The Pixi Glow Tonic Is A Cult-Favorite For A Reason

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As an avid watcher of beauty videos on YouTube, I’ve heard whispers about the Pixi Glow Tonic for years. It was what fueled my use of products like Nuance Beauty’s Daily Resurfacing Pads, Dr. Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Glow Pads, Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Foaming Cleanser. I had varying levels of success with various products, so I was unconvinced that the Pixi Glow Tonic could be as good as everyone made it out to be.

Except it actually is that good.

From the moment I swiped it across my skin on a cotton pad, I could tell that it was different from all the other products that I’ve tried. Firstly, it’s an astringent (and not the Sea Breeze variety we used in the 90s) and not a toner, so it’s better for oily to combination skin types or acne-prone skin. It’s also alcohol-free, so it won’t sting. The ingredient list is rather simple, with MVPs like aloe, ginseng, and 5% glycolic. If your skin is sensitive or not used to acids, you may want to take it slowly by diluting the solution with a few drops of water with use or only using it a few times per week. But, if you’re like me and acid happy, then you’re going to want to dive right in.

There are three key areas the Pixi Glow Tonic impacted: the appearance of pore size, breakouts, and texture.  As my personal skincare savior (and Glow Tonic devotee) Caroline Hirons will remind us, you can’t really reduce the size of your pores. You can clean them, or reduce their visible appearance, but pores are a requirement of the living. I prefer to use Glow Tonic in the morning because it reduces the appearance of my pores & helps my makeup to go on more smoothly.

I’ve always had rough texture around my cheekbones from clogged pores and breakouts, no matter how many exfoliating toners or peel pads that I’ve used. Glow Tonic is quite literally the only thing to improve the texture of my skin. In the same vein, it also reduces the size and flakiness of any breakouts, though there are significantly less since I’ve started using it. I even take it down onto my chest where the same results were replicated.

A pro tip given to me by Amanda Bell, Pixi’s makeup artist, was to run the remainder of the product on the cotton pad across my lips to help exfoliate them. Not only has that worked like a dream, but it’s helped with the clogged pores I’ve been suffering from along my lip line. Because of this genius, I’m thinking of all the other places I could use Glow Tonic, like my armpits and inner thighs. Clogged pores are real.

The big news surrounding Glow Tonic is that it’s now available at Target, both online and in stores, in a 3.4-ounce travel-friendly bottle. I’ve seen supersized bottles available on home shopping channels and the Pixi website in limited quantities. If you’re a fan, keep an eye out!

Add Glow Tonic to my list of holy grail products. (Yes, mom, you can borrow some the next time you visit.)

Where to buy: Target | Birchbox | Pixi Beauty

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Pixi's Glow Tonic is practically perfect in every way. Priced at $15 for 100ml and $29 for 250ml makes it attainable for most budgets, plus the 100ml bottles are currently sold at Target. I deducted the most points for packaging because although this is a standard toner component, I would love if it had a pump so I could more easily control the amount of product on my cotton pad. Overall, it's a cult favorite and highly recommended for a reason. Give it a try!


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Sarah Conley
Focusing on style and self-esteem with her inimitable sass, Sarah has helped change the conversation about plus size fashion. She is a socially connected influencer, has been the star of viral videos, and helped lead an anti-body shaming campaign that earned an apology from O, the Oprah Magazine. With an approach that is more Role Model than Runway Model, Sarah has built a credible connection with the fashion community as a whole. As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in TIME, CNN, Teen Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, Lucky, and more. As a consultant, her social strategies have been executed by former clients ELOQUII, Undone Beauty, NARS, MAC Cosmetics, David Yurman, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Clé de Peau Beauté, and many more. Currently, she serves as the Director of Marketing for Arkansas’s only cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom Cheese in Bentonville, Arkansas. When she’s not educating people on the wonders of artisanal cheese or taking her rescue dog, Blueberry Shortcake Flowers, for a walk, Sarah can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @imsarahconley.


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