What is CC Cream and Why Should I Use It?


New beauty products show up on the store shelves on a regular basis, each one promising to do something miraculous to your skin so that you can look like you just had a makeover in your own home. If you are interested in finding anti-aging cosmetics that truly work, you may find yourself overwhelmed as you browse the selection at your local drug store.

These days, CC Cream seems to be all the rage when it comes to the best in beauty products. It turns out that this miraculous solution can actually be your face’s best friend when it comes to hiding blemishes and giving you a clear, wrinkle-free look.

So what is CC Cream and why do I have to rush out and buy it right now?

Get Flawless Coverage with CC Cream

CC Creams have been a popular choice for beauty experts in Asia and Europe over the past few years. And now they have made their way to the US, quickly becoming a cosmetic mainstay product. This is thanks in part to the current makeup trends.

CC Cream became very popular around 2010 after the introduction of BB cream, when the “no makeup” makeup trend was at its highest peak, according to Alexis Ferro, the lead artist at Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge. “Now it’s been around for a while and I can’t envision it going anywhere because of its great corrective abilities.”

What is the Difference Between BB, CC and DD Creams?

Shopping for your makeup should not be as difficult as finding a new bra. But with these new types of correction concealers available in BB, CC, and DD varieties, the experience is starting to become very similar.

BB creams provide you with coverage with added skin care benefits such as SPF and antioxidants. They are lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers.

CC creams address issues such as redness or sallowness. whereas BB creams are like lighter foundation with a few skin care benefits thrown in. “CC cream is a color corrector and will be lighter on the skin than a BB cream.

DD creams are new to the world of beauty and are being described as a BB/CC hybrid. They are marketed as a daily defense cream that is not just for your face but instead they are a line of “heavy duty body and foot creams.” So now there is another letter to add to the list of confusing cosmetic and skin care choices.

CC Cream is Not a Multitasking Product Like BB Cream

Unlike using multitasking creams like BB (which stands for beauty balm), which provide you with an SPF foundation, concealer, moisturizer and primer all in one, The “CC” in CC cream provides less overall coverage but is ideal for covering up redness and sunspots. “CC creams have more targeted uses and are best for those with hyperpigmentation or problem skin,” says Ferro.

So there you have it, if you have unwanted redness or dark spots on your face, and you want to simply cover them up without all the additional ingredients added in, then CC cream is an ideal choice for you. (However, it is still a good idea to always wear SPF that is either applied separately or that is combined with your makeup).

An Ideal Product for Skin Redness and Discoloration

Even though CC cream products are not the same as BB multi-care products, it can do double duty as a light foundation if you prefer a very light coverage, according to Nordstrom National Beauty Director, MaryNell Maddox. People love that it doesn’t feel heavy and still manages to hide redness or other skin discoloration, she says.

How to Apply CC Cream

Applying CC Cream can be tricky at first, so Ferro suggest that you use a Beauty Blender makeup sponge. “CC cream is a buildable formula, which is especially important in areas that need more correcting,” she says. “Using a Beauty Blender allows you to build the product while still having an even finish.” If you don’t have a makeup sponge, use your fingers. “A small amount of product should be dotted on the cheeks, chin, and forehead,” Maddox says. “Blend over the face using a patting motion to maximize coverage.”

If you are interested in trying out some CC cream, Maddox has made a few suggestions. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, MAC CC Cream Color Corrector and SPF 30, Bobbi Brown CC Cream SPF 35, and Chanel Complete Correct SPF 5.