Do you know the difference between a BB, CC, or DD cream? Sometimes even Undercover Agents get a little puzzled. That’s why we turned to Board Certified dermatologist, Dr. Rebecca Baxt, to teach us our ABCs!
BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. First developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream to protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments, the all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and then spread throughout Asia. Today, almost every major beauty company has a BB cream which focuses on priming the skin and providing hydration.
CC creams are known as complexion correctors or correct and cover creams. Packed to the gills with vitamins C and E, they are similar to BB cream, but focus on color correction and coverage. Lighter than BB creams, a CC cream helps with redness, acne, dark spots, sallowness and more. According to Dr. Baxt, “if you’re acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness, CC cream is for you.” And if discoloration is your primary concern then start with CC creams, she adds, because “you will more than likely find a product that contains skin-brightening ingredients such as arbutin or daisy flower extract.”
DD creams are the daily defense or dynamic do-alls. Fresh to the alphabet soup, these products combine the power and benefits of both BB and CC creams; however, their primary focus is anti-aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally DD cream will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin. “If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, this cream is the cream for you,” says Dr. Baxt, adding, “look for an alphabet cream full of ingredients like retinol, firming peptides or adenosine.” (more…)
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Honey from the Manuka Tree in New Zeland has been hailed by natives for its unique flavor and extensive health benefits. That’s why Miracle Skin Transformer’s founder, Sarah McNamara, let us in on one of her favorite hometown beauty secrets. Featuring the amber liquid and a blend of more than thirty moisturizers and emollient ingredients, MST’s Heal Everything Balm instantly hydrates the skin, while relieving irritation from everything ranging from sports and shaving injuries to burns, bites and bee stings. This multi-purpose balm is perfect for the vanity and the medicine cabinet!