Skincare Science: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

Skincare Science: Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic

If you haven’t heard of cult beauty product Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic, where have you been?? A few weeks ago I had a meeting with Amanda Bell, creative director of Pixi by Petra where I was handed some of their Christmas makeup collection to try (see my post here); I was also super excited to get to try out this cult Pixi by Glow Tonic for myself as well as a newer skin product Glow Peel Pads. So what is the verdict? Do these products live up to their cult status?


As a beauty science blogger my favourite skincare ingredient which I always recommend to anyone who asks is glycolic acid and , yep you guessed it, this is the star ingredient in both Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic and Glow Peel Pads. Both of these products claim to even skintone and make skin look brighter, healthier and more radiant and all of these benefits can be attributed to the glycolic acid content.


So how does glycolic acid work? As the name suggests glycolic acid is acidic and acts as an at-home chemical peel, but don’t be put off by this! What it does is weaken the binding of the very top layer of cells to the skin surface so that they come away on the cotton pad. The cells in this top layer of skin are older and dryer, they have a rougher texture and are darker in colour as they have been exposed to more UV light – all of these are associated with older-looking skin. When this layer is gently removed by the glycolic acid-containing Pixi Glow products a new layer of top cells are revealed which are newer, more hydrated, lighter in colour and smoother in texture. Overall this gives skin a younger, more radiant appearance, perfect! *Make sure you apply sunscreen the next day to protect these new cells from UV damage*

But how does this wonder-ingredient translate into the products? First up is the classic Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic (£18.00 for 250 mL) which contains 5% glycolic acid. The tonic is gentle and is best for use twice daily to keep skin looking radiant. The tonic also contains aloe vera which helps to soothe skin throughout the acid treatment and witch hazel extract which is great for acne and keeping spots at bay. The Glow Tonic smells wonderful and I really noticed a difference in the look and feel of my skin with regular use. I would definitely recommend!


The next glycolic acid product I’ve been testing is the Pixi Glow Peel Pads (£24.00 for 60 pads), a newer addition to the glow range of skincare products which contains a whopping 20% glycolic acid! They come as small ready-to-use pads recommended for use at night when needed. WOW is all I can say! After first use I was lost for words at the difference in my skin! You leave the product on for 2-3 minutes before washing it off and during this time skin tingles a bit, almost stings, but boy is it worth it! My skin was instantly so much smoother, particularly on my forehead where I am prone to rougher skin, particularly in the winter, and overall my skin looked smoother and more even. Never have I used a product where the results are so instantaneously dramatic! I haven’t come across any other products with this concentration of glycolic acid, most contain between 5-7%; to put it in context, salon-grade glycolic treatments usually contain about 35% glycolic acid and cost an absolute fortune so these pads are definitely value for money! The pads also contain anti-aging wonder ingredient retinol which also helps to brighten skin and over time can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. I can’t recommend this product enough, although if you have sensitive skin you may want to be careful.


If you’re looking to reboot your winter skincare regime then I would definitely recommend the Pixi Glow range with glycolic acid. There are a number of other products available too including a clay mask which I can’t wait to get my hands on! Have you tried any Pixi Glow products?