Citrix Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30

3.50 fl. oz. for $ 27.70
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This is a very good, fragrance-free sunscreen for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts. Broad-spectrum sun protection is provided by zinc oxide as well as a synthetic sunscreen active ingredient (octinoxate). If this were a pure zinc oxide sunscreen it would be a better bet for those with rosacea or extra-sensitive skin, but as is we recommend proceeding with caution if you struggle with sensitive, reactive skin. Otherwise, this is highly recommended for its sun protection and antioxidant-rich formula.

Despite being described as "light," this sunscreen has a creamy, somewhat thick texture. Note that the inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. This is permissible because in the United States sunscreens are regulated as over-the-counter drugs. Many companies selling sunscreens do list their ingredients in descending order of content to make their ingredient lists more helpful to the consumer, something Topix could have easily done, too.

The micronized zinc oxide this contains does not leave a strong white cast, but, as with any mineral-infused sunscreen, it should be blended thoroughly.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains antioxidants for an additional measure of defense and repair.
  • Does not leave a strong white cast.
  • On the pricey side, which may discourage liberal application, which is necessary to get the amount of sun protection stated on the label.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Citrix Antioxidant Sunscreen has been specially formulated with micronized zinc oxide to provide the highest level of broad spectrum protection in combination with a rich blend of free radical quenching antioxidants consisting of liposomal vitamin A,C,E, green tea extract and co-Q10. Formulation is light, oil-free and fast absorbing while providing SPF 30 protection.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 7.0%. Other Ingredients: Ascorbyl Glucosamine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceresin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Coenzyme Q10, Cyclomethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Green Tea Extract, Laureth-7, Laurylmethicone Copolyol, Methylparaben, Phospholipids, Polyacrylamide, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Chloride, Superoxide Dismutase, Tocopheryl Acetate.

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-brightening 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 lan; 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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