Not quite a face cream, not quite a foundation, what a CC (‘colour’ or ‘complexion correcting’) cream means to you and I is a primer with benefits to correct your skin tone before you even think about putting make-up on top.
Developed in Japan, and now hugely popular in Asia, where it’s been a part of their traditional layering ritual for a few years now, CC creams are used to treat, cover or correct an anything less than perfect skin tone.
Thinner, and lighter than a BB cream (which means ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm’ and in practice means tinted moisturiser with benefits) they can be used to brighten, reduce dark spots, take out redness, revive or plump – but they don’t come with a tint or concealer like quality. A CC cream sits more comfortably in the skincare category, than the make-up category – a BB cream straddles the two.
Ultimately these are primers (so the last step before make-up if you’re applying on top) with benefits which work both in the short term for an instant fix, and because of their added skincare ingredients in the long term to correct your complexion too – and for the record most come with an SPF, so they also act as your sun shield.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Deep Moisture Clarifying Cream RRP$98.00
This deeply moisturizing, skin-clarifying cream is a highly effective treatment to intensively correct visibly uneven skin tone and provide continuous 24-hour hydration. Infused with a moisture enhancing ceramide, White Birch, and Peony Extract, the formula instantly hydrates and provides long-term radiance, helping visibly diminish dark spots and discolorations for overall skin uniformity and clarity.
Max Factor Colour Correcting Cream blends cucumber water, rosehip extracts and sea buckthorn together with SPF 10. It’s Lightweight formula gives natural coverage and a flawless finish. Intense mulit-tasker corrects colour imperfections. The formula, with glycerin, hydrates skin leaving it feeling moisturised. Formulated with skincare ingredients and pigments that work together to brighten complexion and give smoother looking skin.