It didn’t take long for Pixi’s Glow Tonic ($29) to become a cult favorite among beauty bloggers and editors. I confess, I was right there on the edge of the cliff with all the other furry lemmings but I had to wait for it come back into stock and that turned out to be quite a wait! Anything that promises to recapture my youthful “glow” gets my attention fast, however I was a little concerned about witch hazel being one of the first ingredients–I remember this being used as an acne treatment when I was a teenager. I used Bonnie Bell 10-0-6 lotion for most of my teen years and that stuff could strip the paint off furniture so I was hoping Glow Tonic was less astringent!
Pixi Beauty describes it like this: Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For normal to dry, aging and sensitive skin. Alcohol free.
The first thing I noticed about Glow Tonic is that it didn’t sting which was a good start; then I noticed it smelled thoroughly pleasant, probably due to the ginsing and fructose in the formula. It also contains 5% glycolic acid which is where the exfoliating properties factor in. Glycolic acid is beneficial for both acne and aging! Glycolic acid dissolves dead skin cells and speeds up the turn over of cells thereby unclogging pores and smoothing the skins’ texture. Removing dead skin cells creates healthier looking, glowing skin! I used DDF 10% glycolic toner for years but as I got older it became too harsh for my skin, so I’m glad there is another option that is gentle to my over 40 skin but still leaves it radiant!
Pixi also claims Glow Tonic helps tone, firm and tighten the skin, but I haven’t noticed any firming. I suppose it does tighten skin a bit since the glycolic acid and witch hazel act as an astringent. What is has done, however, is left my skin very soft, supple, balanced and bright without striping it or making my skin feel tight. I’ll take it!
I feel Pixi Glow Tonic is a bit pricey ($29) for a line prevalent at Target but the bottle is large at 8.5 fl.oz. so I’m okay with the price–a little goes a long way. I’ve been using it once sometimes twice a day for about two weeks and haven’t even begun to see a difference in the bottle
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.
Available at pixcosmetics.com and Target
Bottom Line: if you are in search of a new toner or gentle exfoliation, Pixi Glow Tonic is definitely worth a try but hurry they run out of stock fast!