The Ultimate Guide to Alphabet Creams (BB, CC, DD Creams)

Originally Posted on July 21, 2016

CC Creme

Have you ever found yourself in the beauty aisle or among all those beauty creams and foundations at a department store and wondered – what are all these letters?  BB, CC, DD – what do they mean for me and my skin?  With a little research, I’ve got answers!

BB Creme
BB Creams
Defined: Beauty Balm
Texture: Creamy and Moisturizing
What You Can Expect: With its SPF, it provides daily protection from the sun and plenty of hydration.  Additionally, it does offer more coverage that a tinted moisturizer.  However, it does not contain any significant anti-aging ingredients, so you must use other serums or creams with anti-aging properties to supplement for this lack of these ingredients.


CC Creme

CC Creams
Defined:  Complexion Corrector
Texture:  Lightweight and Fast-Absorbing
What You Can Expect:  Chalk full of vitamins C and E, Complexion Corrector creams are lighter than BB creams and focuses on color correction.  It addresses skin issues such as sallowness or redness and also, like the BB cream, it contains SPF.  If you have acne-prone skin, dull skin, constant redness, or dark spots, CC cream may be right for you.

DD Creme

DD Creams
Defined: Daily Defense
Texture:  Creamy and Moisturizing (similar to BB Creme)
What You Can Expect:  As DD creams primary focus is anti-aging, it is also a super cream combining the benefits of BB and CC creams. The anti-aging properties of the DD cream work to diminish wrinkles and fine lines.  Additionally, DD creams will help balance skin tones and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin.


  1. This is really helpful! I’ve been at the store before staring at all the different types, but couldn’t figure out what was for what.

  2. Thanks so much for the great info, would be helpful if they had this in the beauty aisle would be a big help!

  3. I’ve used a BB cream once and really enjoyed it, but now that I’ve found the perfect skincare regimen, Im’ foundation-free and no longer have a need for coverage or color correction. I’ll definitely bookmark this for friends who inquire, though! 🙂

  4. I love CC creams! It’s what a choose to wear on a daily basis as I find foundations too heavy! I didn’t know there was a DD cream…feeling out the loop ha!

  5. So, I’ve tried BB and CC, but I haven’t made my foray into DD. Let me know if you have any recommendations in that department! I love the lightweight feel of the creams as opposed to the foundation.
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  6. Very informative, the DD cream must be new. I typically use the BB cream when I’m on the run, but I do find that some CC creams work just as good for a BB cream and even use one just as a concealer which is the Peter Thomas Roth, their CC cream is really amazing.

    1. Ooooh, I love Peter Thomas Roth’s products. Great choice! I use both BB and CC creams, but I find myself gravitating toward the CC creams. I suppose it’s just a personal preference. I appreciate your comment! xo

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