Hi everyone – today I’m going to review the cult classic Glow Tonic by Pixi! I’ve heard a lot about this product on social media but I’ve never gotten round to trying it. However, I was binge watching QVC one night and this came up, so I thought, why not? There were two options available, a 500ml version for £28 and a 2 x 250ml version which costed £30 (which I bought). On one hand I was slightly annoyed that it would cost me an extra £2 for the convenience of a smaller bottle, but I quickly got over it considering I wanted to take this with me when travelling. It arrived in under a week and I couldn’t wait to try it out and share what I thought, so let’s get started shall we?
The Glow Tonic claims to “even out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion” and “reveal healthy glowing skin” with clinically proven results. It states that it can be used with sensitive skin, is alcohol free and hypoallergenic.
Ingredients wise it looks pretty clean. Here is the full list:
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.
Aloe vera and witch hazel act as anti-inflammatories whilst the 5% glycolic acid is used to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. I was also pleasantly surprised to see urea in there which helps the skin’s barrier function and is a good moisturising ingredient.
Normally I use Benton’s Aloe BHA Skin Toner, but with less than a quarter left I wanted to shake things up a little. Whilst I wanted to use the Pixi Glow Tonic both AM and PM, I hadn’t used acids on my face for a while, so decided to just use it once a day in the evening. After cleansing, I applied this with a cotton wool saturated with the product and gently wiped it over my face avoiding the eye area. The next day, as I always do, I applied SPF 50+ suncream by Eucerin (review) over my face and neck. Even though I’ve only used this toner for a week, and only in the evening, I have to say that I’m really impressed with what it has done for my skin. My Benton started refining the texture of my skin and calming it down, and the Pixi Glow Tonic is continuing that. Especially around my nose and cheek area my skin feels smoother and softer. I haven’t seen a vast improvement in the evenness of my skin tone, but when using this toner my skin doesn’t turn red or get irritated which may be due to it being alcohol free.
Overal I think I would give this toner a 4 out of 5. I’ve only been using this toner for just over a week and I’ve already started to see some visible results which is a good sign. My skin is improving bit by bit, and I hope to see the results continuing long into the future. As a bonus, the toner smells divide and really helps relax you at the end of the day. However it’s a little pricey at £30, although you do get 2 and make a saving of £6, (each 250ml bottle retails at £18). It’s also quite hard to come by as it’s not available in the pharmacy and I’ve never seen it in any department shops. So would I recommend this? Definitely!
Just a reminder, if you use this toner, or plan on using it, you must wear adequate sun protection in conjunction as this is an exfoliating product. This means that the top layer of the epidermis is taken away leaving delicate live skin cells. This will make your skin more prone to sun damage so this is very important for healthy skin. This also goes for any product that is a chemical exfoliator!