Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50+
2 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:03.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This thin-textured, very fluid, fragrance-free daytime moisturizer with sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for reliable UVA (anti-aging) screening.

Due to the thin texture, Topix (the brand behind the Replenix line) packaged this to ensure the product is easy to dispense without making a mess. It's housed in an opaque squeeze bottle that's topped with a needle-nose dispenser, but be careful when using this because it's as fluid as water. The packaging works well to keep the antioxidants stable and effective during use, which is always a plus.

Best for normal to oily or combination skin (with or without breakouts), this super-light daytime moisturizer smoothes on easily and sets to a soft matte finish that wears well under makeup.

As mentioned above, the formula contains antioxidants, and all of them have notable research pertaining to the benefit during daylight hours, when UV light is present.

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 that you know more about what you are putting on your face, just like with any other skin-care or makeup product.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Contains several tried-and-true antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Packaging keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable and ensures this product's runny texture doesn't lead to an inconvenient mess.
  • Soft matte finish and weightless feel are great for oily, breakout-prone skin.
  • Wears well under makeup.
  • 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.

Defend your skin from the sun and the elements with Replenix Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50+ (formerly SPF 55). This transparent formula is virtually weightless on the skin and absorbs quickly for immediate protection. Oil-, fragrance-, and paraben-free, it is safe for sensitive skin.


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5.0%, Oxybenzone 5.0%, Avobenzone 3.0%; Inactive Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Biotin, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Ethylhexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Phenoxyethanol, Phospholipids, Potassium Hydroxide, Purified Water, Resveratrol, Retinyl Palmitate, Sorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10).

Brand Overview

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; several good products with retinol in varying strengths; good moisturizers and cleansers; very good body lotions.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the physician allure may seem enticing, but these products do not require a doctor’s visit or medical supervision; no AHA or BHA exfoliants; no viable skin-lightening options; fragrant toners.

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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