Taking the confusion out of CC creams

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013

CC Creams

Given the recent success of BB Creams, many cosmetic companies have launched a sister product, CC creams. Unfortunately, their introduction has caused some confusion. So in the same Q&A style as my BB Mania post, hopefully I can clarify things a bit more:

What are CC creams?

CC stands for complexion correction, or colour correction. Like BB creams, CC creams are a skincare and makeup product all-in-one. You can expect most CC creams to include sunscreen, moisturising ingredients and a tint of colour. If you intend to use a CC cream in place of your regular sunscreen, check that it has broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) sunscreen protection as not all of them do.

Do CC creams differ from BB creams or tinted moisturisers?

In my opinion, they don’t. While they are marketed as different things, I believe all three essentially do the same thing.  So if you’re looking for an all-in-one product, disregard their names, and do some on-counter testing of all three. There is a big variance in coverage levels and colour options between brands.

Are they better than regular foundation?

This is the question I get asked the most. Better is the wrong word because it assumes that BB/CC creams and foundations are the same thing and they’re not. I recommend using BB/CC creams at times when you’re either very time poor, or on holiday with luggage restrictions. It’s good for convenience but it won’t even out your skin the way a foundation does.

Do I use BB/CC creams in my kit?

At this stage no. My first reservation is the limited colour range – most brands offer only a handful of colours which means everyone else misses out.  My second concern is the sunscreen factor. I prefer using an invisible (no colour) sunscreen as a separate step. The Cancer Council recommends using a half to one teaspoon of sunscreen for your face alone, and it’s much easier to do this when there isn’t a colour involved. Unsurprisingly, most people I’ve asked who use a BB/CC cream apply much less than that. They are so light handed with their application (a few dots around the face blended in), that their level of sun protection would actually be very minimal.

Pictured above, one of the newest CC creams to be released, Clinique’s CC Cream. Available in 4 shades.

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