Pixi Glow Tonic was one of the products that marked my entry into using acid toners. As you can see from the picture above, I’ve been using it for around 3 months now and I’m ready to share my thoughts on it with you. Let’s start by looking at its ingredient list, shall we?
Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Caramel, Red 4 (CI 14700).
The product contains 5% glycolic acid which helps in accelerating the turnover rate of skin cells. What this means is that it helps to rid the old dead skin cells on your face, revealing the fresh new cells underneath. Now I must preface this by telling you about the condition of my skin first. I’ve combination skin that is prone to clogged pores, especially during the week before and after my period. I don’t really have problems with wrinkles or sagging skin yet. As I spend long hours in air-conditioned offices and sleep in an air-conditioned room, my skin is also dehydrated.
How does the PIXI Glow Tonic fare?
The PIXI glow tonic is a runny water-like acid toner. In my opinion, exfoliating toners with such watery consistency are best applied by pouring some out onto the cotton pad and swiping it all over your face. My experience in using this product is that my skin tingles when I used this the first few times. However, the tingles are slight and there is absolutely no burning sensation and my face didn’t turn red or even pink. I don’t even feel the tingles anymore after those initial times (I’m not certain about its effects on those people with sensitive skin so please try to get samples or do a patch test before you use it if you have sensitive skin). After using this for three months, I noticed that my clogged pores has lessened and my skin is generally smoother, more even toned and “fresher” as it were. I’ve also experienced lesser breakouts during that time of the month and existing breakouts also seemed to heal faster. One thing which surprised me about this product is that somehow I have a feeling that my skin is not as dehydrated when I use this. Does anybody have any explanation for that or am I imagining things? Another thing which I wish to highlight is that this product has a slight herbal floral smell (that I didn’t like) but it dissipates quite fast so you won’t be smelling it all day on your face.
I think that this is a good product for people starting on acid toners or those who cannot use stronger acids *not THAT kind obviously.. =p* but want something to counteract dullness in their skin. I used to apply the glow tonic day and night but now I only use this in the daytime as I’m currently testing some other products at night. My routine in the daytime is this: Cleanser => Pixi glow tonic => hydrating mist => hydrating serum(s) => day moisturiser mixed with a few drops of facial oil => sunscreen.
Where can you find it?
I bought PIXI glow tonic from ASOS online but the product is now available in Sephora stores in Singapore and is retailing at S$28 (100ml size) and S$45 (250ml size).
Thank you for reading!