Pixi’s Glow Tonic has definitely received a lot of attention on the internet, and I was able to purchase a bottle just after Christmas during a promotion. The Glow Tonic is an exfoliating facial toner with glycolic acid to promote fresh, healthy skin and Pixi says that it’s appropriate for normal to dry, aging and sensitive skin.
When I first started using my bottle of the stuff, I used it as my main toner twice a day after cleansing. I saw an immediate difference in my skin. The tone was more even, my pores were cleaner and less visible, and my skin looked brighter, just as the name of the product would suggest. After around two weeks it was starting to seem a little much for my skin, so I backed off to once a day and then to a few times a week. I went back to relying on my Raunsborg Skin Tonic for twice daily toning, which is more moisturizing but also has some lactic acid in it. Lactic acid is also exfoliating but more gentle than glycolic acid.
I don’t tend to think of my skin as dry or sensitive, but I do have a thing for particularly gentle toners. I’ve had a lot of luck with switching to mild cleansers and looking to toners for more nourishment and balance than cleansing and tightening. Anyways, despite my skin being more normal to combination, the Glow Tonic was a little too intense for twice daily use. It’s free of alcohol but does have witch hazel, which is the third ingredient.
The second ingredient is aloe, which is always a great thing to see in skincare products. Ginseng is also highlighted on the bottle’s label, and falls further down the ingredients list. Ginseng helps improve circulation, keeping skin looking bright, and provides antioxidant benefits to heal damaged, dry or aging skin. The boost in blood flow can also help reduce puffiness and undereye circles and prevent wrinkles.
I have seen a couple people say that they use the Glow Tonic as more than just a regular toner. I just saw Tati from the GlamLifeGuru channel on YouTube say in her morning skincare routine video that she skips cleansing in the morning and simply uses the Glow Tonic instead. That makes some sense to me, though I haven’t tried it personally. The witch hazel can definitely help with gently cleansing any oil or sweat that’s appeared overnight.
Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.
Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.
The bottom line for me is that this is a wonderful product to tone with maybe 3 or 4 times a week. It really has made a quick, visible difference in my skin. You can find it at Pixi Beauty, and a bottle costs $29.
Have you tried it? Do you have a favorite exfoliating toner?