3 Reasons Why Your Foundation Oxidises And What You Can Do About It

Eesha Kokane , 08 Apr 2020

Foundation Oxidise

Picture this—you’re getting ready in the morning, humming your favourite song and dabbing on and blending your foundation into your skin. It looks absolutely flawless and makes your skin look smooth, even and poreless! However, when you catch a glimpse of yourself in natural sunlight, your foundation is making you look like you are cosplaying Donald Trump. This change of colour of your foundation probably happens either because you picked the wrong shade of foundation or because it oxidises. Oxidisation occurs when an element is exposed to oxygen. Hence, your foundation may look fine indoors in a controlled temperature, but when you step out, the colour may appear to be a shade or two darker. Here’s probably why this happens:

1. Oily Skin

I hate to break it to you; If you have oily skin, your foundation is more likely prone to oxidisation. If you have too much oil in your skin it can contribute to oxidisation, hence making your foundation change colour or worse, it can look orange.

2. Mineral Ingredients

If your foundation contains a high amount of zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or iron oxide, your foundation is more likely to oxidase. These three ingredients are minerals that are commonly found in makeup products. Hence, you should be careful while buying makeup products. If possible, you should always try them before buying.

3. Acidic Skin

We all have a low pH when it comes to our skin. However, the level of acidity ranges from 4.2 to 5.6, so some of us might have more acidic skin compared to others. So, if your skin is slightly more acidic, then it is highly likely that your foundation oxidises.

What You Can Do About It:

If you want to stop your foundation from oxidising, then, try doing these steps:

  • Follow a skincare routine suitable for your skin type. If you have oily skin, use skincare products that will control the oil in your skin.
  • Using a primer will create a barrier between your skin and the foundation which will stop the foundation from reacting with the natural oils of your skin.

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