundation as a primer

*Extra Enlightening Cream comes in a few shades (Light, Light-Med, Medium, Med-Dark, Dark) which makes it difficult to color match

We did it! We have cleared up the use and benefits of the acronym facial cream phenomenon. I do not except you to remember all the information you just read. I can only recommend asking a beauty professional when in doubt. Just like in school, “no question is a dumb question, We are here to help.”

Hope you enjoyed reading “BB, CC, DD and EE? What does it mean!?”

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