I bought these Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads for one purpose, and one purpose only.
While I don’t use exfoliating toners (acid toners) as much today as I used to, I always make sure that they form part of my travel skincare routine. I’ll tell you why! 😉
Pixi Glow Tonic – Why I like it!
While I am sure I can safely assume that most of you who are reading this are familiar with the Pixi Glow Tonic, I can’t take that for granted LOL!
Basically, the Glow Tonic is what is known as an “exfoliating toner” or also commonly referred to as an “acid toner”. The reason behind this is because it contains glycolic acid (a type of AHA – Alpha-Hydroxy Acid), which helps to chemically loosen and lift off the top layer of your dermis.
This promotes quicker skin cell turnover, which leads to smoother, potentially brighter skin, as the skin cells renew. I find that the chemical exfoliation also helps to ‘unclog’ pores, so if you are prone to breakouts, or have some clogged pores or even blackheads, regular use can help unclog and smoothen your skin.
I like the Pixi Glow Tonic (my old review is here) because it does the job well without irritating the skin very much, and is fairly affordable. That is not to say however, that it is perfect for everyone.
I have been told by any number of people that they react adversely to the Pixi Glow Tonic, for which I commiserate. But there are many more who find it beneficial, which pretty much sums up how skincare works 😛
Be warned however, that you can always risk over-exfoliation, so it is recommended to go slow, and possibly even not use exfoliating toners too often, or even daily as many ‘gurus’ have recommended before this.
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What are the Pixi Glow To-Go Exfoliating Pads?
Essentially, the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads are a portable version of the ever popular Glow Tonic!
In a tub, you will get 60 pre-moistened pads, which makes it a very practical travel item for fans of Glow Tonic. It saves you the hassle of bringing the bottle, and any potential accidents.
The pads are fairly thin, and there’s a faint orange tint to them. Glow Tonic is orange, so that might explain why it is so.
The pads are also textured on one side, and smoother on the other. I find that the textured side can feel a little more abrasive on my skin than I like, so I am sure to use the smooth side on my skin.
I like that the pads do feel quite moist, so you can run it quickly over your skin without tugging. It doesn’t dry as quickly too, which is a good thing.
There is no real technique behind it. Use it as you will your regular Glow Tonic, except it is now far more portable.
I find that it functions the same way too. My skin feels soft and clean after using it, and it doesn’t feel dry like how some other acid toners make it feel. There are a good amount of aloe vera and glycerin, and other hydrating ingredients to prevent this feeling of dryness, which is of course, a good thing.
What’s not so great about the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads?
I love that they are portable, despite the rather bulky packaging. Personally, I’d prefer if the pads came in packs of 30 pads instead of 60. This will allow for a slimmer tub, and less potential waste, if the pads dry up before you are done using them.
For this reason, my recommendation is NOT to remove the protective layer covering the tub.
I lift off and open it only halfway, and make sure that I don’t leave it open for too long. I also ensure that I screw the cap on tightly immediately after picking out one piece of moistened pad.
It is normal that it will dry out over time, so slowing down this process is the only way to deal with it.
The other thing I’m not keen on is the scent. For some reason, there is an odd sweetish scent, which I don’t remember being present in the lotion.
The final thing is the waste. You will use and discard the pads as you go, for hygiene reasons as well as for practicality. This will add to waste, which isn’t quite politically correct right now 😛 However, it is counter-balanced by convenience 😛
The Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads are perfect travel partners!
I previously bought exfoliating pads by First Aid Beauty, and found them a little wanting. It didn’t seem to do much for my skin, so one day, I threw them into my travel pouch, and took them on a holiday.
What I realized after I returned, was that my skin did not break out or clog up as much as it used to. This tends to happen when I travel somewhere hot, where I get sweaty and oily, and to cities, which can be polluted.
Using an exfoliating toner or acid toner practically daily, helped my skin retain its balance, remain clog and breakout-free. Since then, I never ever travel without an acid toner! It is truly my secret to returning from a holiday without breakouts! 😀
That was the reason I bought the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the First Aid Beauty ones, so when I saw that one of my favourite acid toners came in a convenient travel-friendly form, I sprung for it! If you’re wondering, these are stronger than the First Aid Beauty ones, which is why I prefer it.
My problem therefore is this. I don’t travel as much as people think I do LOL! 😛 When I do travel, I don’t go off for months on end. So, I’d prefer if Pixi could make smaller tubs of 15-30 pads, drop the price, and just make it a more portable, more practical item.
I cannot see why anyone would want to use the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go pads in lieu of the lotion, when at home. The lotion is cheaper, more practical, and kinder to the environment. Pixi should therefore position these To-Go pads for what they are – travel-friendly, portable Glow Tonic.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads are a tub of 60 pads pre-moistened with Pixi’s iconic Glow Tonic. The thin pads are dual-sided, with a textured side, and a smoother side. I find the textured side a little harsh for me, so I prefer to use the smoother side. If you travel often, then this will be a mainstay in your travel pouch. But if you don’t, I cannot quite see why you’d need this instead of the Glow Tonic lotion instead.
All the goodness of Glow Tonic in a portable form
Easy to carry when you travel
Pads are well saturated and feel moist
Leaves skin feeling clean, smooth and clear without drying
May dry out before you are done using all
Tub is rather bulky
Weird sweetish scent
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who likes the regular Pixi Glow Tonic lotion and wants a more portable alternative
PRICE: RM86 | £20 | US$18 for 60 pads
Here’s the ingredient list for the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go Exfoliating Pads.
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (and) Fructose (and) Glucose (and) Sucrose (and) Urea (and) Dextrin (and) Alanine (and) Glutamic Acid (and) Aspartic Acid (and) Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.
Are you a fan of Pixi Glow Tonic? Do you find these pads practical?
I personally find these great for when I travel, but not when I’m at home and can use the lotion. So please Pixi, make smaller tubs? 😛 Have you tried these?