Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50

by Replenix  
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$29 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Sun Products > SPF 50 and Higher Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is another outstanding product from the Topix Replenix line—a brand whose SPF products consistently impress us.

The "Physical" in Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 refers to its active ingredient zinc oxide, a mineral that shields skin much like a blanket would, hence the term "physical." In contrast, sunscreen actives such as avobenzone are often labeled "chemical" sunscreens because the manner in which they work involves a chemical reaction. However, physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide is the other one) are chemicals, too, so don't construe that such SPF products are "chemical-free" because that's not the case. Everything around us is composed of chemicals; "chemicals" is not a bad word!

Name aside, this fragrance-free sunscreen has a creamy -smooth texture best for normal to dry skin. The gentle formula and the choice of zinc oxide as the sole active ingredient also makes this a winning option for those with sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

Worth noting is that the amount of zinc oxide (which in this case does not leave a telltale white cast) lends a matte finish, yet this product remains slightly moist on skin, something those with oily skin may find too heavy. Contrary to claim, you will be aware you have this on; it's not that light!

As with all of the Replenix SPF products we rated highly, this contains a very good mix of antioxidants with lots of research behind their use in products like this. Such ingredients are important additions to a sunscreen because they enhance its effectiveness while helping to defend skin against free radicals, which are generated every time skin is exposed to UV light.

Note: Because this product is regulated in the United States as an over-the-counter drug, its inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. Although this is allowable, we have far more respect for companies that choose instead to list their non-active sunscreen ingredients in descending order of concentration, so you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other skin-care or makeup product.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains several tried-and-true antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Cosmetically elegant, wonderfully silky texture is easy to apply and wears well under makeup.
  • The zinc oxide does not leave a telltale white cast.
Cons:
  • The ingredient label is in alphabetical order instead of descending order of concentration, so you can't tell how much of any ingredient, whether it's good or bad, you are actually putting on your face.

Formulated with anti-aging antioxidants, including green tea polyphenols, resveratrol, vitamin C, emblica and Co-Q10, as well as the best physical sun blockers, your skin will stay looking younger for longer, while being protected from sunburn and other sun damage. Lightweight and residue-free, you won’t even notice you’re wearing it.

Active Ingredient: 13.75% Zinc Oxide; Inactive Ingredients: Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Biotin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dicetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Isostearate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Potassium Hydroxide, Purified Water, Retinyl Palmitate, Resveratrol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Xanthan Gum.

Replenix is a sub-brand of Topix Pharmaceuticals. For more information on Topix, including reviews, please visit its brand page here on Beautypedia.

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Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
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  1. Star S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 27, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Good sunscreen but not a moisturizer!
    • I have very sensitive eyes, and, thankfully, I can use this sunscreen without irritating my eyes. Also, it's not as sticky and white as some zinc oxide sunscreens (like Vanicream, for example). However, it can't be used by itself as a moisturizer. When I tried to spread foundation over it, the foundation dragged. I had to start over and add a moisturizer. I'd like to keep using the sunscreen if I can figure out the "layering" process.

  2. TRACY F.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 09, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Hopeful
    • Hope this works because it's hard to find a physical sunscreen with good ingredients. It's a thick cream but it goes on smoothly--contrary to PC review it does NOT stay moist. Absorbs quickly to a matte finish. Looks like I very lightly dusted on powder. Feels like nothing on my skin, no shine ever. Problem I have is when putting foundation or even just powder over it, it balls up and flakes. I use only PC products, have dry, rosacea prone, VERY sensitive skin. Going to keep trying it.

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