Citrix Antioxidant Body Lotion

by Topix  Citrix
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$40 - 6.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
3/14/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Although this body lotion is on the expensive side, if you choose to splurge this is a very good option for normal to dry skin from the neck down. The formula used to earn our recommendation for sensitive skin, too, but the company added fragrance which so it's no longer advised for those with sensitive or reactive skin. On the upside, the amount of fragrance is low and its scent is subtle

The formula contains an impressive mix of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients along with tried-and-true moisturizing ingredients that help relieve dry skin and keep the skin feeling smooth. It can definitely be considered "anti-aging" and is one of the better products in Topix's Citrix line.

Pros:
  • Very good mix of skin-softening emollients and skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Contains proven antioxidants (and not in teeny-tiny amounts).
  • Moisturizes without feeling greasy, and absorbs quickly.
Cons:
  • Definitely on the pricey side, but the formula is impressive.

This light, hydrating, soothing and oil-free formula delivers liposomal Vitamins A,C,E, Green Tea Extract and Co-Q10 to assist in minimizing free-radical induced skin damage while aiding in the restoration of healthy looking skin.

Purified Water, Petrolatum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Squalane, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis (Great Tea) Leaf Extract, Ubiquinone (Co-Q10), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Bisabolol, Ascrobyl Glucosamine, Superoxide Dismutase, Hydrolyzed Glycoaminoglycans, PEG-100 Stearate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Methlyparaben, Propylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Diaxolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Topix is best known for its two chief skin-care brands, Replenix and Citrix. Of the two, we're asked most often about the Replenix collection; the Citrix line is smaller and focused on anti-aging products with vitamin C. The Replenix products contain a broader range of anti-aging ingredients, such as retinol, green tea, and grape-derived resveratrol, and the claims are broader, too—so little surprise that the Replenix products appeal to more people concerned with signs of aging. Both Replenix and Citrix offer fragrance-free formulas, albeit at fairly high prices, which is typical of most physician-dispensed lines.

A chief selling point of Topix is its physician-dispensed angle, which gives the products a medical élan; in truth, however, not a single ingredient in these products is "medicinal," prescription, or exclusive to physician-sold products. That is, you don't need to see a doctor to be "prescribed" Topix products; rather, they can be obtained from several websites, no appointment necessary. The big question is whether or not you should add any Topix products to your shopping cart—and the answer is "it depends."

Within the Replenix line, the most interesting products include the serums and moisturizers. Although none of them are superior to the best options available, most of them do offer good (though pricey) formulas that treat skin to a range of beneficial ingredients.

If you're keen on retinol (and it's a great anti-aging ingredient), Replenix has you covered with several serums offering different strengths of retinol. The various strengths allow you to "step up" to stronger retinol products once your skin has acclimated to the lower strengths. Although that sounds intriguing, it's not really necessary. As we explain in the reviews, more retinol is not necessarily better, and some may find the higher-strength retinol products too sensitizing, so caution is warranted. Indeed, some people cannot tolerate any amount of retinol!

The Citrix products aren't all that exciting unless you want vitamin C in every product. Although there's nothing wrong with vitamin C, it's a mistaken notion to focus on one hero ingredient because skin requires a variety of beneficial ingredients to look and act younger. Topix also adds growth factors to their Citrix serums, but these growth-factor ingredients are unproven for topical use and may present risks (we explain why in the reviews). In short, Citrix isn't all that exciting, and several of these products fall short in one way or another.

Our research revealed that Topix has some intriguing products, but, with few exceptions, there is nothing that you cannot find elsewhere for less money. It's important to let go of the notion that skin-care products sold at a doctor's office are superior to those sold elsewhere. The truth is: There are good and bad products in every retail outlet—knowing what you're buying is more important than where you're buying it or who's selling it!

For more information about Topix, call (800) 445-2595 or visit www.topixpharm.com.

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