Pixi Glow Tonic – OK, so I may be a little slow on the uptake, as this beauty find has been around for some time now but, given Pixi’s penchant for “innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and other beneficial ingredients”, and her mantra “simply to bring out the natural beauty in all women – to make women look like themselves, only better”, I thought I’d see whether this tonic lived up to it’s name (although I’d prefer it if it made me look like Christy Turlington…)

What are the ingredients and what are they supposed to do?…

This refreshing and pleasantly scented tonic contains 5% glycolic acid, which is part of the alpha-hydroxy acid family and is a derivative of sugar cane. This provides the tonic with it’s exfoliating properties, helping to slough away dead skin cells, unclog pores and diminish signs of ageing, scarring or any other (perceived) imperfections. It also contains aloe vera, which soothes and hydrates; ginseng, which helps to oxygenate the skin; witch hazel, that’s supposed to firm and tone; and horse chestnut, that boosts blood flow.

What do I think?…

I’m not normally a fan of tonics – I’m a wash and go kinda gal, and when my Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser already contains gentle exfoliating fruit enzymes, I’m conscious that I don’t want to ‘over-egg the pudding’ so to speak, and strip away too much than is strictly necessary. However, I started using this at night after cleansing and noticed that the cotton wool pad looked a little grubby, so it’s entirely possible that this ‘second cleanse’ that’s supposed to be the key to really clean skin, is actually quite useful after all. Pixi Glow Tonic leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed but without any stinging sensation, which you might expect from an acid and, it’s definitely helped with mild hormonal congestion. I think it preps your skin really well to receive any other ‘active’ ingredients that you intend to apply, such as an overnight hydrating facial oil, an antioxidant-rich moisturiser or a mild retinol based serum. The jury is still out on the Glow Tonic’s ability to banish my wrinkles but it does even out your skin tone and leaves you looking radiant and dewy, so it’s a winner winner chicken dinner in my book 🙂

When do I use it?…

Pixi recommends you use it both AM and PM after cleansing, but I don’t believe your skin benefits from too much exfoliation, so I now use it every other night after cleansing before I apply my Alex Carro Balancing Oil and my pHformula AGE Recovery Serum.

Pricey?…

Not really… £18 for 250ml direct from Pixi or you can also buy it from M&S, Cult Beauty and a whole host of other reputable retailers.

If you prefer a stronger exfoliating action, Pixi Glow Peel Pads are available, with a higher concentrate of glycolic (20%) and rose water and, are £24 for 60 pads.

Go get your glow on beauties…