bb creams demystified

Reader: Can you explain the difference between BB, CC and DD creams?

Angela: BB Creams are a German invention made popular in Korea and Japan. BB cream is an all-in-one facial product that replaces serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and sunblock. They’re lighter than foundation but heavier than tinted moisturizers. They are generally considered blemish balms in that they help to control oil and are therefore best suited to normal to oily skin types.

CC Creams include sun protection like BB creams, along with skincare properties such as anti-aging and hydration. The main distinction is that it’s primary purpose is color correction and treatment of uneven skin tones. Some users find it to have a lighter texture than a BB cream, which allows for smoother application.

DD Creams are supposed to be the hybrid of BB and CC creams. In other words, the Daily Defense or Dynamic Do-All. All the benefits of BB and CC in one product. Get ready though, it seems we are poised for an onslaught of these creams. It doesn’t seem that the ZZ Cream is too far off.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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