Replenix: What is the Deal With Green Tea
Green tea has been getting a lot of attention lately in the cosmetic and anti-wrinkle industries. There are all sorts of claims for the liquid as being a beneficial drink, as well as a substance that has usefulness when applied directly to the skin. Topix Pharmaceutical Company manufactures a line of skin care products named Replenix, and all the items in the line rely on green tea as one of their main components. Does green tea really have some sort of miracle properties? Does it have the power to turn back the clock? Can it reduce wrinkles, diminish under-eye circles, and combat puffiness, sagging, and dull skin? I decided to see what the unbiased experts in skin care had to say.
After looking at several medical websites including WebMD and Mayo Clinic Online, I found analysis of several studies that indicate people who drink green tea may have several health advantages. Preliminary research shows that incidence of cancer is reduced, memory and alertness are improved, menopausal symptoms are lessened, and the immune system is strengthened. Of course, these studies were done with subjects who drank between 5-10 cups of tea each day. Very little research has been done about the benefits of applying green tea to the skin.
I did find one report that says that green tea (as well as black and white tea) contains several anti-oxidants called polyphenols. These are little free radical-fighting nutrients that find and detoxify the substances in our bodies that tend to damage our cells. In fact, there is about 10 times the amount of antioxidant power in tea than what is found in most fruits and vegetables. Green tea as a topical application has also been shown to benefit the skin as a protection from sunburn. It does not appear to have any harmful side effects in most people. So, on the surface of things, it looks like green tea may indeed be a good ingredient for providing sun protection and for combating the free radicals that cause aging skin.
The problem comes when you look at the ingredient list of the Topix Replenix products.
In order to be beneficial, green tea needs to be found at, or near the top of the list so that you know what you are applying is mostly made of green tea.. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Take the Intensive Eye Lightening Serum, for example. Green tea (scientific name- Camellia Sinensis) is found about in the middle of the ingredient list after such things as purified water, Glycerin, Vitamin D and several peptides. Other products in the Replenix line have similar-looking lists. This means that despite their prominent use of the term “green tea” on their labels and advertising, the Topix Company does not use it as a principle ingredient in its preparations.
So, I decided to look at some of the other components of the Eye Lightening Serum to see if I could discover any reason why it could live up to its promises as a reducer of dark circles, wrinkles, and tired-looking eyes. Glycerin is used in many pharmaceutical products to improve smoothness and help with hydration. Those are certainly good things to include in an anti-wrinkle product.
Peptides are defined by dictionary.com as two or more amino acids that form a chain. It says that many hormones and antibiotics are peptides. Knowing that, I thought it made sense to use peptides in an eye serum, since loss of natural hormones is one of the factors that make us look older. The eye treatment also has kelp and cucumber extracts, which are supposed to help firm, cool, and reduce puffiness. Both of those are natural ingredients that will probably not do any harm to delicate eye-area skin. Ok, so we have green tea, glycerin, cucumber, kelp, and peptides, which all appear to have helpful properties when used on our skin. Does it follow, then, that Replenix Eye Lightening Serum really can help our eyes to look brighter, firmer, and less wrinkled?
Help for Your Eyes?
The only answer I can come up with is…maybe. That seems like a cop-out, I know. But the truth is that each person’s skin is highly individualized. I read reviews of the Replenix serum written by experts, and regular users. Some people claimed to see a big improvement in the firmness and smoothness of the skin around their eyes. Others said that even after using it faithfully for an entire month, they could see no beneficial results.
One thing just about all the review writers agreed on was the lack of results when it came to diminishing dark circles beneath the eyes. Even though this product bills itself as a “lightener,” customers saw very little difference in the color of the delicate skin under their eyes. This is probably because the problem of dark circles is a very difficult one to treat. Many people who are unhappy about this condition have it because of their genetic make-up. Dark circles are hereditary in many cases and there is not much that can be done to erase them. Such patients are better off trying to cover them with a good quality concealer.
Regardless of the effectiveness that Replenix Eye Lightening Serum may have in your particular case, you should know that it is a very pricey product. Most websites I found sold it for more than $70 for a .5 ounce bottle. When you consider that you will also need an over-all moisturizer and a good sunscreen to use in conjunction with it, you are looking at a pretty big investment. Add to that, the fact that the Topix Pharmaceutical Company website does not offer any kind of guarantees, samples, or FAQ’s, and you are taking a risk with the product. None of the ingredients that I found should cause any damage as long as you are not allergic to them, so it might be worth it to you to give it a try. But, green tea or not, I have serious doubts that you will be happy with the results.
In my opinion, you will be better off using LifeCell Skin. It has scores of happy customers who will tell you that they are thrilled with the product. You might also want to try Athena 7 Minute Lift for a quick pick-me-up for your eye area. It gives visible results in a few minutes and can do a lot for your self-confidence. If you choose to use proven products like these, you will be more likely to be pleased with the results.