Now I know my BB, CC, DD…

Monday, 6 February 2017

Just when you thought you knew your skincare alphabet, along comes another multi-purpose cream – the DD. We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of “Dynamic Do-All” creams in SA, but we thought it best to give you the low-down on what they’re all about so you’re up to speed. We’re nice like that.

First, let’s do a quick recap of our favourite BBs and CCs.

Blemish Balms

Also known as Beauty Balms, BB creams are the perfect combination of primer, moisture and tint (sometimes even sun protection). They help to smooth fine lines and even out skin tone without having to apply foundation or powder – perfect for those who prefer a fuss-free make-up routine.

Our current BB faves:

  1. Vichy Ideal Soleil BB Tinted Velvety Cream SPF 50, R290
  2. Garnier BB Cream, R119,95
  3. Pond’s Flawless Radiance All-in-One Even Tone Expert BB Cream, R119,99 (specifically for darker skin)
  4. Dr. Schrammek Blemish Balm, R695

Colour Correctors

If your skin is prone to redness, pigmentation or scarring, or if it simply needs a boost of enhancing colour, CC creams are the solution. These creams are packed full of antioxidants and hard-working ingredients to assist with skin irritations as well as provide anti-ageing benefits.

Our current CC faves:

  1. Physicians Formula Super CC Cream, R274,95
  2. Eucerin Sun Creme Tinted CC SPF 50+ for sensitive skin, R199,99
  3. L’Occitane Peony CC Skin Tone Perfecting Cream, R525
  4. Revlon Age Defying CC Cream, R239

Daily Defenders

DD creams combine all the benefits of both BB and CC, but their specific formulations are intended to defend against the dangers of the sun thus combatting early signs of ageing. If you’re concerned about fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and blemishes, then a DD cream is your one-stop solution. Keep your eyes peeled, we’ll be sure to let you know when DD drops in SA.


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  1. Parbie

    I personally love the Ganier bb cream. I opt to use that as a foundation and then just apply powder on top and it looks great! I used to buy the dark tone but it seems to have been discontinued so now I use medium which still works fine

    1 year ago •

  1. Yaseera Yasiikinz Suliman

    I particularly love the Eucerin CC! Cannot wait to try out this new DD creams! Sounds interesting and might actually be the best thing since sliced bread!

    1 year ago •

  1. Sasha Kempen

    I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t found the right one yet, but I usually just reach for foundation apposed to BB or CC creams. The only BB cream I really enjoyed was one from Avon, which left skin looking so healthy and glowy, but then in summer it looked super greasy.

    1 year ago •


    The Eucerin one is amazing! got some from BSA to try out!

    1 year ago •

  1. Lana Faulmann

    My skin gets quite irritated and i can only use CC’s. I would love to try the Eucerin brand

    1 year ago •

  1. Zanele Mondi

    I love the Ponds BB and I wanna try more CC’s this year.

    1 year ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    Glad to hear there is the DD range, hopefully even a better protector.

    1 year ago •

  1. Danielle Cateley

    I’m looking forward to finding some DD creams in stores, I’d love to try one out :) Great informative article!

    1 year ago •

  1. Chantelle Thompson

    Garnier BB cream is my all time favourite. It goes on evenly, does not cake your face and provides such a healthy amazing glow especially in summer

    1 year ago •

  1. Arlene Beukes

    I can’t wait for DD creams to hit South African store shelves. Definitely a product worth investing in. Thanks for the fantastic article, BSA!

    1 year ago •

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