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BB, CC, DD and PP Creams: Know the Difference

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Flawless, smooth, clear, perfect complexion – it’s the ultimate dream of all women! In days of yore, foundations and compact powder ruled the beauty market. Gone are the days when one has access to limited options. 

Today, the beauty & cosmetics industry offers a bewildering sea of possibilities. BB cream, CC cream, DD cream, PP cream – you name it, and you’ll find it. But with a plethora of choices comes a wave of confusion – which cream is best suitable for your skin, which cream is responsible for which function. 

Before you shortlist any cream, let’s see which one is the right choice for your skin. 


BB Cream

Short for beauty balm or blemish balm, BB cream was originally formulated in the 1960s by German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek to shield her patients’ skin after facial surgery. Many years later, it re-emerged in the Korean market, earning massive popularity with a host of benefits. 

The BB craze is the real deal globally today. It is creamy, moisturizing, quick-absorbing, and lightweight. BB creams provide full coverage along with add-ons like SPF. They offer a hydrating look to create a flawless, dewy, luminous base.

Great for a wide range of skin types, BB cream like Soul Tree’s herb-infused Ayurvedic application blends effortlessly into the skin for that ‘no makeup, makeup look’. The added benefits of natural ingredients like Sandalwood, Turmeric, and Pink Lotus impart a natural glow and help diminish the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.


CC Cream

Typically lighter in texture, CC stands for color control or complexion correcting. CC creams add more coverage than BB cream, concealing issues like redness, dark undereye circles, uneven skin tone, acne scars, hyperpigmentation to impart a flawless, airbrush finish. Some brands do have added skin-loving ingredients. 

For instance, the Erborian CC Cream – a Korean beauty product is making waves as an innovative brand for its highly-effective skincare routine. Enriched with super-ingredients used in Korean traditional medicine, Erborian is spiked with Centella Asiatica, Adenosine, and Vitamin B3 to boost elasticity, strengthen anti-aging properties and treat uneven skin tone. It refines complexion leaving a natural glow and sheer coverage.


DD Cream

Meet the hottest arrival of the new kid on the block – the ‘Dynamic Do-All’ or ‘Daily Defense’ cream, the DD cream offers dual benefits of BB cream and CC cream plus the age-defying benefits by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They are good at shielding your skin from UV sun rays and pollution. Most suited for slightly mature skin, the DD cream locks in moisture, imparting a healthy, natural glow. 

Our favorite would be Casmara’s Urban Protect DD Cream as it protects, treats, and perfects the skin tone. Casmara DD Cream shields with a broad-spectrum UV filter and boosts the antioxidant properties.  

Packed with anti-pollution and anti-aging active ingredients that stimulate collagen and elastin production, this Spanish brand evens out the skin tone instantly with a natural, luminous, velvety finish.


PP Cream

PP which stands for ‘pink perfect’ cream is used as a makeup base containing silicon particles to fill out uneven skin parts. Suitable for all skin types, it imparts a smooth texture to the skin. Typically, a PP cream is used in combination with other face products. A layer of tonal cream is suggested to apply over PP cream.

One of the most popular PP creams is Ducray Keracnyl PP cream containing Myrtacine and vitamins as active ingredients. It smoothens the skin, imparts anti-acne properties, hydrates, and soothes the skin by reducing red spots and inflammation. 

With the exclusive range of creams in the market with different features, different benefits, and distinct takeaways, the consumers have myriad choices to revamp their skin routine. As more consumers are looking to achieve perfect skin care goals, the beauty industry has come up with formulations to meet their skin’s specific needs.

Which is your pick? Let us know in the comments section below.


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