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BB Cream, CC Cream, Tinted Moisturiser

The Super Creams

There’s been a huge buzz about BB creams and CC creams over the past few years, and with so many skincare/make-up hybrids on the beauty counters (we have 35+ at, along with tinted moisturisers, it can often be difficult to choose between them. Our simple guide to The Super Creams will ensure you invest in the right product this season.

BB Cream
Blemish Balms or Beauty Balms first became a sensation in Asia, before arriving on the British beauty scene in 2011. Billed as the ultimate all-in-one product, they can hydrate, provide anti-ageing benefits typically found in skincare, minimise wrinkles and pores, even out skin tone, add radiance and provide vital SPF. The light coverage formula can be worn as a primer or alone according to preference.
Who is it for?
All skin types. If you have ageing concerns, you might want to try a formula targeted around hydration and radiance like Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF20. Alternatively, oil/combination skin types should look for oil-free formulas that will help conceal pores without blocking them – Estée Lauder Clear Difference Complexion Perfecting BB Crème SPF35 is one of the best.

CC Cream
CC Cream or Colour Correcting cream, shares many of the attributes of BB cream; it usually also has SPF and helps to moisturise, smooth the complexion and add radiance, but the formulas are specifically designed to correct skin tone and help lessen the appearance of  dark spots, sun spots, acne scars and redness. Like BB cream, it can be worn as a primer under your usual foundation, but the heavier coverage means it is often worn alone.
Who is it for?
This is the perfect cream for anyone concerned with discolouration. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Compact SPF20 is a good all-rounder that comes in multiple shades and is suitable for all skin types. For a more targeted approach to brighten sallow undertones, look to YSL’s Forever Light Creator CC Crème, which comes in Violet for a bright glow, Apricot for a golden glow or Rose for a fresh rosy glow.

Tinted Moisturiser
Tinted moisturiser beautifully bridges the gap between made-up and make-up free. Hydrating and nourishing, yet non-greasy, it adds a security blanket tint of colour, while letting your skin breathe. The ideal product to pare down your summer make-up regime, its SPF benefits make it a beach bag essential.
Who is it for?
Anyone who wants hydration and protection with a hint of colour. Try Clarins’ HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser for a quick route to a healthy-looking complexion with shine-free radiance. If you’re after a more golden sun-kissed look, Origins Vitazing will adapt to your skin tone to mimic a post-holiday glow.

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