What's a BB Cream?
BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beblesh balm, and in Western markets, beauty balm. It is a cosmetic item sold mainly in Asian markets, although the majority of larger beauty brands have introduced BB creams to Western markets. (Source: Wikipedia)
What's a CC Cream?
CC cream is a marketing term coined in the wake of the marketing term Blemish Balm cream or Beauty Balm. "CC cream" is used by some brands to mean Color Control cream, or Color Correcting cream, and some brands claim to reduce the appearance of skin redness or sallowness or to improve uneven skin tone. (Source: Wikipedia)
and while Googling, I also discovered a new category which I didn't even know existed!
And what's DD cream?
DD can stand for a "Dynamic Do-All," "Dermatologically Defining," and "Daily Defense," depending on which brand you turn to.” (Source: www.popsugar.com)
I'm saying I know how to use them and I have used some of BB cream of different brands, but today when my female colleagues and I started talking about skincare, not one of us knew what BB or CC or DD stands for. Hilarious! Thus prompted the Googling...
So what's the difference?
While BB creams added primer, antioxidant protection, and SPF to standard tinted moisturizers and CC creams added color-correcting ingredients into the mix, DD creams now offer all those benefits plus even more anti aging benefits to help smooth skin and reduce fine lines. So DD cream is like a hybrid or a combination of both BB and CC ... an upgraded version of 3 in 1. And I'm getting this straight off the net haha.
Do I still use any of the BB or CC or DD?
Nah... I've decided that none of these formulations do anything good to my face other than block my pores or dry my skin. The lady who taught us grooming course concurred with me. So for now I stick to the normal regime combination of: Facial cleanser + toner + moisturizer + primer + foundation + makeup. And a facial mask every other weekend when we're free and diligent or rajin sikit.
Sounds like a lot? Maybe, but when it's routine, you don't really feel like it's a chore.
And what prompted this conversation?
Well.. because I was contemplating on changing my skincare product. From the usual European brands to KOREAN skincare product! And one of my colleague apparently used Korean brands and she swore by it.
Because someone told me, and I know I read this somewhere... that Korean skincare products are tailored for Asian skin and that's the closest we can get. And the facial masks that they produce... my God.. they're heavenly! Smells nice too! And because in my current very-pregnant position, my facial skin is a little bit sensitive than usual. I've read that Korean products are actually gentler on the face.
#Throwback photo... Wedding Makeup session by Twinny Two
Just two setbacks... they're a little costly (but so is Loreal, Lancome, EL and the such...). And it would also be a gamble to suddenly switch brands. And to determine that it works on me, that's another setback because time is of an essence here.
Oh what the heck...
So can anyone recommend a good Korean skincare brand? Etude maybe?
P/s: This is one girl who doesn't really care about makeup and such, who believes in going au natural most of the time, and who thinks having a natural beauty is the best and coolest gift that God has granted anyone. Make-up is of course, just for enhancement. And even though we're not vain like that, every girl should at least try her best to take care of her facial skin by having a good skincare regime.