DD Creams Are Coming, But What The Hell Are They?

Cassie Steer
by Cassie Steer

We’re slowly making our way down the alphabet but are DD creams worth splashing the cash for?

Beauty counters are going to start reading like an M&S lingerie aisle if the latest contender to the complexion-perfecting market is anything to go by. First there were BBs, then CCs and now (are you still with us?) the rise of the DD.

So what the heck is it and does this mean we’re giving BBs the elbow and CCs the old ‘it’s not you it’s me’ line?

Originally marketed as a heavy duty cream for body and feet dubbed a ‘Daily Defense’ cream, things appear to have got a tad more complicated with the launch of Julep’s ‘Dynamic Do It All’ cream. Designed to ‘prime perfect and protect both instantly and over time’, it sounds suspiciously like a BB/CC cream to us but the take-home message is their added anti-aging credentials. Still confused? Let us break it down for you:

BB Cream:
Essentially a turbo-charged tinted moisturiser (it stands for Blemish Balm) with buildable coverage, skincare benefits and an added SPF.

CC Cream:
CCs aka Colour Correcting creams also offer skincare benefits, but their USP is their ability to even out the skintone as well as neutralise redness and a sallow complexion thanks to the addition of nifty colour-adapting pigments.

DD Cream:
Alongside the BB’s skincare benefits and SPF and the CC’s colour correcting credentials, the DDs have more of an anti-aging focus to diminish fine lines and wrinkles over time.

DD’s aside, here are the MC Beauty teams’ favourite complexion perfectors:

Lisa Oxenham, beauty & style director: Origins Smarty Plants CC Skin Complexion Perfector, £28

Cassie Steer, beauty & style editor: Kiehls Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream SPF50, £23.50

Jessica Lacey, beauty features editor: Erborian CC Crème High definition Radiance Cream, £35

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