Feel like you've been hearing a series of letters rather than actual descriptors attached to the newest skincare products? You're not crazy: You've just been caught up in the swarm of "alphabet creams." BB, CC, and now DD creams first gained popularity in Korea, and have made similar waves stateside. But what do all those letters stand for, and what do these creams actually do? Marie Claire breaks it down.
What is it? Short for beauty balm or blemish balm, BB creams are the love child of makeup and skincare. While its benefits seem to be endless, at its bare bones BB cream is the world's best tinted moisturizer, packed with tons of benefits as well as SPF.
What it does: BB creams can smooth the skin, contain anti-aging elements, even out your skin tone, moisturize, protect against sun damage, and have a light-reflecting component that give your skin a dewy, luminous look!
How to use it: Although it may have SPF, don't douse your face with it the way you do sunscreen—a light layer is all you need. BB creams can also be used as a primer, moisturizer, and foundation!
How it differs: BB cream provides the least amount of coverage of all the alphabet creams, so it's perfect for a younger woman whose skin needs a little pick-me-up!