If my skin was Asterix, Glow Tonic is the magic potion made by the Druid Pix(i). Huge high-five to fellow Asterix-fans out there.
I am not going to be reviewing it. Enough rave posts out there already. This is a Q&A post. Everything you wanted to know about Pixi Glow Tonic.
Scroll down for the lowdown about Pixi Glow Tonic - why you need it and what it does.
What is Pixi Glow Tonic?
What is in it?Ginseng, aloe vera juice, witch hazel, horse chestnut, 5% glycolic acid.
What is it meant to do?
- The 5% glycolic acid is an Alpha-Hydroxy Acid. It gently dissolves bonds between cells, in order to remove dead cells, and resurface the skin.
- Witch hazel firms the skin.
- Aloe soothes.
- Horse chestnut promotes circulation.
- Ginseng improves skin health.
Is it harsh and drying?No. 5% glycolic is a gentle formulation, and there are other ingredients in there - see above - that prevent the skin from drying out.
What skin type(s) will benefit from Glow Tonic?Everyone. That's like asking what skin type will benefit from Vitamin C.
When do I use Pixi Glow Tonic?After cleansing, before anything else. Start with alternate nights. Then move to every night. You *can* use it even in the morning - but remember, AHAs make your skin photosensitive so ALWAYS use sunscreen while stepping outdoors.
As for me, how do I personally use it?
Three or four nights a week.
Why not every night? Because I use Alpha-H Liquid Gold once a week, and acid peel pads - Peter Thomas Roth or Dr Dennis Gross - two nights a week.
The other days, it is Pixi. Not in the daytime. I stick to salicylic acid in the mornings.
So I can use other AHA products instead?This is your starting point. Glow Tonic has 5% glycolic and is a very gentle - yet effective - formulation. Other AHAs I have mentioned above are stronger; PTR has 20% acid. I have BUILT UP to this. Always, ALWAYS build up the acid and don't go about starting with 20% glycolic. Stick to Pixi until you are sure your skin is ready for stronger acid.
Do you need to follow with another toner?Personal choice. I adore hydrating toners, and, after a lifetime of no moisture, my skin soaks it up, so I follow up with a mist or a hydrating toner such as Thayer's Rose Water, before proceeding with the rest of my multi-step skincare routine.
What does it look/feel/smell like?Pixi Glow Tonic comes in a spill-proof orange bottle. Although the bottle is orange, the product comes out as a transparent liquid on the cotton pad. It feels like any other liquid. I don't even have any tingling on the face. The smell? Stress-busting, calming mild fragrance that I love. The fragrance is especially attractive during that time of the month, when I feel pukish and want to curl up with a pillow.
What does Pixi Glow Tonic DO for me?Reduces pigmentation and dark marks. Evens skin tone. Smoothens texture. Fewer blackheads. Prevents acne to a large extent. Promotes the healing process after a breakout. Softens dry or flaky skin. Makes my skin glow.
Is it the Pixi alone?Honestly? Could be a combination of the glycolic AND a 10-step skincare routine I have built up (post coming soon). I've also changed my lifestyle drastically and no longer consume dairy products, sugar or alcohol, and drink 12-14 glasses of water everyday. But I do NOT apply anything else for hyperpigmentation.
How long does it take to see results?Pigmentation began fading noticeably in a couple of weeks. All gone by eight weeks. Usually takes four months for the whole thing to go.
How much Pixi Glow Tonic do I use?I apply enough to cover 3/4ths of a cotton pad and pat it all over the face. Once my skin is touch-dry, I follow with Thayer's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner or hydrating mist, and the rest of my routine.
How does Pixi work on acne?I have a multi-pronged attack regimen in place to tackle active breakouts and bring them to a head - AHA, spot treatment, salicylic acid and specific cleanser. The constant cell renewal thanks to the glycolic helps clear breakouts quickly.
Does it prevent acne?I do get one breakout each month - even whether on the Pill or not, which, I'm sure, makes me some kind of medical anomaly. My December infection was a combination of contaminated flood water and being on a progesterone-only pill for a long while - the mini pill suppresses oestrogen, which means androgens can have a field day, causing breakouts. Who knew!
Does it affect pores, skintone and signs of ageing?Pores appear less visible. Skintone evens out. The last one isn't applicable yet.
How long does a 250ml bottle last?Almost two months. In fairness, I tend to oversaturate. And - BIG confession here - I lost my head the first few days, over-applied Pixi two times a day and ended up looking like a tomato until I spoke to a consultant and was put straight. I am working on using less.
Pads or liquid?Liquid for me. You get 15ml bottles for travel. More cost-effective to buy cotton pads, liquid Glow Tonic, dunk and pat.
Are there similar products?The closest two products in terms of purpose and performance that I have used are CosRx AHA toner and First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads. These are equally mild and a good step for beginners. Everything else is stronger so build up gradually.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold and other acids (including PTR Pads) are stronger. I now have more than a dozen different AHA-based products, but only those two are as gentle as Pixi.
Do I move on to stronger acids?I admit I have, BUT I return to Glow Tonic at least three or four nights a week, and when I need TLC and when my face feels a bit tender. I also use it diligently during that time of the month, when the smell calms me down. We are looking at a lifetime relationship here, I would say.
How much does it cost?£18 or $30 for 250ml.
I live in A-Z country. Where do I buy it?Buy on Cult Beauty here. Or LookFantastic here. Or HQHair here. Costs £18 for 250ml. All three ship worldwide - free if your order is worth a minimum amount.
So, is CosmetopiaDigest a fan of Pixi Glow Tonic?I'm forming a Pixi Brigade - if there isn't one already. Members could celebrate Glow Tonic Appreciation Week once a month where we dress in orange and mint green, share our success stories, write essays on 1,000 Reasons I Love Glow Tonic, and compose poetry and struggle for words that rhyme with orange.
As long as you get that I don't hate it.