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Beauty label Pixi Beauty might have launched in India officially last month but Pixi Glow Tonic was already a staple on the shelves of beauty lovers. In fact, the good people at Pixi told us at the launch that the reason they launched in India was because the product was being shipped here in heaps. Several beauty bloggers, influencers, and beauty aficionados have raved about the star exfoliating toner created by Petra Strand, the owner of Pixi Beauty. The tonic epitomises Pixi’s “your skin but better” philosophy, which instagrammers are now calling glass skin or glowing skin. 

Star ingredients to know

Pixi is also responsible for putting the focus back onto the star ingredient, glycolic acid, in particular and, toners in general. And then there are those magical ingredients that everyone talks about – witch hazel, another staple that is known to firm and tone, as well as horse chestnut that helps aid blood flow. Just what can these ingredients do? They help remove dead cells, dirt and grime, and despite the slight tingling, work to make your skin brighter and glowing in a matter of minutes. Excess oil is removed and glycolic acid (an exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid that we all love) helps make your skin feel refreshed and new. The acid that is known as the holy grail for exfoliation helps in effectively removing the outermost layer of skin while working on revealing brighter, radiant and smooth skin. The fact that glycolic acid also treats scarring, skin discolouration, and signs of aging with fine lines and wrinkles is admirable too. It is particularly great for Indian skin – it evens skin tones, tackles hyperpigmentation, and makes sure there’s no dullness. 

Personal experience

The first thing I noticed when I used this toner is how light it felt – it was watery and lightweight and very thin. But the moment you put it on your skin right after a good face wash, it tightens the pores and gives you that tingling sensation. The results for me have been instant – there’s reduction in hyperpigmentation, acne, and dull skin. The skin started feeling softer and radiant – give or take a creamy moisturiser since I have particularly dry skin. Usually it takes a week or two to see radical changes; I could see it in two days – glycolic acid is now my favourite ingredient for this exact reason. Every bottle contains five percent glycolic acid, alongside aloe vera, glycerin, and botanical extracts that give your skin natural moisturisation – that means it is gentle, so any skin type can use it. 

How to use the Pixi Glow Tonic  

The toner comes right after your double-cleansing process. You can use it in the morning or in the evening, just make sure you don’t mix it with retinol or vitamin C. Once a day is good, but start out with twice a week and build it up. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you do it every alternate day so your skin gets some rest and doesn’t dry up. 

Step 1: Cleanse your face.

Step 2: Using a cotton pad, use 3-4 drops of the Glow Tonic on it and sweep it across the face, neck and décolletage. Make sure you avoid the eye area. You could also use your hands to pat the product on your skin. 

Step 3: Follow up with the serum, moisturiser and sunscreen. Repeat everyday or every alternate day. 

Step 4: Another important step you should follow is that you must use sunscreen when you use acids of any kind in your skincare. Only because your will skin get photosensitive when you use AHAs, BHAs, or stronger ingredients like retinols and sunscreen just protects you from any damage.

Where can you buy it?

There are two sizes that one can buy at Sephora India. The smaller bottle of 250 ml is priced at Rs. 1,480 and the bigger, 500 ml bottle at Rs 2,250.

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Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.