We’ve had BB Creams, which technically stand for either Blemish Balm (originated in Korea) or Beauty Balm. What is a CC Cream and why do we want one?
CC Creams are great for women who are not confident with foundation but want a little coverage, or for women who occasionally want a “barely there” coverage. Think weekends, sport, shopping.
The two Cs stands for Complexion Corrector or Colour Corrector which describes this product’s ability to target specific skin issues like covering and treating sallow skin and other skin discolourations like redness and age spots. Most variations of CC Creams are buildable, which means you can apply a little, then add more over the top until you achieve the desired coverage. They contain light reflecting properties to help minimise and neutralise redness in the skin, and they also provide light, foundation-like coverage. Many also include SPF’s, skin-brightening properties and skin-plumping peptides in their formulation, as well as antioxidants to treat deeper wrinkles and soften fine lines.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Revlon Age Defying CC Cream
Perfect for: Slightly drier skins
Perfect because: Full of hydration benefits
MAC PREP + PRIME CC COLOUR CORRECTING SPF 30
Perfect for: Uneven skintones
Perfect because: Great range of colours for specific problem
CLINIQUE Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector
Perfect for: Combination skins
Perfect because: It’s oil free
Benefits: Moisturizes, Multitasks, SPF
Skin Types: Works for all skin types.
One simple step for glowing skin. Lightweight formula instantly colour corrects a range of complexion concerns - redness, dullness, sallowness - so all you see is a healthy-looking glow. Oil-free hydration and sunscreen mean a more flawless look tomorrow, too. Each of the 4 versatile shades is appropriate for a range of skin tones and undertones.
Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 50
Perfect for: Sun sensitive skins
Perfect because: High protection of Broad Spectrum SPF50, 3 shades
UVA / UVB Broad Spectrum
Jojoba, Vit E, Chamomile. All calming
The cream contains among others Grapeseed, jojoba, evening primrose, chamomile and aloe help to keep skin soft and supple, and work to protect it from free radical damage, supporting cell repair and moisture levels, so it is a true multi-tasking product with skincare meeting foundation, as this is all you need – and as it also contains broad spectrum SPF 50, it even has your sun protection needs covered too.
The cream is very light – surprisingly considering the high SPF – and is so easy to blend onto the skin, absorbing quickly, and without any stickiness. Often high SPF products make my skin look shiny and feel greasy almost as if it cannot breathe, but this cream feels lovely on my combination skin, and wears very well through the day too!
Max Factor CC Cream
Perfect for: Tricky skin colours
Perfect because: It’s available in 6 shades
This is a clever little ‘does it all’ formula that combines the benefits of flawless coverage with added skincare ingredients that moisturise and smooth the look of your skin.