First Impressions: Pixi Glow Tonic | Freddie

tonic full bottleHi everyone. I was shopping in Carnaby Street recently and came across the Pixi store, so decided to take the plunge and pick up their Glow Tonic.

I’ve been aware of a positive buzz around it (I always trust Caroline Hirons) and it’s achieved a somewhat cult status. (Apparently it was a CultBeauty bestseller as soon as they started stocking it.) The store itself had the Glow Tonic lined up in droves on every shelf in the room!

As you may have remembered from my skincare post, I have been wanting to try out chemical exfoliation for some time, as I have read that it is less harsh on your skin than the mechanical method (e.g. grainy scrubs, flannels), so where better to start?

On the bottle

tonic back


Pixi Skintreats – since 1999 – Glow Tonic Exfoliationg Toner – 5% Glycolic – Aloe Vera & Ginseng


Original 5% Glycolic Formula

Evens out skintone for a brighter, clearer complexion. Gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy glowing skin. Skin texture looks & feels smoother. Clinically proven results.

Botanical extracts sooth sensitive skin. Alcohol free. Hypoallergenic.

Use AM and PM after cleansing. Saturate a cotton pad with the tonic and sweep across face, neck, and décolletage (avoiding eye area).

CAUTION: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to sun. Use a sunscreen, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards. Keep out of reach of children.

See the Pixi website for an ingredient list and more information.


£18.00 for 250ml

Glow Tonic is expensive for a student budget, but you get a lot. I’ve definitely paid more per millilitre for other products – think Mac Pro Longwear. I also think it would last a long time if used sparingly. The bottle suggests using it morning and night, but I have sensitive skin and normally exfoliate about three times a week, so I don’t think I could be persuaded to use it more often than daily.

tonic lid offPackaging

The packaging is practical and pretty. I love the colour of the Pixi brand, and the bottle is sturdy plastic. It is quite big at 250ml, meaning it’s good for value for money but not ideal for travelling. The mouth of the bottle (see photo) is bog-standard for this type of product – easy to use with cotton wool pads.

First use

I applied the Glow Tonic after cleansing with a balm and flannel (see my skincare post). I used a cotton wool pad as per the directions on the back of the bottle. I felt my skin prickle, which -even if only placeboic*- gave the impression the Tonic was doing something. The sensation, while neither pleasant nor unpleasant, didn’t last long, and my skin felt cleaner and smoother after application. I can predict that with further use I would feel increasingly less need to use a grainy exfoliant. I followed up with my usual serum and night oil. The next morning my skin did indeed look glowy, but I couldn’t say more so than any other morning.

Further thoughts

If you’ve read my skincare post, you will know that my skin has recently improved vastly due to some major changes to my routine. As a result, I can’t yet comment on whether the Glow Tonic alone has made a huge difference to my skin’s condition, but I will persevere and let you know.


Nice to look at and apply, need longer to see if actually works.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend! What are you up to? Notting Hill? Staying indoors to avoid the rain? Let me know!

F x

*Not a word.


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