You might have heard already that some foundations oxidise, and may have wondered what that means?  So we at Gordons Chemists have decided to share with you why oxidation happens and how to prevent it…


Oxidation is a chemical reaction, therefore, when your foundation is exposed to the oxygen in the air for a long period of time, it can turn one or two shades darker (or more orange).


The tough thing about oxidation is that there is no single ingredient that is the offender behind the process.  Your skin produces natural oils, when these oils react with the pigment in the foundation, and humidity in the air – Oxidation occurs!


Foundation oxidising





So now you know the reason behind oxidation – now for how to prevent it…


Prime the face –

The main purpose of a primer is to minimize fine lines and pores, whilst increasing the longevity of your makeup.  However it also acts as a barrier between your skin and the foundation, which should prevent your foundation from reacting with your skins natural oils.

There are many forms of primer out there but my personal favourite is the Nivea Men Post Shave balm (Please click here to find out why this primer is a must have).  


Skin Blotting –

Most cosmetic companies have developed their own range of blotting paper in compact packaging that you can pop into your handbag.  However, if you don’t want to spend money on these blotting papers, all you need is a half-ply of toilet roll and use it to blot your face.  If you do this after applying your foundation, it will remove any excess oils and moisture to stay matte.  You can also use these on the go when you need a quick pat to matte!


Setting powder –

You should always set your foundation with a setting powder to ensure it lasts! However if you are prone to having your foundation oxidise then I would highly recommend using a setting powder as this will help lock the makeup in place and absorb any of the remaining oil.

You can also re-apply your setting powder throughout the day if you need a top up.

There you have it – if you simply prime your face, use setting powder, carry blotting paper and possibly buy a foundation a few shades lighter! This should minimise the chances of oxidation!



Foundation oxidising