It is undeniable that we now live in an age where simple moisturisers have been replaced by anti wrinkle , anti ageing serums, where the number of beauty products applied each morning far exceeds the number of shoes within our overbearing collections, and with the climbing amount of beauty buffers, de-shiners, redness reducers, blemish eliminators, do we really understand what each product’s purpose is?
I know I have spend mindless hours wandering around the beauty aisle, in almost any given chemist, supermarket, department store or Priceline, talking myself out of purchasing one of every item. I just want flawless skin like Miranda Kerr, is that to much to ask?! And with the recent developments of BB,CC and now DD creams, It is almost as if cosmetic companies have decided that language just wasn’t enough. Lets bring in ACRONYMS (queue brain melt down and acceptance of a fate of sub-average complexion)
For those of you who are in the same predicament as myself, I present to you your one stop de-acronym…ing, de-bunking and de-confusion…ising of the alphabet of beauty.
BB Creams, a handy acronym for Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm, was the first culprit on the scene, and pretty quickly grew in popularity with its claims of being everything you need (we’ve heard that before, haven’t we ladies!). It aimed at covering blemishes, evening skin tone, controlling oil, anti ageing and brightening, all while adding a little bit of protection with its added SPF (how kind!) . With many colours available to suit a range of skin tones, it can be used as a tinted moisturiser, primer or foundation.
Some Great BB Creams
- Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35, $20; sephora.com
- Dior Nude BB Cream, $44;sephora.com
- Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream, $10;target.com
And then there were CC Creams. Also known as colour correctors, this cream works in a similar way to its sister product, however it’s central focus is on fixing colour and pigmentation, as well as helping with acne , shallowness and acne scarring. It is also packed with Vitamin C and E which is always a plus!
- Lumene Time Freeze Anti-Age CC Cream, $15; ulta.com
- Stila CC Cream Stick, $38; ulta.com
- Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $35; nordstrom.com
Finally, to add to all the confusion and mass options, we have the DD cream. Also known as the Dynamic Do-all, it claims to be a hybrid of both BB and CC, with added bonuses such as anti ageing and wrinkle reducing benefits, while also balancing skin tone and protecting the most sensitive parts of your skin. By incorporating this into your beauty regime, it also works to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing long term, while also creating short term improvements. Almost sounds too good to be true!
Some Great DD Creams
The Round Up
I hope this helps those of you travelling down a similar path of overwhelming confusion, I always thought I knew the alphabet pretty well.
Sammy Jade xx