When Your Foundation Turns On You


So you’ve been wearing the same foundation shade for the past few years. It’s always been completely perfect for your skin tone, until now.

It seems like it happened overnight! What used to be your perfect match has now turned orange! 

If this hasn’t happened to you yet, know it most likely will if you’re not prepared.

Your foundation can and will turn on you over time when there’s been a significant change in the PH level of your skin. 

So what exactly is PH?

It stands for Power of Hydrogen; a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. It may sound complicated, but it’s really quite simple.

PH level measures how acidic or alkaline our skin is. These levels will change throughout our lifetime as we age, but becomes more common when our skin comes into contact with new skincare products, overexposure to the sun, and pollution from cigarette smoke and the environment.

Our foundation will turn orange when too much PH from the oil of our skin mixes with the pigment of the foundation shade and becomes oxidized.

Is it really necessary to balance your skin’s PH? 

When the skin’s PH level is too Acidic or Alkaline, it paves the way for skin conditions like Rosacea, Dermatitis and Eczema to develop.

So, what can you do to be sure your skin has the proper balance?

It’s all about using the right skin care products for your unique skin type. Using those products creates the right moisture balance, thus creates the proper PH.

How do you know what you’re using will create this balance?

Using a cleanser that doesn’t contain sodium laureth sulfate, an ingredient that can over-dry and irritate the skin causing the PH to skyrocket is a great start.

Adding a facial toner to your routine is another way as it’s created with ingredients that automatically balance the skin’s ph.

And finally, when using the right moisturizer for your particular skin type you’re giving it the amount of “good oil” it needs which also keeps the acid in the oil manageable.

Has your foundation ever turned on  you? What did you do about it? try another brand or shade of foundation, or did you switch out your skincare products? Share your story below and let’s chat!



One thought on “When Your Foundation Turns On You

  1. This was a very timely blog! I received the bb cream and wore it two days and loved it. Yesterday, I put my vitamin C serum on(which I don’t usually do) and in about a hour I looked like a pumpkin. As I was reading your blog it hit me that maybe putting on that vitamin C serum was not a very good idea! Didn’t apply the serum today and I am no longer looking like a haloween decoration. Thanks so much for writing this!

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