We're the first to admit that the world of alphabetical creams can get a little confusing. From BB creams to CC creams and even DD creams (which, for the uninitiated, stands for 'Daily Defence' and adds SPF into the mix), the options are overwhelming and getting to the bottom of which will deliver what you're looking for can be toilsome. But worry not, we've gathered all the info you need to find your next makeup-bag gem.
Although the difference between BB creams and CC creams is subtle to the naked eye, the way they are developed is often not the same. The idea behind CC is that they contain pigments that help with colour correcting. In fact, these products are specifically designed to conceal, and sometimes treat, redness or sallowness.
They work by neutralising unwanted shades from our skin tone by introducing a little colour wizardry. Shades that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel cancel each other out. Green will take away redness, orange can counteract blueness (hence the use of salmon concealers by makeup artists) and lavender will help to erase yellow tones.
This is why they can be ideal for acne-prone skin, as many are specifically designed to camouflage the redness in spots. It's why they'll help to brighten dull complexions by seeing off sallowness, too.