Ever since I hopped onto the exfoliating toner bandwagon a while ago starting with one from Hada Labo and then continuing with the REN Skincare Clarimatte toner, both of which I’d finished to their very last drop; one brand had been tugging away at the edge of my consciousness. This was a product that came highly raved by many prominent skincare bloggers who I highly respect for their opinions, and I just had to find a way to get it.
The product is the Pixi Glow Tonic and it comes highly rated by acclaimed skincare guru Caroline Hirons (who I adore and have learned a lot from btw, even if I may not agree with everything because some things don’t work for my skin and I know that); and better yet, it’s available online with international shipping! I love webstores that ship internationally for free or a small fee, and I find stores based in the UK are very good about this, which is why I buy a lot of my skincare from the UK.
Pixi is the brand, which some of you may recognise, is also a brand that makes some quite cute makeup and makeup sets. To be honest, as I’m not as well trained in reviewing ingredients that goes into skincare, I would not have given this a second look, due to its makeup origins. This is why I have to let other more experienced and cleverer people do it for me 😛 I just come in to give it a go to see if I like it.
Ms. Hirons says that this is a dupe of the Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 (another product that I’m dying to have a go at, but which is near to impossible to find online as the dodo – if you know a website that will ship it internationally without me having to mortgage my house to do so, please let me know!) and she loves the Lotion P50 so at the first opportunity, I picked up a bottle online to see what the hype was about.
What the Glow Tonic is, is an exfoliating toner. If you’ve been with me a while, you’ll notice that I use 2 toners/lotions – one to exfoliate and one to hdyrate after that. The exfoliating toner removes dead skin cells gently, so skin looks better and clearer and in the case when I get spots, heal more quickly. From my experience, it also seems to help products absorb better into the skin, which would be logical. There are many brands out there now, and I’ve thus far only tried very few but am always experimenting.
Pixi’s Glow Tonic is such a lotion. It comes in a plastic bottle with a screw on cap, and the liquid is a clear bronze-orange colour.
I’ve used it for a while now, as you can tell from the reduced quantity in the photos (I don’t take photos of brand new products anymore unless I have the time and energy to do so, so please expect photos of used products on my blog 😛 ) and I must say that I’m a little unsure as to how I feel about this.
After reading all the raves online, I feel like after almost 2 months at it, I should have this wonderful revelation with angels singing Hallelujah on high, and skin so glowing, I could be seen in the dark. But I haven’t. Granted, that’s not quite what it promises.
What the Glow Tonic promises is to exfoliate and oxygenate skin, and tone, lift and tighten. What I can attest to is a perceptible improvement in skin quality IF you start out with a dull skintone. That’s what happened to me.
After I finished my REN toner, I stopped using exfoliating toners for a while and I basically fell off my skincare routine for a little over a month. With the neglect, my skin did look noticeably more dull. So, when I got myself together again and back into my stringent routine, incorporating Glow Tonic, I did notice improvements.
Used day and night, using a cotton pad, I did notice that my skin started to look better and clearer. When my pores feel a little clogged, I go over the areas a few times with the saturated cotton pad and over a few days, it does seem to feel help unclog my pores and it feels clearer. If I get a pimple or a spot, this seems to help it heal more quickly. It’s the glycolic acid in there. Once the initial improvement is past, then I suppose it comes down to maintenance, because that’s how I feel right now.
At this moment, I feel like this Glow Tonic is maintaining the quality of my skin. So, if you already have clear skin or have already been using an exfoliating toner regularly before switching to Glow Tonic, you MAY NOT notice a marked improvement. But don’t pan it because of that. It could just be that your skin is at its optimum and you couldn’t improve it any further. It happens to me sometimes. I however, did not notice firmer or tighter or brighter skin. My skin pigmentation is still there. However, I do feel that all that has a lot to do as well with other factors. I certainly did not expect a lotion/toner to do that job.
It feels refreshing, it isn’t drying nor does it feel tight against my normal-dry skin and it doesn’t sting. It does seem to prep my skin so whatever I put on next absorbs better. However, if you ask me if my skin is looking better, I’d say that it’s hard to say. After 2 months, and bearing in mind that I also use a lot of other products that I think also do a very good job, I think it’s doing a good job at maintenance.
I must however, mention one thing I have not managed to get over since my first use – the smell. I can’t quite describe the smell except to say that it smells like mild fragranced soap to me. It isn’t very strong nor does it linger, but it’s there, so it does make me pause when I’m asked if I will repurchase this. I will, because I do like it for what it does for my skin. But that smell makes me hesitate from committing wholeheartedly.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Pixi Glow Tonic is a bit of a cult product and used to be practically impossible to find because people would hoard it whenever they saw it. However, it is now available online (internationally) so it’s a lot easier to get hold of. This is an exfoliating toner that you use after cleansing and before all your other skincare products. It helps to exfoliate dead skin cells, and leave you with clearer, brighter skin. I find that this does help me bring a bit of even tone and radiance to dull skin but after a while, it will simply maintain the texture and condition of your skin. So, if you are using this hoping to see significant results, I think you’d need to start with very dull and troubled skin. If you already have fairly clear skin or are already using similar products regularly, you may not notice a marked improvement and will likely be disappointed. I do however, have to note the smell that I don’t find pleasing. However, few people mention it so maybe it’s just me.
PROS: Gentle exfoliation, Dull skin is noticeably brightened with regular use, Skin feels and looks smoother and more even toned, Skin looks better overall, Products used after this absorb better into skin, Not drying and does not sting, Helps unclog pores and spots heal more quickly
CONS: Smell takes some getting used to, For most international people, only available online, Due to exchange rates, it can work out to be a little pricey but it isn’t otherwise
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants to improve on their dull looking skin, Anyone who wants to try an exfoliating toner that is fairly gentle and works well
Here is the ingredient list so you can see if there’s anything in there you can’t use.
After about 2 months, used day and night except on days when I use Liquid Gold, I have only gone through a quarter of the bottle so it can last quite a while. I do use products quite generously so perhaps I’m not a very good benchmark 😛
Have you tried this highly acclaimed Glow Tonic? Do you use an exfoliating toner?
I’m actually quite happy to repurchase if not for the fact that I’m fickle and would probably drift off and try something else. But this is one I’m happy to come back to because I do use and believe in the benefits of exfoliating toners (yes, despite the smell) and I do try to keep an eye out for deals – discounts are always a big temptation for me! 😉