If you’re a regular in the blogging or beauty world then you most probably have already heard about Pixi Glow Tonic. It’s a much hyped up and loved product – to the point where for ages it was a challenge to get your hands on it. It was constantly sold out and the folks in the Pixi Store just off Carnaby Street were probably very fed up of telling people that it was out of stock. But – back in stock it came and now they have cottoned on to how popular it is, it’s a big seller and there’s always towers of the stuff just ready to be stocked up on. So around maybe two months ago I stopped by and bought myself a bottle for the first time – to see what all the fuss was about and decide for myself if it’s worth the £18 a bottle price tag.
First things first – this is a Glow Tonic – described as an ‘exfoliating facial glow tonic’. It is said to help tone, firm and tighten the skin. Whilst removing dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. It’s suitable for all skin types and is alcohol free. So basically – it’s an exfoliating toner – aka it removes dead skin via exfoliating chemicals rather than by scrubby bits.
The pixi website is full of glowing reviews and many a blogger has sung it’s praises from the rooftops. So of course, where there’s a beauty product bandwagon going past…naturally I have to hop on. My first impression was the scent of it – it’s smells far more floral to me than I was expecting. As with any scent, it can be a make or break situation for many, when it’s a fragrance you hate it can put you off a product regardless of results. For me, it’s certainly not that bad but each time I use it, it does remind me a little of the fact I don’t love the scent.
But what about results. Well, for me this wasn’t an instant love by any means. Previously I had been using the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator that I absolutely adore – with similar promises but not as strong a smell. It is slightly more expensive though. So I bought and switched over to the Pixi Glow Tonic – expecting wonders, I used after a double cleanse at night and expected to wake up with the skin of an infant. Ok, slightly unrealistic expectations aside – I was looking for something a little bit ‘wow’, which didn’t really happen. It was more the use over time (which to be honest, is more what should be expected with skincare). After now using it around every other night or so for at least two months I can finally say I think I ‘get’ it. My skin is less combination and more balanced, and critically the ‘under the skin’ congestion I tend to suffer from around my chin has definitely decreased. I do really like this product now, after more continued use – and ignoring the scent. It’s a good one and I would say that yes – to an extent it is worthy of some hype. Although perhaps this has been dialled up by how it used to be less available – the price has now been hiked up by a couple of £ now too…as does tend to happen with hype!
It’s a decent purchase – especially if you prefer a chemical exfoliator to a scrubby one (raises hand). But maybe not one you need to rush out and buy enough to last all year in panic-buy mode!
Ingredients listing (via Pixi Beauty UK website)
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.