Pixi skin treats glow tonic is a cult favorite of skincare bloggers and magazine editors. It’s just one of the must try toners out in the market but I was very apprehensive about it because of my terrible experience with another glycolic toner from the brand DDF skincare. Some years ago (my undergrad years) DDF toner was the buzz in all the beauty magazines; and being a skincare addict I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The day I bought it, I used it immediately and all I remember was the burn. It was the most uncomfortable experience ever and It left my skin dry, I broke out all over my face and didn’t get the glow everyone had. Years later, I came across the toner and this time I was more knowledgeable about skincare and realized it had a high concentration of alcohol and 10% glycolic acid which was way too high for my skin type. My skin was sensitive, which made it easily irritated and strip causing breakouts which is a bad idea considering the melanin in my skin; thank goodness I didn’t leave me with any scarring or hyperpigmentation.
Suffice it to say, I approached Pixi glow with caution but when I read the formulation, I became less anxious and more excited and was not disappointed.
WHAT IS PIXI GLOW TONIC
It is a toner that gently exfoliates the skin to remove dead skin cells. It claims to even out skin tone for brighter, clearer complexion. Ultimately revealing healthy glowing skin.
5 %GLYCOLIC ACID: Glycolic acid is naturally derived from sugar cane and it is the simplest Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). It ihas greater penetration potential largely due to its smaller molecular weight. It helps loosen the bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more effectively.
It can be mildly irritating to the skin if the formulation contains high glycolic concentration. Glycolic acid is great for acne prone skin because it keeps the pores clear, it fades hyperpigmentation, it is great for actinic keratosis which is basically patches on the skin due to years of sun exposure and it is fantastic for anti- aging treatments. Regardless of the skin type or condition the use of glycolic acid can lead to younger, smoother and softer looking skin.
ALOE VERA: it is hydrating, softening, healing, anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe Vera is popularly known for its moisturizing benefits and it is fantastic in treating sensitive skin, sunburned or sun exposed skin.
PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT: it’s nourishing because of its contains vitamins. It aids in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and helps dry skin. It promotes skin elasticity and skin rejuvenation.
WITCH HAZEL : traditionally used to treat burns, sunburns, insect bites and skin irritation. It has anti-inflammatory, astringent and wound healing properties. It is used to soothe itching skin, softening and emollient properties. It is also having anti free radical activity, which means it counters any damaging effect of UVA rays from the sun, basically it helps fight sun damage on your skin.
HORSE CHESTNUT SEED EXTRACT: it is anti-inflammatory and promotes improved circulation. It also has the ability to help reduce the permeability of capillaries, this makes it useful when treating sensitive skin or skin with broken capillaries. It is made up with tannic acid which provides horse chestnut extract with toning and astringent properties.
PRICE : 250 ml for $29 on pixibeauty.com
HOW TO USE IT
After cleansing AM and PM, I apply a generous amount on a cotton pad and swipe gently around my face, down my neck to my décolletage. Then follow with treatment and moisturize.
I recommend starting out slow with this product especially if you have sensitivity. Instead of using it daily, twice a day; I would start once a day, twice a week and build up to using it as a daily toner as long as no irritation occurs.
HOW LONG DID I TEST THE PRODUCT?
I started using this product on the 22nd of April till the 22nd of June.
Yes, it does have a mild rose like fragrance which was not my cup of tea. However, after application, it fades away almost immediately.
It is mild for all skin types to use. Not recommended for pregnant women
It’s a light rose pink plastic bottle with light green screw on top. It’s secure enough to travel with and it’s not bulky.
It would have given it a 5/5 If it was fragrance free or something a little subtle.
It’s a good nonalcoholic mild toner that exfoliates and didn’t strip my skin because it has a low ph. of 4.
My skin looks slightly smoother than it did before
No signs of irritation while testing
No burning or stinging when applying on my skin
Budget friendly toner compared to the other toners in the market that claim same benefits
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The acid is quite low so you see results over time and not immediately as advertised.
Even though it is formulated with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients; I will advice that if you have extremely sensitive skin that you approach with caution because glycolic acid in can be irritating to some.
I welcome any feedback about your experience with this product and if you want any information on where you can purchase this product in your area let me know and I would love to help.