The Latest in Skin Care: BB vs. CC Creams

difference between bb and cc creams

It seems everywhere you turn, one manufacturer after another is coming up with either a new BB or CC cream. Sephora, drug stores and department stores are over run with them.

Admittedly, at first I was confused between the two. It was actually overwhelming with all of the advertising but I’ve deduced the differences between the two down to this (and there’s not much):

BB Creams

  • Provides broad spectrum protection from the sun
  • Prevents acne outbreaks
  • Helps blur skin imperfections
  • Contains anti-wrinkle properties
  • Acts as a makeup primer
  • Provides light makeup coverage
  • Contains anti-shine ingredients
  • Moisturizes
  • Helps sooth irritated skin
  • Very lightweight and easily blendable

CC Creams

  • Provides the same benefits of the BB cream with additional:
    • Coverage for more natural looking skin
    • Blurring of blemishes and evening of skin tone
  • Also, diminishes the appearance of redness

A Few Brands

I’ve tried a few brands of BB creams and now I’m looking to try some of the newer CC creams. Here are the brands that come to mind:

At the end of the day, I think it’s more marketing hype than anything between the two. They are very very similar skin creams. The only reason I would go with a CC cream over a BB cream is if I needed a little more coverage.

Note: Both BB and CC creams were originated outside of the U.S…..Figures :-)

Have you tried any of the new BB or CC creams on the market? And did you know there’s actually a DD cream available too?!

brown beauty gal

Review: Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer and Blissful Lengths Kukinut Oil Elixir

Curls product review

OMG I am going to get right to it. I freaking LOVE (L-O-V-E) these Curls products! I received them for no cost at the Let Down Your Hair Expo that took place in Brooklyn several weeks ago.

The scent of these hair products by Curls is intoxicating. They smell SO good. Even better than the scent, these two products play nicely with my natural hair.

It is such a pleasant surprise for me to be pleased with the products I received because a couple of years ago I purchased Curls Creme Brulee from Target and gave it away at a swap meet. It left my hair so tangled I never thought I’d use another product from Curls again. Then, I was advised by a curl friend that Curls distributes lower end products at places like Target (where I purchased the Brûlée). The Lavishing Curls and Blissful Lengths is also sold at Target so that leaves me more shocked at how much my hair likes these products.

Curls Lavish Curls Moisturizer

The Lavish Curls Moisturizer took so well to my hair which is shocking because it contains glycerin  I purchased a bottle of Nothing But Curl Wakeup Spray a while back and my hair hates the stuff. I thought it was the high glycerin content (it’s right toward the beginning of the ingredient list) but now that must not be the case because the Lavish Curls spray also contains glycerin at the beginning of the ingredient list.

I’m not sure what caused my hair to hate Nothing But’s curl reviving spray but I don’t even care now. I gave it away and I’m in love with Lavish Curls!

Curls Blissful Lengths Oil Elixir

This blend of natural oils is delicious! It contains Soybean, Coconut, Sweet Almond, Kakunut, Evening Primrose, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Grape Extract, vitamin E and Silk Amino Acids.

While these are yummy oils for your hair, it’s not clear that this elixir is fully natural It does contain fragrance (no other info than that). I’m not concerned though. i’m too in love at this point and my hair is happy :-)

And in case you didn’t notice, these are the products I used to refresh my Wash ‘n Go!

brown beauty gal

How Humectants and Emollients Combat Dry Skin

Dry skin is heavily reliant on moisturizers. In most cases if you have dry skin, you’ll need to moisturize day and night.

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The type of moisturizer you use on your skin will make all the difference in your skin retaining that moisture. This is where humectants and emollients come in to play.

Humectants and Emollients Work Together

Humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid, panthenol, collagen) draw water from the environment into the skin. However, humectants alone won’t keep your skin moisturized. Emollients (shea butter, lanolin, vitamin E, Jojoba oil) work hand in hand with humectants to seal that moisture into your skin.

emollients

Look First to Nature

There are many skin care products on the market boasting that they contain humectants and emollients in their ingredient line up. More often than not, they are mixed with other chemicals that can negate their efficacy.

That’s why it’s always best to look to nature first. You can create your very own effective moisturizer to combat dry skin from just a few simple natural ingredients*:

  • Shea Butter/Beeswax/Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba oil
  • Vitamin E (natural preservative)

Melt ingredients slightly in a container by allowing it to sit for a few in warm water.  Then combine ingredients in a bowl and mix

*Keep refrigerated to prevent spoiling

For additional homemade moisturizers check out http://www.stbotanica.com/blog/8-homemade-recipes-with-coconut-oil-for-a-radiant-skin/

Sources:

http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/curlchemist-what-are-humectants

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-emollients.htm

brown beauty gal