1 May 2018

Review: Pixi Glow Tonic

Many people rave about Pixi Glow Tonic as their holy grail toner, a must-have in their skincare routine, especially those living in the Western countries. Well... Malaysian doesn't really have Pixi. Even when Sephora brings in it, it is only available online. So I don't really get a chance to try it out at Sephora. Most toners I have is hydrating toner, instead of exfoliating toner. So I am quite curious about this Pixi Glow Tonic that many people have raved about!

Below are my thoughts after using the product for more than 4 months now. Also be noted that I have used the toner more vigorously in the past one month!

Asians are more used to physical scrub than chemical exfoliant. My mom has been using facial scrub in the past 20 years until I introduced her the Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid Serum 8%. So I don't get to see a lot of people around me using any AHA or BHA. They don't even know what AHA and BHA are!

This Pixi Glow Tonic is quite new for many of us. On the book, it is said to be an exfoliating toner that will gently exfoliate (or remove) dead skin cells and help to reveal a healthier and glowing skin.

In other words, this is similar to brightening toner. The difference is, brightening toner normally uses ingredients that can inhibit melanin (dark pigments) synthesis and let our body metabolism kicks out the existing melanin naturally. Exfoliating toner, on the other hand, accelerates the metabolism process by trying to get rid of the dead skin cells. And by doing so, heals and reduces any skin damages and existing skin discoloration.

This product uses 5% glycolic acid, or AHA, with the following skin benefits:

  • remove dead skin cells to reveal younger and healthier cells beneath
  • improve skin radiance and clarity
  • moisture-binding properties
  • improve the resiliency of the skin; firming effect
  • reduce sun damages
  • reduce discoloration of the skin
  • reduce dry and fine lines
  • free up clogged pores

It, however, cannot do the following as it only targets surface cells:
  • reduce freckles
  • reduce age spots
  • reduce wrinkles

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


Other non-AHA skin-benefiting ingredients include aloe vera, horse chestnut, witch hazel extract, and ginseng. I'm quite surprised that Pixi didn't add in more humectant or emollients to counter the potential skin irritation that might be caused by glycolic acid. Aloe vera extract is added for skin soothing and benefits. Same goes to witch hazel. But witch hazel is a better alternative to alcohol as it has astringent and sebum regulating benefits too. Horse chestnus seed extract is commonly added as an anti-inflammatory ingredient. It can also help in signs of aging caused by collagen depletion. It is also an astringent. 


can you see the dirt and gunk?
This is an effective exfoliating toner. It wipes off any dirt, impurities and dead skin cells trapped within my pores and cells. It is definitely a good second step cleanser or cleansing toner. 

I don't use this everyday at the beginning. I started off using it only 2-3 times a week, then use it more regularly in the past one month. I can see that my skin is brighter, dewier, and smoother, as if it has been polished. It produces a slight tingling effect when you apply, which lasts for about 15 seconds or so, then dissipates quickly. Sometimes the effect is longer. Prolonged usage result in a clearer and more radiant skin with lesser breakouts and blackheads.

It is not very hydrating on its own though, so you will need a moisturizing serum later.


Pixi reminds me a lot of my older days Nano White toner. I am not really a fan of exfoliating or cleansing toner. They feel like they are doing more harm than good. You really need a gentle and nicer moisturizers after using this. But it works. It works well to reduce dead skin cells, blackheads, whiteheads and other gunks on the skin. But unfortunately it is still not something I would repurchase. I find it kinda harsh on my skin. Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid 18% is much gentler. Even Krave Beauty Kale-lalu-yAHA, a product that shares a lot of similarities with this, is gentler and is equally effective as Pixi.

Just my own two cents.

- effective
- reasonably priced

- weird grandma's face powder scent
- feels drying and harsh on the skin

Overall impression: ★★★☆
You can get this from: Sephora Malaysia
[Disclaimer] Product is purchased with my own money. All copyright of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.

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