By Naomi Gurney
If you’ve set foot in Edgars, Woolworths or anywhere near a cosmetics counter lately, chances are you’ve been bombarded by a bewildering array of flesh colored fluids. The alphabet formulations, BB cream, CC cream, and soon DD creams have joined tinted moisturizers and standard foundation on the shelves as potential skin-perfecting options. But what do they do and what is the difference?
I was recently introduced to a LOreal BB cream and was amazed by the results. As a mum of 2 young kids I have very little time to treat my skin. This was quick and easy and gave great coverage whilst feeling like a moisturiser.
The 3 main competitors on the market:
The name is pretty self explanatory: The product gives you a bit of color with a moisturizing benefit, the colour is usually pretty sheer. I’m sure when customers try the new alphabet creams this type of foundation will be discontinued.
BB creams made their European debut in 2011 following their huge success in the Asian market, and quickly made an impact on the beauty world. Some companies refer to them as Blemish Balms, others as Beauty Balms, but the general consensus is that they should provide moisturisation, SPF protection and sheer coverage alongside soothing and healing properties – preventing the need for numerous separate products.
The similarity to tinted moisturisers has been noted, but BB creams are designed to go one step further – with additions such as hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to regenerate skin. Originally created by dermatologists for patients who had gone through laser skin surgery, the idea is that they actually provide genuine benefits for the skin – as well as providing enough coverage to be used as either a foundation or a primer, depending upon your preference.
Ingredients that make BB creams work:
Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C
Moisturizing workhorses like hyaluronic acid and glycerin
Ingredients such as licorice and arbutin that help even out skin tone
Light-reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish
Silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, that help smooth the skin, acting much like a foundation primer does
CC stands for Colour Control, Colour Correction or Complexion Corrector – depending on which brand you opt for. Like BB creams they boost skincare properties, provide SPF protection, tackle the signs of ageing and keep skin hydrated and moisturised. Like a multi-purpose tinted moisturiser, but with a thinner, lighter formula and the added benefit of colour-correcting technology. They also reduce dark spots and redness, and brighten the complexion.
So if you want to try a lighter foundation this summer with the great coverage and skin benefits give these a try, it will even save you money.