I bought the PIXI Glow Peel Pads about a few months ago because I was curious about how it compares to the relatively more famous PIXI Glow Tonic. Instead of being in a liquid toner form, this product comes in pre-soaked pads that you can just wipe all over your face. However, you’ll need to note that this is a rinse off product unlike the glow tonic which is a leave-on product. I believe that this product might be more convenient for traveling as there would be no restrictions on liquids.
Let’s check out its ingredients below, shall we?
Water, Glycolic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Polysorbate 20, SD Alcohol 40-B, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arginine, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride.
You can see from the ingredients list that like its sister PIXI Glow Tonic, the majority of the acid it contains is glycolic acid (AHA). However, it has additional salicylic acid (BHA), lactic acid (AHA) as well as retinyl palmitate (Retinol). This product is definitely a much stronger exfoliant than the Glow Tonic.
How does the PIXI Glow Peel Pads fare?
PIXI claims that these highly effective exfoliating pads contain 20% glycolic acid to reveal brighter, healthier, more radiant skin over time and that they should be used daily in the evenings. As I’ve mentioned as above, this product is a rinse off product so you just need to leave it on for around 2 to 3 minutes before rinsing with cool water to neutralize the peel. I remembered the first time I used this product, my face literally felt as if it was going to be burnt off! I thought that my skin was used to strong acids but OMG! This really burns! I definitely do not think that this product is for acid newbies! I bear with it for around 2 minutes before I rushed to the sink to rinse it off. When I looked into the mirror, my skin looked very glowy, fresh and smooth as a baby’s bottom. For me, this product is good to refresh your skin as a weekly treatment but I think that it’s too strong for me to use it as a daily treatment.
On the other hand, I need to tell you that while I had this product in my possession, my mother was also using it. She had melasma on the right side of her cheek and asked me for product recommendations to get rid of it. So I told her to try using this product. Now, when I told her to use this product, I didn’t expect her to use it daily. I thought that she would just use it as a weekly treatment in addition to using her Vitamin C serum daily. However, she started using this product daily and within one month, her melasma was significantly diminished. She actually told me that she loves this product much more than the other milder acid toner that I gave her. So I guess that this product does what it promised and I had already repurchased it for her use!
Where can you find it?
I bought the product from ASOS online. It retails at £24.00 (60 pads).
Thank you for reading!