This month’s Haul of Fame by Pixi is a miracle toner not only loved by all at LiB HQ, but is a hero product that’s garnered the stamp of approval from none other than Caroline Hirons. If it’s loved by Caroline, you know it’s worthy of your attention. This super effective face tonic is suitable for EVERYONE, whatever your skin type or concern. In a nutshell, Pixi Beauty’s Glow Tonic is a gently exfoliating and brightening toner that is infused with 5% glycolic acid with the added benefit of ginseng, which acts as an instant glow-enhancer. You’ve probably all heard about this cult classic, but why do you NEED a targeted AHA in your skincare lineup? Let us share with you how this month’s Haul of Fame entrant can benefit your skin, delivering the coveted ‘Pixi Glow’ in an instant.
In short, an AHA is an alpha hydroxy acid – a class of chemical compounds known for their exfoliating and anti-ageing properties. It’s a heroic ingredient that you’ve probably seen crop up on the inky list of many cult skincare products. Glycolic acid falls into the AHA family and is one of the most talked about acids of the beauty industry. It’s the AHA with the smallest molecular size, making it more effective at penetrating the skin and delivering speedier results.
Glycolic acid works efficiently and effectively to dissolve the substance that holds skin cells together, breaking down the top layer of skin to reveal a youthful and radiant glow. The allure of adding an AHA, especially glycolic acid, into your skincare routine is down to the simple fact that it’s beneficial for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Yes, really! It’s a great introduction to acids and can be controlled easily to build up skin’s tolerance over time. Derived from the sugarcane – when used in skincare products – glycolic acid gently and slowly lightens hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone and sun spots while helping to treat acne, fading blemishes, reducing fine lines and brightening the overall look of your skin. By lowering the skin’s pH, glycolic acid additionally stimulates cellular activity and accelerates the skin’s repair and renewal processes. It’s a wonder ingredient that we can’t get enough of, and Pixi was one of the first brands to champion the acid in its – now renowned – Glow Tonic formula.
If there’s one MAJOR piece of advice we can pass on, it’s to always use a high protecting SPF after any application of an exfoliating acid because they increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
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Although suitable for everyday use, we recommend using Pixi’s Glow Tonic every other day to build up tolerance. It should be patted into skin (or wiped over cleansed skin with a cotton round) after cleansing and before targeted serums and moisturiser. It can be used either in the AM or PM when needed.