Pixi Glow Tonic Review

This stuff has floated around the blogosphere for years and years. I've seen this stuff touted by numerous beauty vloggers and editors, so I finally gave it a try. I ordered the smallest size available for $6 to give it a try. Pixi Glow Tonic is a glycolic acid toner available at select Target stores and online. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy fruit acid that acts as an exfoliant and clarifying treatment. It's often successful at treating age spot and signs of aging, as well as aiding cell turnover. After a week of use, to me this product is best for oily, mature skin that's not sensitive to perfume or drying agents. Keep reading for the full review and ingredient break down.


Product Description

"Glow tonic with ginseng & fructose. Helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. Removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. Alcohol free. Use after cleanser on cotton pad. Key ingredients: aloe vera, ginseng and glycolic acid-5%. Suitable for all skin types."


Let's Talk Details

THE APPLICATION This little bottle barely lasted a week of once daily use. It's a good size for a quick trial or a short trip. My skin is pretty tough, especially in the t-zone. This product tingled a bit on my cheeks the first few times I tried it, which is to be expected with an acid toner. After that I noticed no other reactions.

THE SCENT Sadly, this product contains the dreaded blanket term "fragrance." And its definitely artificial. The scent isn't super strong, but it is a bit perfume-y and definitely not created with natural ingredients or essential oils.

THE RESULTS This is one of those products that many people claim to see near-instant results with. I did not notice a difference in fine lines or age spots after a week of use. The witch hazel and other drying ingredients left my skin feeling tight and my drier cheeks a bit dehydrated, which just enhanced wrinkles. I always applied oil-infused moisture afterward.

THE PRICES  $6/$15/$30



[one_half] 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 [/one_half]

[one_half_last] Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance [/one_half_last]


This product has not been rated by the EWG. I doubt it would get it good rating (0-1) due to the fragrance, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate, and sodium benzoate. These are preservatives and fragrance stabalizers that wouldn't be needed if the product did away with water and fragrance in the first place.


Final Thoughts

I generally like Pixi and their cruelty-free stance; the makeup and setting sprays are nice too. Perhaps if Pixi disclosed their fragrance ingredients, or used essential oils instead, I could recommend this product. But due to the fragrance and other drying and potentially irritating ingredients, I'd advise against investing in a large bottle of Pixi Glow Tonic without testing it first. It's no holy grail product in my book (blog?). I'm honestly happy to be done with the bottle and able to try new, more hydrating products.


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