Remember when BB creams were the beauty buzzword? Now cosmetic companies are taking it up a letter with the CC cream. First launched in Hong Kong by Rachel K cosmetics in 2011, CC creams contain all the benefits of BB creams, but claim to provide more coverage, targeting an issue particularly relevant to FOFs–uneven skintone. We spoke to two beauty experts, Tracey Brown who sings the praises of CC creams and Dana Ramos, who thinks it’s a marketing gimmick. Now, we want you to tell us what you think.
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What exactly is a CC cream?
Tracey: CC stands for color correcting. Cosmetic companies have taken the BB Cream and added more property to it, so it makes skin look better by adding more coverage.
Dana: CC creams and BB creams are essentially the same thing–it’s a basic makeup product [tinted moisturizer] with added ingredients to make it more effective. Each company has their own list of added ingredients: some contain peptides, others contain glycolic acid, etc.
So there’s no difference between BB creams and CC creams?
Tracey: BB cream doesn’t have properties to fix your skin discoloration. The CC cream ingredients and properties help even out your skin tone, age spots, acne scars, and hyperpigmentation.
Dana: I don’t see a difference except that CC creams may be more effective in evening out skin tone, whereas BB creams are targeted more toward improving the skin overall–but you will find they each have some of the same ingredients.
What skin issues do CC creams treat?
Tracey: Dry skin, sun damage, acne, aging skin and shiny or oily skin.
Dana: They might make your skin look better when used as makeup, but you’d get that same effect from products that don’t call themselves CC. You might get some sun protection if your CC cream has SPF. But really, you’re getting a little bit of things that are good for your skin, but not to the point that its going to make any real difference.
Before and after one application of Rachel K CC Cream (src: VanityRouge.com)
What are the benefits of using a CC cream?
Tracey: There are certain things that over fifty skin needs. Usually our pores are enlarged, we have a bit of sagging going on, we have some fine lines. We need moisture and sunscreen, and our skin tone needs evening out. CC cream treats all of those issues, so instead of layering on 10 different products you can get one cream that treats all of that. It’s a time saver, as well as a money saver.
Dana: CC cream won’t change your skin. The tiny bits of retinol, peptides, or glycolic acid found in CC creams won’t actually do anything.
Can CC creams replace foundation?
Tracey: Yes. I don’t like heavy makeup or foundation. With CC cream your skin is evened out, you look radiant, dewy, and healthy, and thats what the over fifty crowd should be trying for.
Dana: I’m all for women who say, ‘I like the way CC creams feel and look as makeup.’ I just want them to understand that they’re not getting any skin benefits other than SPF and coverage.
Would you recommend CC cream to women over fifty?
Tracey: I recommend CC creams, 100% percent. I think they are really beautiful. It’s a time and money saver. CC cream is what’s going to help even out your skin tone and make it look clear and bright. It doesn’t look like you have a ton of makeup on. It creates a nice, soft look without being overdone.
Dana: Bottom line: Can it hurt you? No. Can it help you? Probably not. The active ingredients in CC creams contain too small of an amount to really make a difference to your skin.
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Tracey Brown is a beauty expert based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the owner of Brown Beauty Consulting, a boutique marketing firm and editor-in-chief of Blinging Beauty. After 30 years in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, trainer and skin care expert, and a member of the team that launched Sephora.com, Tracey is now a brand strategist and published journalist, being called upon for her expertise by such mediums as CNN and CBS.
Dana Ramos, author of The Skin Regime is a skin-care enthusiast and writer who lives in Westchester, New York. She’s from California where she obtained a Masters in Professional Writing from USC and wrote screenplays. In addition to creating and writing The Skin Regime book and concept, she writes freelance articles and is working on other books.
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