Pixi Beauty Glycolics ~ Sensitive Skin Friendly

If you have sensitive or reactive skin, the mere mention of of Glycolics might just send you into a meltdown. Well it used to for me, especially having thin fragile areas of skin with broken capillaries, but after using Pixi for a couple of years, I find their Glycolics are really gentle. Here are some different products that contain their glycolic formula, and that are kind to skin.

When it comes to toning or misting the skin, I am old school having been a therapist, and it was part of the main skin routine ; ‘cleanse, tone, moisturise’. Some beauty writers suggest we ‘don’t need’ to tone our skin, but wether you use a floral water, an AHA toner or botanical mist, it is about re-balancing and/or hydrating the skin. Many glycolic products have a low ph, in order to refine the surface texture of the skin by way of peeling, whereas Pixi products have a ph of around 4 – 5, offering gentle exfoliation. Some may say it is not really doing a good job, but I disagree.

Having sensitive/reactive skin as some of you out there also will, using a stronger glycolic would lower the the skin ph, probably to the point of causing reaction. When there is a reaction, it is your skin telling you it cannot take the product. If delicate skin is taken too out of balance, it can upset the acid mantle (the protective surface barrier composed of dead skin cells, sweat and sebum). and produce redness, spots, dry patches, and in turn take a while to re-balance. The natural acid level of skin is around 4.5 – 5’5, so with Pixi, it is treating all skins gently. I find it does ever so slightly resurface the outer layer which in turn by using regularly, will help brighten its appearance.

The Pixi skincare range was designed to be gentle on the skin, not to strip. So for those with delicate or reactive skins, these might suit you better than some of the stronger, lower ph acids out there. If you want to build up and increase your skins resilience to acids, this is a good range to start off with. Pixi use no animal testing, products are suitable for all skin types, plus the price range is affordable.

Pixi Glow Tonic 

This award winning, alcohol-free toner is fresh and gentle. It brightens and refreshes by gently exfoliating, with its low content of 5% glycolic acid, whilst also containing ingredients that hydrate.

Ingredients : Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Caramel, Red 4 (CI 14700). 100 ml / 3.4 fl. oz

I find this ever so slightly takes off any dry, dead cells on the surface layer of the skin, leaving it vibrant and dewy. Even though it contains glycolic, it doesn’t irritate or cause any reaction, even though my skin is sensitive. Easy to use by simply soaking a pad, wiping over face and neck (avoiding eye area), post cleansing and before applying oils or serums.

The larger 200ml size ( £18), is suitable for the dressing table, and the 100ml (£10), ideal for travelling.

Pixi Glow Tonic ‘To-Go’ Pads

An easy-use product, these pre-soaked pads make it super quick and less faff to tone the skin. These are ideal for those who travel a lot but need their Glow Tonic fix.

Ingredients : Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (and) Fructose (and) Glucose (and) Sucrose (and) Urea (and) Dextrin (and) Alanine (and) Glutamic Acid (and) Aspartic Acid (and) Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.

These are ideal for those who need speedy products, and also don’t want to risk spillage of their toner, especially when travelling. The cotton pads are pre-soaked with Glow Tonic, ready to just take out and swipe over the skin. The pot contains 60 pads, enough to cover morning and night routines for a month, and is priced at £20.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

More suited as a morning cleanser, or 2nd cleanser after makeup removal, the mud cleanser cleans deep into the pores. It again contains 5% glycolic to gently exfoliate and leave skin glowing. This 135ml tube is priced at £18.

Ingredients : Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Diatomaceous Earth, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Glycolate, Lauroamphocarboxyglycinate and Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Squalane, Anthemis Nobilis Flower (Chamomile) Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Hexylene Glycol (and) Fructose (and) Glucose (and) Sucrose (and) Urea (and) Dextrin (and) Alanine (and) Glutamic Acid (and) Aspartic Acid (and) Hexyl Nicotinate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Guar Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid.

This is new Pixi product to me, which I have been using mainly on a morning, especially if I’m tired from pain and my skin needs a boost. I was originally a little worried this would dry out my skin before using, being a mud formula. It has a lovely creamy texture, a very pleasant aroma, plus, it is enjoyable to use and easy to remove. The above image shows after washing off the formula, revealing fresh, glowing skin.

Occasionally my skin tingles a little in places, showing the glycolic is working. I apply to damp skin and massage in well for over half a minute (avoiding eyes). I remove with warm water and a face cloth, swipe over with toner, then spritz over 1 or 2 of the Pixi mists, before using an oil and moisturiser. Unless I am applying Ultrasun, in which case I work that straight into the skin after the toner, using mists and oils etc 10 minutes after.

*After using any acids to exfoliate the skins surface, always apply SPF containing UVB  & UVA protection, before going outside.

Any slight redness I get using the cleansing mud, usually around the nose or forehead, soon dissipates. Due to the nourishing oils, aloe vera, glycerin and hyaluronic acid contained in the formula, skin is not only left really clean, but super soft and bright. Thankfully, its not left dry or parched, like other mud product formulations I have used in the past. I enjoy using this and like the results I get.

So, if you want to improve your skins surface texture, but have not yet dipped your toe in the glycolic waters, I would recommend trying these products from Pixi. Find their Skintreats here.


Do you have a sensitive skin and prefer gentler glycolic products like these?


Heidi x

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  1. 16th June 2017 / 9:27 am

    I’ve been using The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. It supposedly is a dupe for the Pixi Glow tonic but I can’t compare as I’ve never tried Pixi. It doesn’t irritate my skin though.

    I really do love the look and sound of their mists though. They are definitely on my wish list!

    The mud cleanser sounds really nice too. I have to remember that my skin is more oily now and I definitely do not have sensitive skin. Products that used to make my face red when no longer cause any reaction or irritation.

    Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on these Pixi products. As usual beautiful pictures and informative, detailed review Heidi! :D x

    • 20th June 2017 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you Sarah. Ah well that is good, but sensitive skin can occur if you react to something or overuse a product. I always class mine as sensitive having broken capillaries, which means fragile/delicate skin so I have to be careful. Oh do try a mist or two, they are so refreshing and last ages!
      H x