Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream


Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream


In recent times, the beauty market is flooded with an array of alphabetical creams. I am talking here about the BB creams, CC creams and DD creams[Yes, DD creams do exist, but as of now they are available overseas only. But I have no doubt that they will flood the Indian markets soon]. So, with all the alphabetical music-chair happening in the cosmetic industry, it can be really confusing as to what all those alphabets stands for and more importantly, which of those formulations will suit your skin type the best. So today, I will be talking about the differences between BB creams, CC creams and DD creams and try my best to explain which of those might be the best formulations for your skin.

Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream

 


History of BB, CC and DD Creams: It is said that BB creams were first formulated by German Dermatologists, who prescribed it to their patience’s who underwent cosmetic surgery because BB creams were supposed to protect and improve the skin yet give light coverage to cover up the surgery scars. Then, it was introduced into Korean markets where women went crazy over its claims and it was rumored to be the secret behind flawlessness of Korean actresses. In the recent years, BB cream were introduced into western and Indian markets. Following the popularity of BB creams in Korea, CC creams and more recently DD creams were introduced in the Asian markets which eventually made into the western markets.


Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream:


BB creams:

 

Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
BB in BB creams stand for blemish balm/beauty balm. BB cream is supposed to be an all-in-one product. That means, it claims to have the benefits of serum, moisturizer, sunscreen, foundation… etc, in a single tube. So instead of spending time and money on all those products, you can use 1 single product. Depending on different companies, the benefits of each BB cream varies. BB creams don’t come in a lot of shades, but most of them are designed to oxidize to match the skin-tone of the user. That means, even if a particular BB cream doesn’t match your skin tone, it will automatically adjust to your skin tone once you apply it. Magic? Maybe. As far as I know, these oxidizing BB creams are available only in Asian market. The western and Indian BB creams don’t claim to match the users skin tone on application.
Coverage: They provide sheer coverage similar to a tinted moisturizer.
Finish: The finish of most BB creams is dewy, since it has moisturizing properties.
Who should use it: People with normal to dry skin will benefit the most form BB creams as these are moisturizing, has SPF and gives sheer coverage.

 

CC Creams: 

 

Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
CC in CC creams stand for color correction. CC creams are marketed as Color correcting creams which is supposed to correct discolorations left behind by acne scars, sun damage, etc. at the same time it moisturizes the skin and protects it from sun. Again, depending on different companies, the added benefits of each CC cream varies. But all of them are formulated to correct the discolorations on the skin, no matter what their added benefits are.
Coverage: CC creams provides more coverage than a BB cream but a lot less than a foundation.
Finish: The finish of a CC cream is matte. It is also supposed to control excessive oil production in the skin.

Who should use it: Women with oily, acne prone skin with imperfections such as acne marks will benefit the most from CC creams.


DD creams:

 

Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream
More recently, the Korean markets were flooded with DD creams. DD in DD creams stand for Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-all Cream[shouldn’t it be DDA cream then?]. DD cream is supposed to have the combined benefits of BB and CC creams with the added advantage of anti-aging properties. That means, it will moisturize, protect your skin from sun damage, reduce discoloration but at the same time provide anti-aging benefits such as reduction of fine-lines and wrinkles. Its more like a tinted anti-aging cream.
Coverage: They provide more coverage than a BB cream but a lot less than a foundation.
Finish: Since they provide anti-aging benefits, they are dewy in finish.
Who should use it: Mature women with fine lines can benefit from DD cream.

That covers it all. Some of the most popular BB creams in India are from Garnier, maybelline, revlon. But, everyday I see a new BB cream being launched by a different company here. When it comes to CC creams, Lakme CC cream is the the only popular CC cream in India so far[as far as I know]. DD creams are yet to be launched in India.

I am waiting for the launch of EE creams, FF creams,  GG creams, HH creams…………………….and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I hope this helped,
xoxo
S

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38 Comments on Difference Between BB Cream, CC Cream & DD Cream

  1. kiran
    November 13, 2013 at 10:36 AM (1 year ago)

    Great post. With all these creams coming in everyday it really was a confusion as to what are they actually used for. Thankx

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 4:56 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks! I am glad this helped you. :)

      Reply
  2. Shivi@COSMOCHICS
    November 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM (1 year ago)

    Nice post! CC’s are the best for oily skin!

    Reply
  3. Jyoti
    November 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM (1 year ago)

    Gr8 post Sahana :) really informative, i really didn’t know about DD cream, but i have used BB and CC creams. I have oily skin and CC cream works best for me :)

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 4:57 AM (1 year ago)

      True Jyothi, CC is the best for oily skin types.

      Reply
  4. Arzoo
    November 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM (1 year ago)

    This is seriously an informative article, I never knew about all this, you have so deep knowledge about makeup and keep on guiding us through all this. Good work dear :)

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 4:57 AM (1 year ago)

      Awww, thanks Arzoo. Glad you liked this.

      Reply
  5. Vipra S
    November 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM (1 year ago)

    Great compilation and well explained in detail .. Great work sweets :)
    Thumps up .. Thanks for sharing dear <3

    Reply
  6. Saniya@beautynbuzz
    November 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM (1 year ago)

    Nicely written post Sahana…very informative :)

    Reply
  7. rachna sharma
    November 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM (1 year ago)

    loved the compilation…great post and great work!

    Reply
  8. Preeti Kaur
    November 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM (1 year ago)

    Well explained Sahana :) I still need more coverage than these bb/cc/dd cream provide :(

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 4:59 AM (1 year ago)

      Me too! Truthfully, I like my tinted moisturizers better than any of these creams. I feel like the claims are too big and hence untrue.

      Reply
  9. Shreya Kulkarni
    November 14, 2013 at 12:14 PM (1 year ago)

    I really loved this post ! you did a brilliant job of explaining the difference !
    My favourites are BBz n CCz ;)

    Reply
  10. Charu Sharma
    November 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM (1 year ago)

    amazing post Sahana..loved the detailed difference between all!! very interesting and informative :)

    Reply
  11. Niesha Jeenwal
    November 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM (1 year ago)

    Nice compilation and informative post Sahana!! I want to try DD creams now.:)

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 5:05 AM (1 year ago)

      heheh, I hope it launches in India soon. Thanks Niesha!

      Reply
  12. Anonymous
    November 15, 2013 at 9:16 AM (1 year ago)

    Hello Sahana,

    Smart blog!

    Just a quick correction, “CoNtinue reading” under every post is misspelt.

    Keep up the good work! :)

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM (1 year ago)

      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for letting me know! I can’t believe that continue was miss-spelt all this while…

      Reply
  13. Karishma
    November 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM (1 year ago)

    Very informative post!

    Reply
  14. Laura
    November 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM (1 year ago)

    So in love with your blog,really! I’ve just discovered it and I’ve been kept by your unique and amazing style, you got one more daily reader honey, I think your style fits perfectly with mine and I find you so inspiring, if you want you can have a look to my blog too, and maybe if you like it we can also follow each other, just let me know and congrats again, you’re having such a great job :)
    Laura
    http://gowestyoungcowgirl.blogspot.com

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Laura! Definitely be following you :)

      Reply
  15. Angel Pinkoolaid
    November 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM (1 year ago)

    oh wow this is helpful hahaha so far im stuck in the bb cream dept because I’m not convinced the cc and dd creams are really all that different or great

    http://www.pinkoolaid.com/

    Reply
    • sahana ramanand
      November 23, 2013 at 11:41 AM (1 year ago)

      They are not! I really think they are just a market gimmick.

      Reply

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