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Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to trade in those heavy-duty formulas for something lighter, and we have the perfect solution: BB and CC creams. The lighter the formula, the more long-lasting (in general) it’ll be throughout a hot sunny day. Plus, BB and CC creams are seriously skin-friendly and usually contain SPF, which is another major bonus. To help you decide which summer-solution will work for your skin type and preferred coverage, we broke it down into CC and BB creams (yup, there’s a difference) and included our fave products. Check it out:

Solution 1: BB Cream

BB creams are another skin-saving product to come out of Korea, and we’ll be forever thankful. The BB reference originally stood for blemish balm, however when it emigrated to the west it was adapted to beauty balm – although there isn’t anything balmy about it. A BB cream is a sheer cream with very light coverage. It’s similar to a tinted moisturizer however it has added skincare benefits; most importantly it provides sun protection.

Depending on the BB cream formula, it can also have anti-aging and hydrating ingredients to replenish your skin. It’s perfect for those days when you want to wear something light on your skin with a natural skin-like finish. Although bear in mind it’ll not replace your sunscreen, especially during the summer months, so don’t forget to apply SPF 30 before applying.

The bottom line: A light coverage cream with a sheer finish.

BB CREAMS Source: Dr. Jart+, Bare Minerals, L’Oreal

Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45, $34: This BB cream is hella-hydrating, and it boasts broad spectrum SPF 45 to help protect your skin from UVA and UVB damage.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, $32: If dry skin is an issue for you, this BB cream is perfect as the formula is enriched with marine extracts to hydrate and brighten your skin. It also has SPF 30 and comes in 16 different shades.

L’Oreal Paris Bonjour Nudista Skin Tint Wake Up And Go, $10: This lightweight BB cream will help even out skin tone and give your skin a luminous finish.

Solution 2: CC cream

A CC cream is a color-correcting formula that neutralizes uneven skin tone by using color canceling tones. It’s perfect for skin that’s prone to redness, blotchiness or hyperpigmentation. It has an almost-whipped texture and is ordinarily heavier than a BB cream as it offers more coverage. Most CC creams also contain SPF to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. We’d recommend CC creams for someone who prefers more coverage to conceal any blemishes, pigmentation, or uneven tone.

The bottom line: A light to medium coverage color correcting cream.

CC CREAMSSource: It Cosmetics, Clinique, Physician’s Formula

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40, $39: This CC cream is perfect if you want a full coverage option while still being kind to your skin. It’s also great if you have oily or acne-prone skin as it contains charcoal and clay to absorb oil, and tea tree extract to combat blemishes.

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream, $39: This CC cream is like a skincare-makeup hybrid, it’s that hydrating. It also has SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun and of course, it’ll help conceal any redness or dullness.

Physicians Formula Super CC Correct + Conceal + Cover Cream, $8: As you can probably guess from its name, this cream is a do-it-all. It offers medium coverage to cancel out any redness or hyperpigmentation and can even be used to conceal dark circles.

Do you guys use BB or CC creams? Let us know in the comments below.