Every brand seems to be coming out with their own BB Cream these days, but are they worth it? Should we all throw out our tinted moisturizers and switch over to BB Creams instead? Well, it depends. Although it may seem like tinted moisturizers and BB Creams are pretty much the same thing, as they both hydrate skin and contain enough pigment to even out the skintone, they are two different products and perform differently. So, what are the differences between them and which one should we choose?
What are tinted moisturizers?
Tinted moisturizes are moisturizers with pigment. Available in several shades, they hydrate skin like a moisturizer and provide a nice sheer coverage that’s enough to even out the skin tone, but not to conceal any imperfections. If your skin isn’t almost flawless to begin with, tinted moisturizers aren’t for you. Their texture is usually lightweight too and they tend to fade quite quickly. In addition, they usually don’t contain any anti-aging or sunscreen ingredients (although you should never use any makeup product or moisturizer as a substitute for sunscreen anyway).
What are BB creams?
BB Creams, which stand for Blemish Balm Creams, were created by German dermatologists to help soothe and regenerate the skin of patients who had undergone laser skin surgery. BB Creams first became popular in Korea, from there they took the entire Asian continent by storm and are now making their way into the western markets. BB Creams have a thicker texture than tinted moisturizers, but not as thick as that of foundations. They are more pigmented than tinted moisturizers, evening out the skin tone while covering minor imperfections too. In addition, they are full of hydrating, anti-aging (and in Asia also whitening) ingredients and provide some sun protection too (although not as well as sunscreen). However, they usually come in only one or two shades so not everyone will be able to find a good match for their skintone.
There are CC Creams too!
CC Creams, or Color Control Creams, are often described as BB Creams on steroids. Developed in Korea, CC Creams are improved BB Creams, and contain more anti-aging ingredients, a higher SPF and provide more coverage, yet their texture is lighter, which allows them to go on smoother and look more natural. They usually have brightening properties as well. However, at the moment, they’re not easily available out of Asia.
Which one should you use?
That depends on what your needs are. If you just need a product that will keep your skin soft and hydrated while providing the sheerest coverage to even out the skintone, a tinted moisturizer will do. If instead, you need more coverage and would like a product that offers anti-aging benefits too, opt for a BB Cream. CC Creams are slightly better than BB Creams as their texture is lighter and less oily, and they contain even more anti-aging ingredients, but they’re not as easily available outside Asia.
Do you prefer tinted moisturizers or BB Creams? Which one do you use? Or are you sticking with foundation instead?