By: Kim Kelder, Lead Aesthetician and Skincare Specialist
“Alphabet creams” like BB and CC creams have become increasingly popular lately, and it is not hard to see why. BB, CC, and DD creams are wonder creams that work as all-in-one skin care products with many varying benefits. I’ve created a breakdown of what each cream means and what they can do.
What is a BB Cream?
BB stands for beauty balm, and BB creams are essentially a blend of makeup and skincare. They work as amazing tinted moisturizers, packed with tons of benefits and SPF. BB creams smooth the skin, contain anti-aging ingredients, even out skin tone, moisturize, protect against sun damage, and give your skin a dewy, radiant look. A BB cream provides the least amount of coverage, so it's perfect for younger women whose skin needs a little pick-me-up. BB creams can also be used as a primer, moisturizer, and a foundation.
At Miraval, we recommend Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream with SPF 25. It is great for all skin types, and it comes in three different shades—light, medium and dark.
What is a CC Cream?
CC stands for color correction or color control, and CC creams are packed with vitamins like C and E to correct skin color and complexion. Lighter than a BB cream, CC cream’s primary purpose is to correct color-related skin issues, such as dullness, hyper-pigmentation or redness, and like BB cream it also protects against sun damage. If you're acne-prone, have dull skin, dark spots or constant redness, CC cream is for you.
At Miraval, we recommend Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s CC Cream with SPF 18. It contains powerful antioxidants to prevent collagen breakdown and keep the skin protected and refreshed, and it comes in four different shades—fair, light, medium, and dark.
Coming Soon! DD Creams
What is a DD Cream?
DD creams, known as "dynamic do-all” creams, are the newest additions to the alphabet cream craze. DD creams combine both the benefits of BB and CC creams, with a primary focus on anti-aging. DD creams work to diminish wrinkles and fine lines. They will balance skin tone and protect the most sensitive areas of your skin. You will see immediate improvements to your skin with continued use, so use often and incorporate it into your daily skin care routine.
More about Kim Kelder
Kimberly Kelder is Miraval Resort & Spa’s Lead Aesthetician and Skin Care Specialist with over 18 years of experience—13 of those years at Miraval. After receiving her first facial, she was mesmerized by the way her skin felt and looked. Kim quickly realized that she wanted to learn how to make other people feel as transformed as she did. She studied at Allure College of Beauty in Tucson, Arizona specializing in Aesthetics.
Kim gives a weekly skincare lecture at Miraval and educates guests on how to properly care for their skin and how to make skin care a realistic priority in their lives. Kim is most passionate about teaching guests how to have healthy skin in a holistic setting. With so many products and treatments on the market, guests are often confused and overwhelmed. Kim teaches guests how to make the best choice for their skin at any age and during any season. She customizes her skin care recommendations and regimen to suit the guest’s individual lifestyle and demands, to maximize and maintain healthy skin.