By Marissa DeSantis
As the weather continues to warm up, you’ve probably already found yourself switching up your beauty routine. Heavy face creams are replaced with lightweight gel formulas, scented moisturizers and body washes take on softer notes, while dark berry lip colors take a backseat to brighter coral shades. But if you haven’t swapped out your usual foundation for a multi-tasking CC cream formula, you’re missing out.
Short for “color correcting,” CC creams are more lightweight than foundation, but they provide more coverage than tinted moisturizers if you still want something that conceals things like redness, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and dark undereye circles. They don’t stop there, either, CC creams also boost skin benefits. Typically including a mix of ingredients that protect, brighten, soothe, and even fight off signs of aging.
Most importantly included in a CC cream’s ‘good-for-skin ingredient list’ is SPF.
Though it won’t totally replace the need for sunscreen (especially if you apply your makeup sparingly), the additional SPF will help better protect your skin and prevent signs of sun damage.
To find your match, check out these six SPF-infused CC creams.
Whether you’ve already committed to an organic and sustainable beauty routine or you’re looking to integrate cleaner beauty products that actually work into your lineup, Juice Beauty has you covered. The Stem Cellular CC Cream provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection with mineral SPF zinc oxide, which is not only recommended for sensitive skin, but is also reef-safe (aka it’s more environmentally friendly).
Though it’s a lighter coverage CC cream formula, it still helps to even out the skin tone and is loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients like resveratrol, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It’s also worth noting that Juice Beauty is USDA certified organic, Leaping Bunny certified, and focuses on sustainable practices.
Chanel’s CC Cream immediately protects, moisturizes, and evens your complexion while helping to improve your skin in the long run. In addition to keeping skin healthy with broad spectrum SPF 50, the medium-to-full coverage CC cream includes murunga plum extract and hyaluronic acid.
While you probably already know that hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps the skin, murunga plum extract is a lesser-known ingredient. Rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, the multitasking super fruit helps to fight early signs of aging by protecting the skin from environmental aggressors and brightening the skin’s overall appearance.
At the opposite end of the price spectrum, you can grab the ELF Cosmetics Camo CC Cream right at the drugstore. A medium-to-full coverage formula, ELF’s skin-enhancing ingredients include hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and peptides. With 20 color options that factor in your skin shade and undertone, this CC cream offers the most shade variety, making it easier to find your perfect match.
Another mineral SPF option that’s better for the environment, Supergoop! CC Screen uses a combination of titanium dioxide and non-nano zinc oxide, which protect the skin from the sun by absorbing UVB rays and reflecting UVA rays. The light coverage formula is also non-comedogenic and oil-free for sensitive and acne-prone skin types, and it includes brightening and protecting ingredients like apple extract and red seaweed extract.
This dermatologist-recommended CC cream wears like a foundation with full coverage and 24-hour color wear. Of course, it’s still formulated with ingredients that protect the skin and improve its appearance, like SPF 50 and antioxidants niacinamide and vitamin E.
Dermablend is also an ideal choice for anyone with skin sensitivities, as the CC cream is allergy-tested and free of common irritants like fragrance, oil, and parabens.
For skin that’s oily, makeup that helps combat shine is a must in the summer. This CC cream from IT Cosmetics provides full coverage with a matte finish, plus it’s formulated with charcoal and colloidal clay to help detoxify and absorb oil as well as acne-fighting tea tree oil.
Of course, it also contains the brand’s anti-aging serum, which includes collagen, peptides (the building blocks of collagen and elastin fibers) and a blend of vitamins and antioxidants that have helped to make the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream a beauty editor’s favorite.