BB cream, otherwise known as beauty balm, has been all the rage since its introduction to the U.S. last year. Now a new all-in-one product is coming up in the ranks, CC cream, and has everything that BB cream does but with a slight difference. Here's what you need to know to choose the right one for you.

As a busy mom of three, makeup is often the last thing I think of in the morning. I do wear it, but it usually is smeared on fast and furiously, as a toddler is tugging at my leg begging to be fed. Therefore, the more steps you can eliminate from my everyday beauty routine, the better. Luckily, moms everywhere can rejoice and actually take five minutes to drink their morning coffee now that BB and CC creams are widely available. Here's a look at the differences between the two and how to pick the right one for you and your skin.

BB cream

BB cream was created in the 1960s by a German dermatologist that used it to protect her clients' skin after surgery. Since then, it has been an Eastern world beauty secret and recently made its debut into the Western world last year. BB cream is currently having its glory moment with every cosmetic company making their own version of it. Similar to a tinted moisturizer, BB creams offer foundation coverage, sunscreen, hydrating benefits and antioxidant ingredients all in one tube. Not meant to be worn at night, the BB cream will give your skin these benefits during daylight hours while you'll still have to replace them with something else at night.

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CC cream

CC cream, which stands for Color Correct Cream, is fairly new to the market and has all of the antioxidant, hydrating and coverage benefits of BB cream but targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation with specialized ingredients like vitamin A. The formula for CC cream is still fairly new as cosmetic companies just started branding and putting them on the shelves in early 2012. Same as BB cream, CC cream is for daylight hours only so you will still need to have a separate nighttime serum and moisturizer.

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Which one is for you?

BB cream is more preventative than corrective, so if you're looking for long-term benefits like anti-aging antioxidants, you might want to stick with a CC cream. Age is also a factor. The older you get, the more corrective power you need which means you're a perfect candidate for CC cream. You'll also want to be aware of the shades the creams come in. Some BB creams come in one shade only and the coverage is so light that you almost need a tinted moisturizer over it which defeats the purpose of an all-in-one beauty product. Take the time to test out each one and find which cream works best for your skin because these creams are definitely not one size fits all. However, once you do find the cream that fits, you'll be in beauty heaven.

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