Like most people, I learned my alphabets as a child. I remember learning them long before I entered kindergarten. My mom spent a lot of time homeschooling me before I officially began “real school” so I’ve known my ABC’s for years. Alas, I have to relearn them. Now there’s BB and CC…in creams, that is. I’ve been wearing makeup for over 30 years and I know about lipstick, eye shadow, and foundation. I’m comfortable with those things. But why, oh why, did the makeup world have to introduce BB Cream and CC Cream…and every other kind of alphabet cream? Isn’t it all the same? And why these double letters? (Sigh)
John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back Kotter” (Yes I’m a 70s kid)
Long story short, curiosity killed the cat, but it didn’t kill me! My desire to know led me to research and find out more about these alphabets…er…creams.
Once upon a time, there was a woman named Miss Foundation who met a man named Mr. Cream. They fell in love, married, and became Mr. and Mrs. Cream. (NOTE: Mrs. Cream was known professionally as Mrs. Foundation-Cream.) They gave birth to a girl and named her BB Cream. They gave birth to a second child shortly thereafter, another girl, and named her CC Cream. BB and CC were very close. The sisters looked and acted alike, but they were not twins. People asked Mr. and Mrs. Cream how they were able to tell their daughters apart. Mr. Cream stood clueless. Of course, Mrs. Cream (or Mrs. Foundation-Cream) readily spoke up and explained the differences between her two girls.
So…of course, I’m being silly and this story is obviously a tale. However, I wanted to illustrate that the two creams are not the same as I initially thought. And the two creams are not the same as foundation…as I also initially thought. They are all separate products that are related to each other. I’ll attempt to explain now.
BB Cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. It was developed by a German dermatologist named Dr. Christine Schrammek and is widely used in Asian markets. Its purpose is to correct flaws/blemishes and even out the skin tone. It has the benefit of being lighter than foundation, but thicker than tinted moisturizers. BB Cream has been so well received that many companies don’t even make tinted moisturizer anymore. The amazing thing is that it can substitute for many things at the same time. It can serve as a tinted moisturizer, a primer under foundation, sunblock, and can act as a foundation on its own. Some have anti-aging ingredients. The downside is that BB Cream doesn’t come in as many shades as foundation so choices are often limited. For example, the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream comes in five shades, but the Avon Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation comes in 22 shades.
CC Cream stands for color correcting, complexion corrector, or color control. it is a spinoff of BB Cream and its purpose is to correct and even out skin conditions like rosacea or redness and blotchiness. In a nutshell, it does the same thing as its sister, BB, but provides a treatment in addition to serving as a makeup. It includes ingredients like lycopene to calm redness. It is recommended that folks in need of CC Cream use it as a primer under foundation.
It is said that the BB Cream focuses on preventing conditions whereas the CC Cream focuses on hiding conditions.
Yes…there’s DD Cream (sigh). Makeup companies could not give up the alphabets and have created DD Cream which stands for daily defense or dynamic d0-all. It is touted as a major skin protector with SPF sun protection and ingredients to keep the skin hydrated/moisturized.
And no….we’re not done. Can you guess what’s next?
You’re a smart cookie…
How creative! (intentionally sarcastic) Yes, there is an EE Cream. WTH? Depending on the manufacturer, it stands for extra exfoliating or even effect. I neither have the patience nor the interest to explain.
I hope there are no FF Creams in our future. If so, I can be creative and tell you what I think the F should stand for! (Grrr) However, I think I want to keep my blog rated G for General Audiences.
Enough of these alphabets.