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Replenix CF Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion
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6 fl. oz. for $37
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Yes, this body lotion is expensive; however, if you're going to splurge on a moisturizer for use from the neck down, this one is worth an audition. The formula is rich in skin-repairing ingredients and also contains silicone for a silky feel.

Also on hand are antioxidants and soothing agents and what's not included—fragrance—is to your skin's benefit! This is an outstanding body lotion for all skin types, including sensitive. It is also worth considering for treating eczema-prone areas.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Loaded with skin-repairing ingredients.
  • Contains antioxidants and soothing agents.
Cons:
  • Expensive, but at least you're getting a range of proven ingredients.
Claims

This silky, fast-absorbing, luxurious moisturizer helps restore and maintain a healthy skin barrier function while preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Replenix® Green Tea Antioxidant Moisturizing Lotion delivers a blend of nourishing and protective antioxidants and emollients to help smooth and soften dry skin.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Dimethicone, Yucca Glauca Root Extract, Ceramide 2, Hyaluronic Acid, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Caffeine, Squalane, Bisabolol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sorbic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA.

Brand Overview

Topix At-A-Glance

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 toner; the growth factors in the Citrix serums are potentially risky ingredients.

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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01.19.2015
Nice moisturizer- for face too?

Paula, a lot of us ladies are using this lotion for our face (being that it is fragrance free). Is this product ok to use on our faces? Advice please, from the team...

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04.14.2014
I use this as a PM facial moisturizer!

I had never used Replenix products before. But I got a free sample pack of this lotion. It didn't say it was body lotion so I used it on my face and loved it! I am in my mid-40s with combination skin. It is a medium weight lotion so I think it would be good for drier skin too. But perhaps too heavy for oily skin. At $37 for 6 ounces I think it's a great price for a nighttime facial lotion (it lacks sunscreen). It's got lots of great ingredients, is fragrance free and moisturizes nicely.

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