Alphabet Creams

A trip to the beauty store can leave you confused if you don’t know the ins and outs of the BB, CC and DD cream craze. When trying to choose, start with deciding what type of coverage you need most.

BB Creams
Short for blemish balm or beauty balm, BB creams are tinted moisturizers containing SPF. They smooth skin, moisturize and even out skin tone in addition to protecting against damage from the sun. The light-reflecting component in BB creams gives skin a dewy look, and they are the least amount of coverage of the “alphabet creams.”

Editor’s Picks
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream, SPF 35, $39, Ulta,
Dior Nude BB Cream, $44, Nordstrom,
Stila All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm, SPF 30, $38, Ulta,


CC Creams
Loaded with vitamins C and E, CC creams are short for complexion corrector. While the CC creams are lighter, they provide more coverage and can correct color-related issues such as dull skin, dark spots, acne or constant redness. CC creams often contain SPF as well.

Editor’s Picks
Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $35, Dillard’s,
Almay Smart Shade CC Cream, $9, Target,
Amore Pacific Color Control SPF 50+, $60, Sephora,

DD Creams
These are the super creams. DD creams work to diminish wrinkles, balance skin tone and protect the skin. They combine the benefits of both BB and CC creams, but their primary focus is on anti-aging.

Editor’s Picks
Julep Dynamic Do-All, $36,
Ofra DD Cream, $30,