Bare-faced at the beach? We agree that’s a little scary. Full face of foundation? That’s too much. Try a BB Cream or CC Cream! What’s that? Let us explain. Navigating the beauty aisle recently is a little like sifting through alphabet soup—with BB, CC (and soon to arrive, DD) creams flooding the shelves. But there’s a good reason to jump on the bandwagon. These foundation-skincare hybrids know how to multitask—addressing everything from age spots to acne in one compact or tube. Here, we break down the differences so you can put your best face forward while lounging poolside all summer long:
THE FORMULA: BB Cream
OTHER ALIASES: Beauty Balm, Blemish Balm
WHAT IT DOES: In addition to hydration and sheer, lightweight coverage, a BB Cream boasts benefits like broad-spectrum SPF and wrinkle-fighting antioxidants.
BOTTOM LINE: Best for those who want to give their skin a boost and neutralize redness without looking cake-y.
TRY: Maybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9; drugstore.com)
THE FORMULA: CC Cream
OTHER ALIASES: Color Correct, Color Care
WHAT IT DOES: Unlike a BB which is mainly preventative, these creams are laced with ingredients (like brightening arbutin) to address existing problems, such as dark spots caused by the sun or left behind by breakouts.
BOTTOM LINE: Slightly heavier than a BB, reach for this if you want to camouflage hyper pigmentation while you treat it.
TRY: Dr. Jart CC Esence Balm ($44; sephora.com)