The Glow Tonic is probably one of the most talked about skincare products of the past few years. The hype got to me so I decided to try it out. So, this post is going to be a Pixi Glow Tonic Review.
I was having a very bad breakout when I started using this, and I was desperate and ready to try anything. I finally found a skincare routine that helped me get rid of my acne and the Pixi Glow Tonic was a huge part of it.
Pixi’s Description: Glow tonic with ginseng & fructose For normal to dry, dull and aging skin. Oxygenating, exfoliating facial glow tonic. Helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. Removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. Alcohol free. Use after cleanser on cotton pad. Key ingredients: aloe vera and ginseng.
What I think: After using two bottles of this stuff in the space of about one year, these are my thoughts. It does help improve skin tone by exfoliating. I noticed my skin was looking brighter after a few weeks of use. The texture was improved. My old acne scars faded considerably with continued use, and new ones didn’t darken as much as usual, and they didn’t take as long to fade. I also stopped breaking out but I will attribute that to my skincare routine as a whole(see link above) and not just the glow tonic.
What is Chemical Exfoliation?
In the past, I used to use face scrubs to exfoliate my face. That is physical /mechanical exfoliation because the little abrasive beads in the scrubs are literally removing the top layer of your skin.
Chemical exfoliation sounds intense, but I actually find it much gentler. It is the process of using chemicals to exfoliate your skin. Predominantly, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are the most popular ingredients for doing this.
The major thing about the Pixi Glow Tonic is that it has 5% Glycolic Acid. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is basically a chemical exfoliant. I know that sounds scary but what it basically does is loosen the bonds between the dead skin cells and the new ones, so the dead skin comes off to reveal new, fresh, unblemished skin.
Another important thing to note is that if you’re using chemical exfoliants you NEED to be using sun protection as well. The acids make your skin extra-susceptible to the darkening and damaging effects of the sun’s rays. So sun protection is compulsory. I would recommend SPF 30 or higher as I read somewhere that SPF 15 doesn’t protect you from both UVAs and UVBs.
Bottom line: This is a great addition to my skincare regimen. It is an effective exfoliating toner and it is gentle enough for everyday use, and it works well with my oily skin, and I’ve already got my third bottle ready to go.
PS: Some of the reviews I saw complained about this not being “glowy” enough and I just wanted to briefly address that. This is NOT an illuminator. It’s not going to make you look like J-Lo. You still need a highlighter for that, sorry. What it will do is
- soothe and restore balance to your skin after the whole process of cleansing and
- prepare your skin the next step in your routine, and
- it will also gently exfoliate your skin and improve it’s appearance.
Skincare is very subjective. It’s not one size fits all. I am just sharing what has worked for me.
Pixi Glow Tonic Dupes
I also found some more affordable alternatives to the Pixi Glow Tonic. You can read all about the Freedom Glow Tonic and The Ordinary 7% Glycolic Toning Solution. They are both more affordable, excellent alternatives to the Glow Tonic
If you’re looking for something a little stronger and you don’t mind spending a bit extra, why not try the Alpha H Liquid Gold?
They are all available for purchase here in Nigeria .