BB creams, or formally known as Blemish Balm cream, were initially used by dermatologists on their laser surgery patients, to help soothe, regenerate and heal the skin after treatments. Also providing coverage to hide post-surgery scars and redness, Korean actresses soon discovered this wonder cream and started using it strictly for the beauty benefits. Shortly after, BB Creams were introduced to the mass market, with the craze for this product swiftly spreading from Asia, to Europe and North America, almost every prestigious and mass-marketed brand introduced a version of the famed ‘beauty miracle’.
What is BB cream? We like to think of this product as a combination of tinted moisturizer and face primer. BB creams are lightweight, yet provide amazing coverage, without the heavy feel of a foundation. They have the advantages of both skin care and makeup as they improve the skins’ condition and even out tone while providing coverage for dark spots and other blemishes. With the well-established BB cream in mind, however, our overseas skincare trendsetters have hit us once again with an alphabet abbreviation – introducing, CC cream! Formally known as Colour Control cream, CC cream is said to encompass the same all-in-one skincare and makeup benefits as the amazing BB cream, but with even more coverage and additional skin-nourishing ingredients. Think: foundation meets facial day lotion.
Although this beauty innovation is just beginning to spread across Asian markets, some prestige brands, such as Chanel, iFiona and Rachel K are getting ahead of the curve, launching their own CC cream and it will only be a matter of time until other brands follow suit. In fact, rumor has it that Olay is set to launch their version in October. Which only means one thing…CC cream is coming to a beauty retailer near you, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves!
By: Ashley De Filippis, Toronto
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