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The latest evolution in multifunctional skincare from Asia to hit the U.S. is CC creams. This is the next generation to the all-in-one BB cream (aka blemish balm), which merges skincare and makeup. Whereas a BB cream is primer, sunscreen, skin brightener and anti-ager all in one; a CC cream adds color correction to the multitasking list. CC creams provide more coverage, protection, hydration and skin-nourishing ingredients than their predecessor BB cream. As of this writing, there are only a few color-correcting creams in the U.S. and Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream ($39) is the only organic CC cream on the market.
The CC cream is part of Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Repair collection and contains the same proprietary blend of fruit stem cells found in the Repair Booster Serum ($75 in the shop). Like the serum (which serves as nice primer to the CC cream), the cream’s base is a signature blend of apple, grape, lemon and aloe juices that promote skin rejuvenation. Hydrating ingredients include caprylic/capric triglycerides, hyaluronic acid, organic sunflower seed, and jojoba oils. Free-radical protection is provided by the network antioxidants vitamin C (in MAP form) and E. Magnesium sulfate serves as a natural anti-inflammatory and ethylhexylglycerin is a natural preservative. Some might be sensitive to the inclusion of essential oils.
A highlight of this all organic cream is the high mineral based broad spectrum protection of SPF 30 from zinc oxide. As noted in smart sunscreen shopping, zinc oxide is the best and safest sunscreen ingredient. However, there is some debate surrounding the use of of it nanoparticle size due to potential skin penetration, thus “micronized” zinc is best to use. Juice Beauty uses a whopping 20% concentration of non-nano, micronized zinc oxide. However, don’t let the high percentage of the mineral content deceive you into thinking it’ll leave the usual tell-tale chalky white mask. This is a color correcting cream after all and is highly pigmented using iron oxides, known to be safe as they are non-toxic, non-bleeding and moisture resistant. There are also no studies showing them to be allergens or irritants; thus, they are considered ideal substitutes for ferrous or ferric oxide.
A common complaint of BB creams is that although the shades are meant to be “universal,” they generally don’t work well on darker skin tones. Juice Beauty’s CC cream is available in two shades: natural glow and warm glow. I have medium dark skin and the warm glow shade blends perfectly with my skin tone, providing just the amount of coverage I like and indeed gives skin a “warm glow.” Per Juice Beauty, the shade blends with even the darkest skin tones. Unlike silicone-loaded BB creams, it has a light mousse-like texture and goes on easily. The cream feels like a light moisturizer that disappears into skin and it’s easy to forget I'm wearing it.
Now, I must point out that I’m not the best person to attest to whether CC creams are better suited for dark skin or if they provide more coverage. That’s because I didn’t have any complaints with the only BB cream I’ve used. 3Lab’s Perfect BB Cream SPF 40/PA+++ happens to be known for its flawless coverage, and I’ve previously raved that it actually adjusts to my skin color. I think that 3Lab’s BB cream is somewhat atypical for a BB cream, so I wouldn’t consider it useful in a BB vs. CC cream comparison. That said, I really enjoy wearing Juice Beauty’s CC cream. Moreover, Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular RepairCC cream is in a category of its own. As the only organic CC cream on the market, there’s a lot to like in the formulation, which contains a multitude of skin beneficial ingredients at an outstanding price point.
Ingredients: Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 20%; Inactive Ingredients: Juice Beauty Proprietary Blend Of Fruit Stem Cells: Apple Buds, Grape Buds & Lemon Bark. Organic Juices Of Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice)*, Vitis Vinifera (Organic White Grape Juice)*, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Leaf Juice)*, Cocos Nucifera (Organic Coconut Oil)*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Stearate, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Magnesium Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba Seed Oil)*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyaluronate (Vegetable Hyaluronic Acid), Malus Sylvestris (Apple Buds), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Buds) & Citrus Limonum (Lemon Bark), Iron Oxides, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) & Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Pure Essential Oils *Certified Organic Ingredient