We can all be guilty of over indulging our skin when the warm weather arrives – I mean who doesn’t enjoy the warmth of the sun’s rays on your body and a bronzed healthy glow? The truth is protecting skin against the harmful UV rays should be a year round commitment. Aside from potentially causing skin cancer, the ravages wrought by the sun’s UV rays also degrade collagen in skin which causes unnecessary wrinkles as well as an overproduction of ‘melanin’ (our skin pigment) creating pigmentation flaws and age spots.

There are two types of UV radiation that can affect your skin; the longer UVA rays which penetrate deep into the dermis resulting in premature ageing and the shorter UVB rays which can lead to sunburn and superficial damage to the epidermis with excessive exposure. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect the skin from UV rays. Whether it’s winter or summer, rain or shine, any time spent outdoors can leave the skin vulnerable to sun damage, so it is always important to safeguard the skin by using an SPF.

Still on a quest for a natural-looking, flawless complexion? Thankfully, heavy, full-coverage foundations aren’t your only option for faking it when your skin won’t behave in the sun. Colour correction (aka CC) cream is a skincare-makeup hybrid that tackles issues like ageing, discoloration, and more head on—or face-first, if you will. Similar to their little sister products, BB cream (which stands for beauty balm), CC creams offer more coverage and assist in smoothing out fine lines or wrinkles. Choosing a formula that already contains broad-spectrum sunscreen is ideal since it will help you eliminate another step in your routine. Bonus!

CC creams have been a cultfavourite beauty item in Europe for years, and they’re becoming a mainstay in The Middle East too thanks largely to current makeup trends. CC cream became popular following the introduction of BB cream, when the ‘no makeup, makeup look’ hit its stride. Now it’s been around for a while and we can’t envision it going anywhere because of its great corrective abilities.

Unlike multitasking BB creams (“BB” stands for “beauty balm”), which work as an SPF, foundation, concealer, moisturiser, and primer with some skincare benefits, the “CC” in CC cream stands for “colour correction” and does just that. While BB creams act like a light foundation, CC creams provide less overall coverage but are great for camouflaging redness and sunspots. CC creams have more targeted uses and are best for those with hyperpigmentation or problem skin.

While CC cream isn’t an all-in-one product like BB cream, it can do double duty as a light foundation if you prefer a very light coverage. People love that it doesn’t feel heavy and still manages to hide redness or other skin discoloration.

Applying CC cream evenly can be tricky, so we recommend using a Beauty Blender makeup sponge. CC cream is a buildable formula, which is especially important in areas that need more correcting. Using a Beauty Blender allows you to build the product while still having an even finish. If you don’t have a makeup sponge, use your fingers. A small amount of product should be dotted on the cheeks, chin, and forehead. Blend over the face using a patting motion to maximise coverage.

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