IT Cosmetics describes their CC cream as, “your full coverage foundation, brightening color, anti-aging serum, pore minimizing primer, dark spot corrector, moisturizing day cream, plus UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical only SPF 50+ all in one easy step!”
I have to admit that I have a tendency to become a skeptic when anyone or brand makes big claims, but how could I not engage in the trial to see if this CC cream was indeed everything it promotes itself to be?
Over the past two years these creams seem to be increasingly taking over the beauty shelves, yet many busy women, such as myself, are still a little unsure about what these alphabet soup-sounding creams are, so I thought I’d take a moment to clarify.
CC and BB creams are not actually new facial creams. The BB cream was originally invented in the 1960’s when Germany dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek formulated it for her patients as a protective measure after undergoing peel or laser surgeries. The eastern cosmetic market, particularly in places like South Korea (who are the go-to folks for expertise on the creams), have had access to and have been refining these amazing creams since the mid-1980’s.
To answer the question of what they are, in short, BB stands for Blemish Balm. A BB cream is a tinted moisturizer that provides coverage, nourishment, and assists in evening the appearance of the facial surface. Many BB creams also include SPF protection, as well as other multi-purpose functions such as anti-aging properties. CC stands for Color Correcting, and is a pumped-up version of a BB cream. In addition to what the BB cream has to offer, it has multiplied its nourishing properties to assist in minimizing the appearance of redness, age spots, and/or a spectrum of other skin discolorations that may occur. It also helps to brighten and may provide better foundation coverage than a BB cream.
Admittedly, since using IT Cosmetics CC full coverage cream I have been feeling like what I once thought was just alphabet soup non-sense to make an extra dollar is more like a best-kept secret for far too long scenario.
Here is the scoop on my personal experience:
I have a few scattered sunspots on my face and, unfortunately, with age a few fine lines have nuzzled into the crevasses of my once smooth skin. Friends tell me it’s no big deal, however when my 11 year-old told me I looked much younger when I didn’t wear foundation, I knew why. I too noticed that the heavier foundations I once was able to wear in my younger years started to take to these “fine lines” making them appear larger and giving me that “older appearance” that my honest Abe so poignantly pointed out.
However, the IT Cosmetics CC cream not only completely corrected the appearance of my slightly uneven skin tone, it moisturized and was light enough to avoid the cake face no-no appearance. It also gave me a natural looking glow, and yes my pores did appear smaller (therefore this cream minimizes their appearance.) I received compliments like, “Courtney, your makeup looks so nice today and you have such a glow!” Um, yes I will take that to the bank. The SPF 50+UVA/UVB protection is another fabulous property for countless reasons, but in terms of functional purposes I loved that I didn’t have to think about applying sunscreen when at the kids games or out on day trips.
It would behoove the busy woman to put this on the must have list. It will save you time, money (since it is so many products in one), and make you look oh so fabulously flawless in one easy step!
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