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Replenix Intensive Eye Lightening Serum
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0.5 fl. oz. for $73.50
Last Updated:12.10.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Replenix Intensive Eye Lightening Serum is similar to the Replenix Infusion Eye Repair Serum. Both products make the same basic claims and are priced similarly, so we'll focus on the minor differences: The Infusion Eye Repair Serum contains titanium dioxide for a brightening effect and is better formulated than this Intensive Eye Lightening Serum, but both are well done overall.

Intensive Eye Lightening Serum contains a higher amount of peptides, which may look impressive, but peptides are not the missing links for eliminating dark circles, puffiness, or wrinkles. Theoretically, they are cell-communicating ingredients and they have water-binding properties that can benefit skin all over the face, not only around eyes. (In fact, you don't need a special eye-area serum, which we explain in More Info.)

So, which one should you choose? Assuming you understand that neither product is the essential product for treating dark circles, age-related puffiness, or wrinkles, it doesn't matter. Both are fragrance-free and both contain a nice assortment of anti-aging ingredients, although there is nothing in either product that's unique for the eye area; the ingredients found in this product are also found in well-formulated face products. In the end, you can consider skipping both of Replenix's eye products and simply applying a well-formulated moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes instead, especially during the day when your eye area desperately needs sunscreen, which neither of these products contains.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains an intriguing mix of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
  • Skin-repairing ingredients help smooth and strengthen.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • None of the ingredients are slam-dunks for lightening dark circles or reducing age-related puffiness.
More Info:

We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye serum or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye serum. For example, most eye serums (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

Claims

This specially formulated serum s the gentle yet effective approach to achieving the following eye care benefits: Reduction in the appearance of under-eye dark circles; Reduction in the appearance of under-eye puffiness; Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenols, Phyllanthus Emblica Extract, Silybum Marianum (Silymarin) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Padina Pavonica Extract, Phosphorylated Tocopherol, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycereth-26, PVP, PVM/MA Decadeine Crosspolymer, Steareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, 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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