AA, BB, CC and the Beauty Alphabets

You thought you’ve learned your alphabets in kindergarten but now you’re mastering a new set of alphabets – Beauty Creams. Ever wondered what the difference is between AA, BB, CC, DD, EE and even PP Creams? Here’s a guide to choosing which one is best for you.

AA Creams
AA is the short form of Anti Aging. These creams are moisturiser-based skin care products that help you look younger by reducing, masking or preventing signs of skin aging. These signs are laxity (sagging), rhytids (wrinkles), and photo-aging, which includes erythema (redness), dyspigmentation (brown discolorations), solar elastosis (yellowing), keratoses (abnormal growths), and poor texture. While these creams are good for the skin, the results can be minimal.

BB Creams
BB is the short form of Beauty Balm. Compared to a tinted cream which would be just a cream with a very light tint, the BB Cream has both the perfection power of a foundation and the moisturising power of a skincare product. On top of that, it also acts as a sunblock but often lack anti-aging benefits of AA creams.

CC Creams
CC is the short form of Colour Correcting. It reduces the appearance of skin redness or sallowness or to improve uneven skin tone. BB Creams and CC Creams are both tinted moisturizers containing sun protection.

DD Creams
DD is the short form of Daily Defence. Recent reports have indicated that DD creams won’t target the complexion but rather focus on feet and body as these creams are said to be fairly heavy duty in texture.

EE Creams
EE is the short form of Extra Exfoliation. It renews the skin and get rid of dead cells, and they also protect the skin from the sun and moisturise it. Some of them combine defence against ultraviolet light with protection against acne. EE Creams are not meant to be used very often, and they’re not recommended for those with thin or sensitive skin.

PP Creams
PP is the short form of Pink Perfect. It is a base for applying makeup. Silicone particles in the composition of the cream fills even the smallest bumps on the skin, smooths out wrinkles, scars and reduces pores. The skin becomes smooth and flat. When you see the pink colour of the cream, do not worry – it becomes transparent. Be sure to clean and moisten the skin before application. You can easily apply BB / CC cream after.
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