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How Makeup Can Age You (But Don't Ditch Your Look Just Yet!)

For many of us, makeup is a daily ritual, a way to express ourselves and feel confident. But hidden beneath the shimmering powders and vibrant colors lies a potential threat: excess iron. Some makeup products, particularly those rich in iron oxides, might be contributing more harm than good to your skin's health and youthful appearance.

The Culprits in Your Compact:

Not all makeup is created equal. Here's a closer look at some common culprits:

  • Powders and FoundationsMany foundations and pressed powders use iron oxides for color. Look for ingredients like CI 77491 (red iron oxide), CI 77492 (yellow iron oxide), and CI 77499 (black iron oxide).
  • EyeshadowsEyeshadows are notorious for containing high levels of iron oxides, especially darker shades. Watch out for CI 77491, CI 77492, and CI 77499, as well as mica, which can sometimes contain traces of iron.

The Iron-Aging Connection:

So, why is excess iron bad for your skin? Here's the science:

  • Free Radical FrenzyWhen these iron oxides accumulate on your skin and interact with sunlight or pollutants, they trigger a chain reaction called the Fenton reaction. This reaction generates harmful free radicals, notorious for damaging collagen and elastin, the building blocks of youthful skin.
  • Double the Trouble: As we age, our skin's natural iron levels tend to rise. This, combined with the external iron from makeup, creates a double whammy, accelerating the free radical damage and leading to visible signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots, and uneven skin tone.

Don't Despair! Introducing DII® (Dr-Ironizing Inducer) Technology:

The good news? You don't have to ditch your makeup routine! Introducing DII technology, a revolutionary approach from i-On By Dr. Xi that tackles the root cause of iron-induced aging: excess iron. Whether you've been wearing makeup for years or just starting out, DII technology can help you achieve a more youthful, radiant complexion. This innovative approach isn't just about preventing future iron-induced aging; it also works wonders for repairing past damage caused by excess iron. So, don't feel discouraged! It's never too late to start giving your skin the care it deserves.

DII to the Rescue:

DII technology, a sophisticated formulation of Stabilized Vitamin C and Pearl Powder, elegantly works to remove excess iron from the skin through 5 steps:

  • Reduce: Like a key, DII strategically unlocks trapped excess iron from ferritin, its storage cage.  
  • Release: Vitamin C then acts as a magnet, attracting and grabbing the free iron. 
  • Remove: The dangerous excess iron is neutralized by Pearl Powder, turning it into harmless and safe calcium, beneficial to your skin. Its high buffering capacity ensures long-lasting protection. 
  • Repair: With iron neutralized and your skin protected, the powerful ingredients in i-On By Dr. Xi formulations repair past damage and restore youthful radiance. 
  • Rebuild: DII doesn't just repair; it builds a future-proof shield, continuously intercepting future iron attacks and ensuring lasting skin health and protection

Embrace Your Beauty, Smarter with DII:

Don't choose between expressing yourself and protecting your skin's health. DII empowers you to enjoy the confidence and self-expression that makeup brings while safeguarding your skin from the secret dangers of iron oxides. Explore the range of i-On By Dr. Xi products powered by DII technology and discover a new era of wearing your favorite makeup that enhances your beauty without accelerating your age.


  • Prevention is keyStart using DII products early to prevent iron-induced aging before it starts.
  • Cleanse thoroughlyRemove all makeup before bed to prevent iron oxides from lingering on your skin. I-On By Dr. Xi’s Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser is ideal as it’s luxurious lather whisks away makeup and impurities without a hint of dryness, leaving skin perfectly prepped for DII Technology
  • Choose wiselyOpt for makeup brands that disclose their ingredients and use fewer iron oxides.

With the right knowledge and the power of DII technology, you can rewrite the makeup story for your skin, ensuring it stays healthy, vibrant, and ageless for years to come.

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