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BB Cream vs. CC Cream: Which Is Better for You?

7 mins

Sarah Dickenson

Struggling to decide between BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer? Read on to discover which cosmetic product is better for you.

The makeup world can be overwhelming. There are many different products to choose from when it comes to your face. There are BB creams, CC creams, and tinted moisturizers, just to name a few. 

Everyone wants to find the exact product that they are looking for. Unfortunately, that can sometimes come at a cost. Usually, finding your favorite product will entail some degree of trial and error, especially if you are going in blind with minimal knowledge of the products beforehand. 

This means that, in the time being, you are putting both your skin — and wallet — on the line. To make this process quicker and easier for you, today, WOW Skin Science will explain foundation alternatives, how they work, and what makes them unique.

After you have understood the difference between some of these products, you should have an easier time deciding which one is the best for you and your skin type.

Table of Contents:

  • What Are the Different Skin Types?
  • How Can I Determine My Skin Type?
  • What Is BB Cream?
  • What Is CC Cream?
  • Are BB and CC Creams Tinted Moisturizers?
  • What Are Some Tips for Healthy Skin?
  • Wash Your Face
  • What Cleanser to Use
  • Our Ingredients

What Are the Different Skin Types?

Knowing about different skin types and being able to identify your own can make a big difference in how you select your products. Every skin type has its own strengths and needs. 

Knowing your skin type and all its characteristics will allow you to more accurately select between a BB cream and a CC cream since two of the main differences between these products are their consistency and coverage. 

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Simply put, your skin type is determined by genetics. Skin type refers to the hydration level of your face. Moisture and hydration are necessary to uphold your skin's health. 

However, our bodies cannot always hydrate our skin as we need them to. This can result in different types of skin. Excess sebum production defines some people's skin, while others severely lack natural lubrication and suffer from dry patches. 

So, which one do you have?

  • How Can I Determine My Skin Type?

Determining your skin type does not have to be tricky. While in the shower, wash your face using a gentle cleanser. Once you have exited the shower, refrain from applying any of your usual skincare products, even your moisturizer. 

Stay indoors, away from the sun or harsh winds. Your goal is to see your skin's appearance in the most controlled environment possible. This will probably be indoors at room temperature. 

After an hour has passed, proceed to examine your skin. Go to the mirror and closely analyze your face.

cleansing the skin

If you notice that your skin did not get noticeably dryer or oilier over the past hour, you have normal skin. The most distinct feature of normal skin is how non-distinct it is. Normal skin is very balanced, meaning that you will rarely experience breakouts or be sensitive to products without the influence of environmental stressors. You may experience dry patches or excess oil seasonally.

If you notice that your skin is showing signs of redness and you are experiencing irritation or discomfort, you have sensitive skin. Those with sensitive skin most commonly experience redness and irritation after applying a new product or coming in contact with a new ingredient to which their body does not respond well.

If you notice that your face looks shiny or greasy, almost as though you have been sweating or applying a highlighter all over your face, you may have oily skin. Those with oily skin also tend to have large, visible pores and frequently experience breakouts due to a build-up of excess sebum.

If you notice that your face has dry patches or is flaking, you have dry skin. After cleaning your skin, you may also notice that it feels tight and itchy. These are all signs of dry skin. You probably very rarely have oily skin, if ever.

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You have combination skin if your skin shows signs that fall under both the oily and dry skin categories. If you have combination skin, your T-zone is usually oily, and your cheeks are usually dry. Your visible pores also tend to be concentrated in your T-zone area. Finally, you will notice that you sometimes experience dry patches and acne at the same time.

What Is BB Cream?

The "BB" in BB cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. The formula in a BB cream is supposed to be very lightweight and is supposed to have more of a skincare component. 

A BB cream is supposed to make it look like you have nothing on, but it provides a little coverage if you want to conceal any blemishes or imperfections and protect your skin from environmental stressors and toxins. Most BB creams have hyaluronic acid or vitamin E and are formulated specifically to boost your skin's health. 

Most BB creams also give you a dewy finish so generally speaking, BB creams are the better options for those with dry skin. That being said, some BB creams are designed to help you with your oily skin. 

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Since BB cream is very lightweight, it is not going to be able to provide you with a full glam look. Nevertheless, you could always build it and add more to give you the coverage you might be looking for, all without having the heavy formula of a classic foundation. 

BB creams are the right choice if you want that no-makeup makeup look. It will allow your skin to breathe, unlike when wearing a heavy foundation formula.

What Is CC Cream?

The "CC" in CC cream stands for complexion corrector. One of the differences between a BB Cream and a CC cream is that a BB cream has more skincare benefits while a CC cream just more conceals impurities on your skin and offers color-correcting benefits. 

Most CC creams have broad spectrum SPF 30 or sun protection factors, meaning they can offer you some degree of defense against the sun's ultraviolet radiation. 

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CC creams are heavier than BB creams. With the CC cream, you can treat it as a color corrector, meaning that you can apply it exclusively on areas of your skin that need correcting, such as below your eyes or around your mouth. 

You, of course, are also able to apply it over your whole face. CC creams offer you a lot more coverage than BB creams. If you are looking for full or medium coverage, CC cream is probably the best option, as BB cream offers lighter coverage. 

