product review: Pixi’s Glow Tonic

pixi glow tonic review - Cosmetic Composition

If you follow me on Instagram (@cosmetic_composition) you’re probably aware of my frequent #emptyproductreview where I share a product that I recently finished and give a mini-review on it. Pretty simple concept, however, my most recent empty product is a new cult favorite so I decided to do a full review.

Pixi’s Glow Tonic

The chic green & orange bottle is enough to be attracted to this product. This past spring when Pixi’s Glow Tonic was in full trending mode I was super intrigued by this product’s ingredients. While I have used a toner twice per day, I’ve never used a chemical exfoliant, and this product is basically a 2-in-1 (hence the Exfoliating Toner label). Formulated with 5% glycolic acid it also contained aloe vera, ginseng, witch hazel, and many other helpful ingredients that helps it act as a toner.

ingredient list

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

glycolic acid

glycolic acid - Cosmetic CompositionGlycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that is commonly used in toners, astringents, and chemical exfoliants. Due to its strong chemical power, it should be used in low concentrations, which is what makes Pixi’s 5% concentration gentle enough for sensitive skin. An article from Dermatological Surgery  completed in-vivo and in-vitro studies to look at the effectiveness of glycolic acid as an anti-aging ingredient. Researchers found that the use of  “glycolic acid treatment increased the production of collagen and fibroblast proliferation”. Multiple other research and peer-reviewed studies can be found testing the effectiveness of glycolic acid as a great skin care ingredient that can help with hydration, wrinkles, exfoliation and even photo-damage.

my review

I was happily surprised that my 3.4 oz. bottle of Glow Tonic lasted me about five whole months, making the price completely worth it. I used the tonic twice a day and applied it to my skin post-cleansing with a cotton ball. Unlike most toners and astringents this product did not have any burning or stinging sensation, which personally I missed a bit. There is a certain scent that I can’t exactly pin down, but nonetheless make it pleasant to apply. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a good toner, especially those with sensitive skin.

Have you ever tried Pixi’s Glow Tonic? I’d love to hear your own review below!

all opinions are my own, this post was not sponsored. 


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