pH products: Pixi Tonic

Welcome to my new series that I’m calling pH products! I talked about this in my latest chemistry lesson about pH where I decided to test and explain the pH of popular beauty products each Sunday. Hope you all enjoy!


 

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This new cult favorite has been all over the beauty world lately. Pixi’s Glow Tonic toner has been given extremely high praises and boasts to be an exfoliating toner. Formulated with 5% glycolic acid (very pleasantly listed on the front of the bottle) has me curious about the pH. I use this product twice daily as my toner and it definitely isn’t like others I’ve tried. This formula does not “burn” my skin like other toners, making me believe that its potency is quite low.

ingredients: 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

After conducting my litmus paper test I found out that Pixi tonic has a pH of ~5. This low acidity level explains what I was saying above, meaning that this product is very gentle on the skin.

One of the many uses for toner is to balance the skin mantel’s pH level. The alkaline nature of cleansers and oily skin can increase your skin mantel’s pH so toner is used to lower that back to the 4-6 level range.

what are your opinions on this cult product? I’d love to hear about everyone’s experiences in the comments below!

 

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