Pixi Glow Tonic Review & Is It Worth The Hype? With some dupes and suggestions!

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Pixi Glow Tonic Review and Dupes

Finally I have a new blogpost up for you guys! If you have been following me for long you know how much I love chemical exfoliations ie my AHAs! I have been using Glycolic Acid/Lactic Acid products for more than 4+ years and they do work very well for me...for eg Glyco A. However I wanted to incorporate AHA in my daily skincare routine in the form of a toner and since Pixi Glow Tonic is now available in Target I bit the bullet and finally purchased it last year in September and since then never looked back!

As I mentioned I started using Pixi Glow Tonic last September when my skin was going through a rough patch. It felt dry, rough, dull and lacked glow, nothing was working and thats when I decided to add AHA toner in my everyday routine. What is it you ask?

Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For all skin types. Alcohol free

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

Lets look at the key ingredients

AloeVera Leaf Juice - Soothes and moisturises the skin, treats sunburn and acne as well as fights anti-ageing!

Witch Hazel - Its natural astringent and helps with oily skin problems like acne, its also known for soothing irritated skin.

Horse Chestnut Extract - It has Anti-inflammatory properties

Glycolic Acid - My favorite! Glycolic Acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) derived from sugarcane and is highly effective in treating dullness, pigmentation, acne, fine lines, blackheads etc!

Ginseng Root Extract - Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties!

My Thoughts -
There is no better way to say than I love this toner..a lot! When I purchased it I wanted a mild AHA since it was the first time I was incorporating AHA toner in my skincare routine and this one is perfect for that! I have used this toner for over 6 months and have repurchased it a number of times! It comes in 2 sizes 100ml and 250ml so if you want to try this toner I'd say start with the smaller size and always do a patch test. 

Since I started using it I have seen a huge difference in just the texture of my skin, it feels a lot smoother, softer and less blackheads! Its very gentle on skin, there is no alcohol so sensitive skin people can rejoice! I love the addition of ginseng extract and witch hazel, you can definitely smell the ginseng its very soothing on the skin and for the nose as well! The fragrance is not very strong so people with sensitive nose can definitely give it a try!

The toner contains 5% glycolic acid making it very gentle and soothing on skin making it perfect as everyday AHA treatment without irritating the skin. It also is a perfect toner for morning time skincare routine as most of us would prefer gentle products and nothing too strong for the day time! The consistency is light weight and gets absorbed immediately leaving no sticky feeling behind, also it does not sting at all! It gently exfoliates the dead skin cells on the surface and makes way for new brighter skin! Since its alcohol free it does not dry out your skin like some toners with alcohol.

When to use? I use it directly after I cleanse my face morning and evening ie
Cleanse -> AHA/BHA Toner/Treatment -> Serum -> Moisturizer

Over all I highly recommend this toner to everyone! It will suit all skin types!

Rating:- 5 out of 5!

Price:- 15$ for 100ml and 29$ for 250ml

Lets talk availability as I know this product is not available across all countries so Ill try my best to list down few dupes or similar kind products!

UK/International - LookFantastic (the price of pixi glow tonic is 26.50 which is less than US price of 29$ and LookFantastic does ship to International including India!), CultBeauty(Shipping is free on your 1st order - Yes even for International customers! If you are from India and would like to try this product definitely checkout CultBeauty as they ship to India and have a fantastic customer service plus you will get your 1st order shipped free no min!). ASOS - Currently out of stock but you can keep checking here

Dupes/Similar Options
Pixi Glow Peel Pads (22$ for 60) - Pixi Beauty have come out with whopping 20% glycolic acid pads which are great! I would advise to use them weekly or max 2-3 times a week! Available at Target, PixiBeauty, LookFantastic , BeautyBay and CultBeauty.

SilkNaturals 8% AHA Toner 9$ for 120ml - This is a lactic acid based toner and has got fantastic reviews and they do ship internationally

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (60 count) 12.99$ - 2.8% Glycolic Acid, even milder than Pixi Glow Tonic hence perfect for 1st time acid users, available at Target, Ulta, Walgreens , CVS etc 

First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads (30$ for 60 count) - FeelUnique, Sephora, Dermstore (Free shipping always, no min plus receive 15% off on your first order! This is one of my favorite sites to shop as they have Anastasia, Becca Cosmetics, Coverfx, Tarte, Sunday Riley,  LORAC and 100s other brands! 

For more dupes check out Caroline Hirons post here on top 10 Acid Toners!

For all my Indian readers check out Ethicare Acmed Pads, they have both glycolic acid as well as salicylic acid! Very reasonably priced for around 400/- for 50 count and available across all pharmacies, you can also get in touch with their customer service or email them online and they reply back almost immediately! The % of both the acid in Acmed Pads is Salicylic acid 3% and Glycolic Acid 5%!

Hope this review and information was helpful, if you have any queries or request kindly leave them in the comments section and I will get back to you asap.

Thank you!


  1. Pixi glow tonic has been on my wish list for ages. Hope I somehow get my hands on this beauty.

    1. I hope you can get it soon :) let me know how it worked out for you!

  2. I have heard some rave reviews about this. Presently I am using The First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads ! Would love to try this next

    1. I haven't tried the First Aid Beauty Radiance pads but have heard those are awesome :)


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