Product Review: Pixi Glow Tonic
France: Baguettes. Croissants. Cheese. Chocolate. Candy. Pains Au Chocolats. More bread and more cheese and more chocolate. This is the place I've been these past five days and the things I have eaten. My skin is here to prove it.
Indulging in gluten and sweets often breaks me out (though it never acts as a deterrent, unfortunately). Because I wanted to pack lightly, I brought the two only skincare essentials you actually need: A cleanser (makeup remover) and a moisturizer. What I craved each night after I cleansed my face, however, was a good exfoliator.
When people think of exfoliators, they usually think of physical ones. Sugar scrubs or creams that contain beads or some type of grain are all physical exfoliators: they scrub your face and therefore remove dead skin cells and help buff the skin. However, some can cause irritation and inflammation (especially St Ives' Apricot Invigorating Scrub, which contains walnut shells that, I believe, are much too abrasive for skin!). Plus, chemical ones are easy to use and achieve better results.
Don't let the word "chemical" scare you off. You are not putting bleach on your face. Chemical exfoliators come in different groups, all of which perform different functions. At the very core, though, they evenly remove dead skin and can target acne, rosaccea, or other skincare concerns. The topic of chemical exfoliators is quite a long one (as there are different groups of exfoliators with various ingredients that perform different tasks), so I'll devote an entire blog post to them soon. However, the chemical route is the one I prefer. I find that the right acids (again, don't let this word scare you) work wonders for my skin.
Pixi's Glow Tonic falls under the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) group of exfoliators, as its active ingredient is glycolic acid. It is this acid that helps loosen dead skin cells and exfoliate. The other great ingredient in this product is witch-hazel which helps me against breakouts (I kid you not, witch-hazel, in small and diluted doses, has worked wonders for me). It's also high in aloe vera, proven to moisturize, heal, and help with acne as well. There are no added fragrance or colors and there is zero alcohol.
After using this product for three weeks (morning and night before my moisturizer), I saw true improvements in the condition of my skin. My pesky blemishes went away, the overall tone of my skin seemed to brighten and even out. I am not easily impressed with products as I often think we're being sold a bunch of lies (which I passively swallow), but I really did find my usually dull skin appearing to...dare I say it...glow.
My skin being back to square one after these few days in France, I have one urge and that is to apply this product on my skin again.
Overall Grade: A