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Pixi Glow Tonic is a cult skincare product in the UK thanks to Caroline Hirons, who calls it a P50 dupe, and I finally have a bottle in my hot little hands! It’s available now in Target in the US and it’s pretty good value, at $15 for 100 mL.
Glow Tonic is an exfoliating toner, containing 5% glycolic acid as its star ingredient. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which acts to unstick dead skin cells, allowing them to slough off more easily to leave smoother, glowing skin. The pH of this product is 4-5, making this a relatively weak exfoliating product. As well as glycolic acid, there are other beneficial/possibly beneficial ingredients, like aloe vera juice (emollient), witch hazel extract (astringent), horse chestnut and ginseng extracts (antioxidant), and a whole host of humectants (glycerin, glucose, fructose… pretty much the rest of the ingredients list!).
Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.
I have to disagree with Caroline Hirons here – it’s really not a P50 dupe! P50 has a lot more exfoliating ingredients, such as a generous dash of gluconolactone, lactic acid, malic acid and citric acid, as well as phenol if you get the original formulation. It also has niacinamide, which is fantastic for evening out pigmentation. The only real similarity is that they both contain AHAs, but there are tons of products on the market these days with AHAs.
Even though it’s not a dupe of a pricey product, Glow Tonic is still worth a try if you’re after a gentle exfoliant. If AHA products usually irritate your skin, this should go on your to-buy list – it has a decent amount of glycolic acid at a reasonably low pH, but all the soothing ingredients leave your skin soft, and it barely stings when you apply it. It also has a pleasant cucumber-ish scent. Just make sure you load up on sunscreen when you use any chemical exfoliant! You can buy Pixi Glow Tonic on Amazon or at Target.
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