Ready to start including a tinted moisturizer in your makeup routine but don’t know where to start? Whether you’re an avid makeup devotee or a beauty industry amateur, everyone’s obsessed with BB and CC creams, and for a good reason. Here’s an easy guide to choosing a lightweight cream to provide coverage for discoloration, blemishes, dullness, and more.


What is a BB Cream?

A beauty balm (BB) cream is a cult-favorite amongst beauty gurus around the world, from Asia to Europe to the United States. BB creams are one of the most versatile makeup products, working as an SPF, primer, concealer, foundation, and moisturizer all-in-one. They’re more lightweight than regular foundation, and the best formulas often include extra anti-aging ingredients.

If you’re looking for a tinted face moisturizer with SPF, a BB cream is a great place to start. But, CC creams are basically the “next generation” of tinted moisturizers.

Is a CC Cream Better?

It depends on what you need from your tinted moisturizer. While a BB cream tends to be a more fundamental foundation, a color correcting (CC) cream includes everything a BB cream does and more. It’s also a tinted moisturizer with SPF and provides the same coverage as a BB cream, but it includes skin-brightening benefits for skin issues like dullness, hyperpigmentation, redness, dark spots, and more.

Choose a CC cream if you tend to deal with inflammation and redness regularly. Or if you have pigmented areas from sun damage or aging. CC creams are great for rosacea skin types and those with darker skin tones dealing with discoloration or dark spots.

Ingredients in a great CC cream include Vitamin C, flaxseed, and SPF 35+. Vitamin C evens skin tone, brightens, and provides antioxidant benefits to fight free radicals. Flaxseed extract helps control and absorb oils to reduce shine.

For sheer coverage, use 1 pump of your favorite CC cream. For medium to full coverage, apply 2-3 pumps, or as much as you feel provides the best coverage for your skin type. Buildable formulas tend to be better since they allow you to control how much coverage you need.

How do I know which one is for me?

It ultimately depends on your skin’s unique composition and typical issues. If you tend to deal with redness, discoloration, rosacea, blemishes, or dullness, a CC cream is definitely the way to go. Try using a vegan, cruelty-free CC cream in your beauty routine, starting out with sheer coverage and adjusting it to see what fits your skin best.

This creamy formula might be your new beauty bestie if you choose the right formula for you. Thrive Causemetics’ CC Cream is powered by Blur-Effect Technology™ to diffuse and blur skin imperfections like pores, fine lines, and blemishes to reveal a natural finish. Perfect for no-makeup makeup looks and natural-looking styles, their Buildable Blur CC Cream™ also includes SPF 35 for protective coverage all day long. Choose a multitasking CC cream with a skin-loving formula to build your confidence and nourish your skin.

About Thrive Causemetics

Thrive Causemetics create 100% cruelty-free, vegan makeup that contains proven ingredients without the use of toxins or sulfates. A beauty brand and philosophy that beauty goes beyond skin deep, for every product purchased one is donated to a woman in need.

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