A Makeup Artist Says These 10 CC Creams Do the Most for Mature Skin


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Finding the right CC cream can be challenging, especially when you're not sure which ones are right for your skin type. While it's easy to gravitate to whichever CC creams are trending when you're on the lookout for one (I'm guilty of doing this when short on time or energy), familiarizing yourself with the best ingredients and products that will make a difference in your skin's appearance as it matures is important. Remember when you were encouraged to incorporate a good eye cream into your skincare routine after entering your 20s? Here's your sign to do the same for CC cream. 

Read on to learn everything you need to know about CC cream from a makeup artist who has experience working on mature skin. Then discover which products 100% deserve your attention.


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What Is CC Cream?

Think of CC cream as a multitasking makeup product formulated to combat redness, dullness, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and other skin discoloration concerns. The name stands for "color control" or "complexion correction," referencing its unique ability to target problem areas. CC cream can be especially helpful when creating makeup looks on mature skin. "CC Creams typically have more skincare benefits than a traditional foundation, and as we age, ensuring our makeup includes skincare benefits is essential," says veteran makeup artist Laura Geller.

"CC creams are often moisturizing, and some include SPF, both of which help address common concerns of sun protection and hydration as our skin tends to dry as we age," she continues. Geller's namesake brand, founded in 1997, is celebrated for its approach to inclusive products and marketing. (In fact, it exclusively uses women over 40 in advertising.) CC Creams such as Geller's Quench-n-Tint Hydrating Foundation are only the tip of the iceberg.

How to Use CC Cream

When deciding which CC creams to use for mature skin, Geller gravitates toward ones that utilize hyaluronic acid or sodium hyaluronate to repair and protect the skin barrier. "Less is more as we age, so this is a great substitute for foundation on those 'no makeup' makeup days," she adds. "The moisturizing ingredients in your CC cream will ensure it won't crease, crack, or settle into fine lines or wrinkles." According to Geller, CC cream should provide your skin with more benefits than a traditional foundation, a testament to the importance of incorporating ingredients that support healthy and beautiful mature skin.

For the best outcome, Geller recommends applying the product with your fingers and then blending it outward and upward for an even complexion. "Ideally, it's going to give me light coverage and color-correct any discoloration while also serving as a moisturizer," Geller explains. "There's nothing worse than a cream that will dry you out, especially for mature skin."

Best CC Creams for Mature Skin

Best Overall CC Cream: Laura Geller Quench-n-Tint

Best for Full Coverage: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Full Coverage Foundation with SPF 50+

Best for Sheer Coverage: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer

Best for Dry Skin: By Terry Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream

Best for All Skin Types: Supergoop CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50 PA

Best for Combination Skin: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydration Color Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30

Best for Oily Skin: Dermablend Continuous Correction CC Cream SPF 50+

Best Drugstore Option: E.l.f. Cosmetics Camo CC Cream

Best Multitasking Product: Pür Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Best for a Dewy Finish: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illuminating SPF 50+ Full Coverage Cream Corrector & Serum

This article was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.