Saturday, 13 April 2019

Pixi Glow Tonic

You've probably heard about the Pixi Glow Tonic plenty of times already. It's up there in almost all favourites, everyone recommends it and simply put it made every skincare enthusiast go "ga-ga". And with good reason! 
The skincare junkie in me couldn't wait for much longer, could she? It's a shame Pixi Skintreats isn't avaiable in India yet (Why?!Oh why?!), but there are plenty of websites/online sellers from whom you can get a hold of this. 

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Before I talk about the Glow Tonic any further, know this : IT IS AN EXFOLIATING TONER with 5% GLYCOLIC ACID. 
Read our full post about Chemical Exfoliation HERE

I quite like the no nonsense simple bottle it comes in. There are different sizes available (15ml, 100ml, 250ml), so like me you can get hold of a smaller bottle to try out. 

Ingredients : 

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). 250ml/ 8.5 fl. oz.

What Pixi says:

• Exfoliates and purifies the skin with Glycolic Acid
• Ginseng improves circulation and energizes
• Aloe vera soothes and hydrates
• Refines the appearance of pores
• Gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter, glowing complexion
• Balances, heals and soothes for radiant, healthier looking skin
• Alcohol free
• Suitable for all skin types
• Not tested on animals

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How To Apply :
• Use: Either in the AM and PM or when needed
• Step 1: Cleanse your face
• Step 2: Saturate a cotton pad with the Glow Tonic and sweep across face, neck and d├ęcolletage (avoiding eye area)
• Step 3: Follow with the a serum or moisturizer


Glycolic acid (an AHA) helps to loosen the dead skin thus exfoliating. It  has the smallest  molecular size among all AHAs and goes in deeper compared to the others. Which is why, it can cause damage if overused.
I don't think this needs to be used everyday. 1-2 times a week should work for most. And if your skin requires more exfoliation then maybe 3 times a week. 

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I generally use it at night around 2 times a week (or less depending on how my skin is feeling like). I pat it on using my fingers but you can use a cotton round too like I have shown in the photo above. 
I have not experienced any stinging/burning with the product, but it can tingle a little for some especially in the first few uses. (If you experience any burning sensation - it should not, but by chance if you do then please do not use the product).

I generally wake up to a smoother & softer skin the next morning whenever I use this. 

With time and careful use AHA also helps to reduce mild pigmentation & dark spots. But please remember that this will be seen with consistent use.

Keep in mind that you need to wear sunscreen everyday...religiously! And also focus on hydrating and moisturizing your skin well while using any kind of chemical exfoliant.

 Price : 18$ for 250ml
             10$ for 100ml
             5$ for 15ml


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If you are looking for a product that can help reduce dullness & uneven texture, especially for normal-dry skin then you could check the Glow Tonic out. 

In my experience if you have oily skin (blackheads, whiteheads, occasional breakouts) then a BHA might work better. 

If you have extremely extremely sensitive skin & glycolic acid has not worked out for you in the past, just tread with some caution and please do a patch test. It might be better to even consider using Lactic acid or Mandelic acid  - both of which don't penetrate very deep. 

You can also check out our post where we talk about different kinds of toners and the basics of toning - HERE

Update : Pixi beauty is now available at Sephora India & Nykaa. 
             

xoxo,
Swati