Citrix Antioxidant Eye Cream

by Topix  Citrix
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$31.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This eye cream has an emollient texture suitable for dry skin. It contains a high amount of the mineral pigment mica for a shiny finish; although shine is not skin care and is not a skin-care essential, it can be attractive. Even more important is that you don't need an "eye cream" at all (see More Info to find out why), but if you choose to use one anyway, this is a fairly well-formulated option.

Along with the emollients, mica, and thickeners are a range of vitamin-based antioxidants (including two forms of vitamin C), plus some skin-repairing ingredients. These are essential for all skin types, though not a unique need for the eye area—the rest of your face and neck need these ingredients, too.

The claims mention soothing chamomile and cucumber, but they're among the least intriguing ingredients in this formula. They also mention that the vitamins are "Liposomal," a term that refers to how they're designed for use in cosmetics. Instead of just adding the pure vitamin, the vitamin is encapsulated in a fatty acid "bubble" known as a liposome. As the liposome's membrane dissolves, the vitamin is delivered to the skin. That's great, but a liposomal delivery system is used for lots of ingredients in all kinds of products, and cosmetics chemists also use dozens of other delivery systems; liposomes are just one good option.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Good mix of vitamin- and plant-based antioxidants.
  • Will make dry skin around the eyes (or elsewhere on the face) look and feel better.
Cons:
  • Contains more mica for shine than state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, and shine isn't skin care.
More Info:

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.

You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.

This rich cream formula delivers the soothing benefits of cucumber and chamomile extracts. The Citrix Eye Cream utilizes a rich blend of antioxidants including, Liposomal Vitamins A,C,E and Green Tea Extract in combination with Co-Q10 to assist in minimizing free-radical-induced skin damage while aiding in the restoration of healthy looking skin.

Purified Water, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Glyceryl Dilaurate, Mica, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Myristyl Myristate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Gluosamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Coenzyme Q10, Green Tea Extract, Cucumber Extract, Chamomile Extract, Butylated PVP, Acrylates Copolymer, Acrylates/Stearates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.

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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