Pixi’s Glow Tonic

If you’re into skincare, you would have most definitely come across Pixi’s Glow Tonic, a staple and favourite of many skincare enthusiast.

It has even received praise and approval from Caroline Hirons and she has a collaboration with the brand. So what is this toner all about?

Before I begin, let me warn you that this story does not have a happy ending.



What Pixi says it is?

Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For all skin types. Alcohol free.

What Pixi says it does?

  • Exfoliates and purifies the skin with Glycolic Acid
  • Ginseng improves circulation and energizes
  • Aloe vera soothes and hydrates
  • Refines the appearance of pores
  • Gently accelerates cell renewal to reveal a brighter, glowing complexion
  • Balances, heals and soothes for radient, healthier looking skin
  • Alcohol free
  • Suitable for all skin types

It is also cruelty-free.


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.

How does Pixi recommend you use it?

  • Use: Either in the AM and PM or when needed
  • Step 1: Cleanse your face
  • Step 2: Saturate a cotton pad with the Glow Tonic and sweep across face, neck and décolletage (avoiding eye area)
  •  Step 3: Follow with the a serum or moisturizer

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What got me really worried when I received it, was the fine print (photo above) that advises you to be extra cautious when you are exposed to sun once you start using the product.

I live in a part of the world with some serious sun all year round so this was worrying to me because there was no way I could avoid the sun.

Upon reading more, I found out that the Glycolic Acid that it contains increases your skin’s sentivity to sunlight.

The Glow Tonic contains 5% of glycolic acid (photo below) which I believe is also the ingredients that’s supposed to help remove dead skin cells.

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Long story short, I broke out really bad using Pixi’s Glow Tonic!

I rarely get pimples and all of a sudden huge, painful ones started appearing. I thought it was just my skin and I got major stressed out because I hadn’t added anything new to my routine except for this toner.

I’ve been using Body Shop’s Vitamin E toner for years and it works fine on my skin.

I immediately stopped using the Glow Tonic and only used my face wash and UMA’s Ultimate Brightening Face Mask for a week.

Fortunately because of how fabulous UMA is, all the pimples were gone and my skin was fabulous again.

Phew, that was one nightmare experience from which I learnt never again to jump on the bandwagon and buy a product simply because others say it works for them.

Given so many of you love the Glow Tonic, it must work for you but sadly, it just isn’t for me.

I also discovered that I am not alone in this and many others have had similar experiences. It is always a good idea to read as many unbiased reviews as possible before making a purchase.

Have you tried it before? Let me know how it worked for you. I hope you enjoyed this post and got some useful information from it! Xx



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