do you use a toner as part of your skincare routine? for awhile now, i’ve been using witch hazel as the first part of my routine in the morning and after washing my face each evening to remove excess traces of makeup and prep my skin for my moisturizer/night cream. it works well – very simple, which my skin appreciates – but as i near the end of the bottle, i have been looking for an upgrade.
beauties in the uk have long known the benefits of pixi glow tonic and it’s just been one big tease for us american girls – until now. the magic potion that has captivated europe is now available in the us and i could not get my hands on it fast enough.
so, what’s the fuss all about?
for one, this toner is completely oil and alcohol free meaning that it will appeal to nearly all skin types (normal, dry, aging). along with that, ingredients include glycolic acid, witch hazel, and aloe vera – the perfect trifecta if you ask me. straight glycolic acid toners have proven a bit too harsh for my skin, but my face does truly love the exfoliating and skin-clearing benefits that come from this hardworking ingredient. (pixi’s 5% is the ideal dose.) witch hazel is a natural astringent that reduces inflammation and decreases oil, while aloe vera is ultra soothing. the ingredients work together to remove dead skin cells, reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, all while imparting a brighter appearance.
after a couple of overnight uses, i noticed that some pesky breakouts were smaller and less angry in the morning. this has greatly reduced the redness that my skin is constantly fighting and it leaves it much smoother, too. best of all, i love that it does all of these things without leaving my skin dry and tight. while i still use a night cream over top of this, my face isn’t screaming for moisture immediately after using it which is a big change from the witch hazel.
i am very happy that this pretty rose gold tonic has made its way into my life. (i will warn you about its powerful and powdery scent, which some people might not like – i’m looking past it since the skincare benefits are so fab.) while it’s currently only available online through pixi, i’m hoping that it makes its way to retailers soon!