While a BB cream can cover your impurities, it may require layering and building the product. You will need fewer pumps of CC cream to cover blemishes, skin issues, and discoloration in your skin tone. Although CC cream is heavier than BB cream, it is still typically lighter than a foundation but is often used in place of a traditional foundation since it is thick enough to blend with other products like concealer and contour.

Are BB and CC Creams Tinted Moisturizers?

But wait, knowing everything we know, aren't BB and CC creams just tinted moisturizers? 

Tinted moisturizers are another alternative for wearing a full face of foundation. They are typically simpler than BB creams because their purpose is a little more straightforward. 

While BB cream can be packed with all sorts of ingredients meant to improve your skin’s health, tinted moisturizers are specifically there to do two things: offer you light coverage and hydration. Though the product is tinted, these moisturizers will not offer you as much coverage as a CC cream. 

That being said, do not assume that the product will be more lightweight. In fact, tinted moisturizer is usually thicker than CC creams because of its emollient properties, which allow the product to soften and soothe your skin. 

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Tinted moisturizers are very low maintenance since there is little guesswork involved. If you know how to apply your moisturizer, chances are you will be able to apply a tinted moisturizer.

What Are Some Tips for Healthy Skin?

Whether using a BB cream, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer, chances are you intend to make your skin look flawless. In addition to applying makeup to cover up your blemishes, there are easy ways to keep your skin looking fresh and clear even without cosmetic help.

  • Wash Your Face

Washing your face might seem simple enough, but cleansing your skin is actually the foundation for your entire skincare routine, meaning that, if done incorrectly, it can set you and your skin up for accidental failure.

washing the face

Many people over-cleanse and under-cleanse their skin without even realizing it. This is because there is no one correct answer for everybody. Remember those skin types we talked about earlier? Those can influence even how and when you cleanse your skin!

If you have normal skin, you should cleanse your skin twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. This is also the standard practice for cleansing one's face. Regardless of skin type, most dermatologists will deem the twice-a-day method safe for all, especially if that is the recommendation listed on the label of your product. 

That being said, if washing your face twice a day is not working for you or providing you with the results that you are looking for, you may want to make a temporary adjustment based on your skin type. 

For example, if you precipitate a lot or live an extremely active lifestyle, it is best to add an additional cleanse to your routine to eliminate all the sweat, excess oil, and dirt amassed throughout the day. 

working out and skin problems

Be wary of overwashing, which can accidentally trigger an overproduction of sebum. Due to this risk of excess sebum being produced, those with oily skin should limit themselves to twice a day if possible. 

Try double cleansing at the end of your night to work through that extra layer of oil. Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice to help remove stubborn, pore-clogging impurities that may still reside on your skin after one wash.

If you have dry or sensitive skin and are currently struggling with excessive itchiness and irritation, you may want to try cleansing only once daily. Cleansing too often for your skin type can cause irritation. 

Remove your makeup and wash your face with a quality cleanser at the end of every day. In the morning, consider skipping the cleanser and exclusively using water to clean your skin without triggering any redness or roughness.

  • What Cleanser to Use

Your issue might not be how often you wash your face but what you are washing your face with. Settling on the right cleanser for your skin type can make a difference. But what exactly should you be looking for?

If you have oily or combination skin, try using a foam or gel cleanser that can give you a deep cleanse without stripping the natural moisture from your face. If you have dry or sensitive skin, try using a hydrating cleanser that can specifically help to strengthen your moisture barrier

If you have normal skin, your skin is less sensitive, and you have more options when selecting your cleanser. That being said, every skin type, even normal skin, can benefit from gentle cleansers that keep your skin healthy and balanced.

WOW Skin Science has formulated various holistic cleansers to satisfy every skin type and take you one step closer to the clear skin you desire.

One of our most popular cleansers is the WOW Skin Science Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash. This cleanser has powerful antioxidants that support your complexion. The gentle exfoliating action helps to remove dead skin cells that dim your glow, reveal the bright skin underneath, and promote better skincare product absorption. Since it is a 100% vegan foam wash with exfoliating properties, it is safe for every skin type, from dry to oily.

vitamin c face wash

Our Ingredients

The carefully crafted formula is what makes our foaming face wash so special. These ingredients include vitamin C, lemon and orange essential oils, mulberry, and licorice. 

Active vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which cause skin damage. 

The lemon and orange essential oils are rich in vitamin C, fatty acids, and minerals that help to purify skin and reduce excess sebum. 

Mulberry is rich in antioxidants and minerals that nourish skin and protects it from environmental pollutants. Mulberry helps to reduce the signs of aging by boosting radiance. 

Licorice helps fight ultraviolet light and prevent excess melanin production, making your skin bright and even-toned. This helps to reduce scars and dark spots.


There are various ways to keep your skin looking clear, whether it is via makeup, face wash, or both. When selecting products to put on your skin, especially your face, we encourage you to choose carefully. Remember to take your skin type into account when making your final selection.

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Sarah Dickenson

Sarah is a certified dermatologist and beauty blogger. She is also a well-known name in the beauty industry, providing regular updates and reviews on the latest beauty products on her blog. Sarah also hosts a variety of beauty programs for beauticians and dermatologists across the United States.

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