Radiance Discovery: Shine Bright Like a PIXI
In November 2016, I bought a massive amount of skincare products from Cult Beauty because of an awesome deal they had where you receive more than £280 worth of skincare and makeup in a special goodie bag if you spend at least £150. The freebies suggested quality — a full-sized The Youth Dew by May Lindstrom, FOREO LUNA Play, and Morphe’s face-finish Deluxe Buffer Brush are some of the items included. Obviously I got click-happy and ended up spending more like £250 but I figured, it's basically "buy one get one free"! One of the items from this pile of goodness that unexpectedly blew me away was the Pixi Glow Tonic, a toner I've been using for the past two weeks twice daily that I'd gladly use to the end of time and space, quantity permitting.
Pixi Skintreats was founded in 1999 by Petra Strand, a veteran makeup artist, trained aesthetician, product developer, and facialist to Sweden’s A-list. Pixi's bestselling product, Glow Tonic, is an exfoliating and revitalizing toner that counts many beauty gurus, including the famed Caroline Hirons, as fans. The toner contains 5% glycolic acid, a natural skin resurfacer, and is infused with soothing aloe vera and nourishing ginseng that promises to briskly yet gently remove your dullness-causing dead skin cells, leaving skin youthful and luminous.
As I was feeling the brunt of the winter cold lately, which resulted in less-glowy-than-normal skin, I decided to switch out my regular toner for Pixi Glow Tonic in a bid to increase radiance. The first time I used it, it stung my hyper sensitive skin a little, and I noticed my skin flushing, most likely from the glycolic acid. Oh dear, I thought, this better not cause an eczema flare-up! Luckily for me, my skin calmed down after a few minutes, and appeared good as normal. As I gradually build up glycolic acid tolerance to consecutive use day and night, my skin appeared tauter and developed a lovely smidgen of matte shine, what made me look like I just had a facial. With things looking good, I persisted in my use.
The unexpected cherry on the cake came sometime in the second week of consecutive day and night use, when the lone milia seed on the bridge of my nose completely extracted itself after using this toner! You saw that right! But how? Okay, let's backtrack a little. According to Beautiful with Brains, milia seeds form when skin cells get trapped under the skin’s surface. They look like white bumps, and often appear around the eye area (but they can pop up all over your face). I have one milium on the bridge of my nose and one on the side of my right eyebrow, near the temple — weird places, I know — and I've been dying to rid of them. In my skin research, and this I found out after the fact, glycolic acid works well as a gentle exfoliant that removes milia. True enough, with Pixi Glow Tonic, my skin cells were sufficiently exfoliated to the point that the one milium on my nose bridge basically fell off, and the one near my eyebrow is starting to show signs of doing the same too! I can't wait for it to go away and I only have Pixi Glow Tonic to thank! I still have a third of my 100ml bottle left but I'm stocking up right as I write this article. Click, click, cha-ching.
If you're looking for something to bring out healthy radiant skin in the winter cold, while also doubling as a milia banisher, Pixi Glow Tonic worked wonders for me. Just be sure to patch test your skin first, and build up tolerance to 5% glycolic acid slowly — starting from twice a week to daily use over a period of a few weeks — I have hyper sensitive dry skin prone to eczema, and doing that helped me get used to Pixi Glow Tonic without any grave repercussions!
You can get Pixi Glow Tonic at major beauty retailers as well as Target (wow, I'm going to actually peruse Target's beauty aisle from now on!) for anywhere from $6 to $29, depending on the size of the bottle. Key To Radiance is not affiliated with Pixi, Cult Beauty, Beautiful with Brains or Target in any way.