Review: PIXI Glow Tonic

After reading so many rave reviews for PIXI’s Glow Tonic, I knew I had to get my hands on it – right there and then. Unfortunately for me, it was out of stock everywhere at the time, so I had to wait a while for it to be re-stocked, and you know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder…

Pixi Glow Tonic Toner UK Review Exfoliating Glycolic Acid Acne

PIXI Glow Tonic (£18) is an exfoliating and oxygenating toner that claims to firm, tone and tighten the skin whilst removing dead skin cells. It’s been created with absolutely no alcohol or oils, which will be great news to many people, as a lot of toners can often contain alcohol, which can be known to strip your skin of its natural oils and protective barrier.

Glow Tonic’s ingredients include Glycolic Acid (5%), Ginseng, Fructose, Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera and Horse Chestnut Extracts. My favourite from that list is Glycolic Acid, which is a natural ingredient originally derived from Sugar Cane. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, whilst bringing fresh new skin to the surface. Glycolic Acid can also help to lighten skin pigmentation, such as blemishes or age spots, and is great for acne or blackhead prone skin.

Pixi Glow Tonic Toner UK Review Exfoliating Glycolic Acid Acne

I have suffered from quite serious acne for about the last 7 years, so I’m always on the lookout for something new that will help with my daily battle. My skin type is fairly oily, with a lot of acne scarring, blemishes, redness and enlarged pores on my cheeks and around my nose.

Since using Glow Tonic pretty much every morning and evening for around 2 months I have seen a dramatic change in my skin. After cleansing I simply apply some to a cotton pad, and sweep across my face and neck. It doesn’t leave any weird or sticky residue, which I love, and leaves my skin feeling plump and refreshed.

Pixi Glow Tonic Toner UK Review Exfoliating Glycolic Acid Acne Directions

I am so impressed with this tonic, it has cleared up my acne scarring significantly and my pores have definitely shrunk. There is still a long way to go with my scarring, as the majority is older, deeper scars but I can’t deny that Glow Tonic has made a huge difference. My skin genuinely looks in much better condition, it looks brighter, healthier and I do think I’ve suffered from less breakouts since using it.

PIXI’s Glow Tonic, is without a doubt, the best toner I’ve ever tried, and I’ve already bought a backup bottle in case they go out of stock again. At £18 it’s slightly pricey, but I honestly think it’s worth every penny.

I’d love to know if you’ve tried Glow Tonic before and your thoughts or what your favourite toner is

emily x

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  • I’v always wanted to try this but never got round to picking it up but it sounds good if it helps with scarring, i hate when some spots leave little red marks always happens to me around my mouth. So going to try this. I’v been using the new Garnier mattifying miceller water too. Its really good! x

    Laura Kate | Beau La Belle

    • Oh I didn’t know Garnier had a mattifying version! Will definitely keep my eye out for that! If you suffer from the red marks after spots, I would definitely recommend this! I get those too and I do think that this has helped! x

  • Things are always sold out when you want them! Glad it worked for you – I’ve never really got into toner, so I’ll see if I can find somewhere that stocks this to give it a go myself x Rebecca –

    • I’ve been trying to get into toners for ages, but they weren’t really ‘my thing’, but since trying this one I’m converted! x

  • Casey Louise

    I’ve been eyeing up the Pixie Glow Tonic for ages! Might give it a try when my Clarins runs out.

    Casey – ATopsyTurvyBlog

    • I would definitely recommend! I think the hype surrounding this is definitely justified! xx

  • I absolutely LOVE this toner. I ran out around January time and I really really miss it; as I have acne-prone skin too and found it was brilliant for chemically exfoliating my skin without stripping it. I found it changed the texture of my skin for the better – less under-the-skin-bumpiness – and kept it bright and soft. In fact, a dermatologist I saw was really impressed with how soft my skin was, and it was down to this! You’ve made me want to get hold of some again – where did you get it? I got my last one on eBay but stupidly paid well over the odds for it!
    Fab review 🙂
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • Oh wow that’s great to hear that a dermatologist was impressed!! This has definitely changed the texture of mine for the better too! I picked mine up from ASOS in the end, with a 20% off voucher I had so it wasn’t too bad at all! x

  • I do need a toner but I’ve never brought into the hype for this…but think I may have to cave!

    Annabel ?
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • This is one thing I definitely think the hype is justified for – I absolutely love it! x

  • This sounds amazing! x
    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

    • It really is amazing, I’m really impressed with the results! x

  • The product sounds amazing and I really like the packing too! Definitely feel like I have to try this out after reading your review. XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • I was so close to picking this up the other day! Wishing I had now! xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

    • It’s honestly amazing, I hope they don’t discontinue it at any time or I won’t know what to do with myself! x

  • Well, it’s clear that I need this. Everyone has been raving about it for months, but the price really did put me off. But I haven’t been able to find anything to help with my acne scars, but it sounds like this could be it!
    Ivory Avenue

    • I would definitely recommend this! My acne scars were quite pitted, and this has definitely helped with that, my skin is much more even now! x

  • My skin has been a bit spotty recently, which is not very common for me. I don’t know if it’s diet or something I’m using but this toner sounds like the kind of thing that might help sort my skin out and make it look healthy again. Need to try it. It’s been in my wishlist forever. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • I would definitely recommend this, it has helped my skin so much recently. Hope if you cross it off your wish list that you love it as much as i do x

  • Kathryn

    I imagine this to be close to my REN liquid exfoliator, so I will purchase this when I’m done. They are meant to be great for acne scarring!
    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

    • I have heard that this is similar to REN’s liquid exfoliator, i haven’t tried it myself though. This has really helped my acne scarring, my skin is much more even now! x

  • I really want to try the Pixi Glow Tonic. I’m just trying to finish off my Clarins one first and will buy it. My skin has been really bad lately and it sounds like this toner might be the help I need. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • I absolutely love it, and can’t be without it now! Hopefully you love it as much as me if you do give it a go, would love to hear your thoughts! x

  • My absolute holy grail skincare product!


    • Mine too! I literally can’t be without it now! x

  • Dena-Jayne McGuinness

    I really need to pick one of these up and give it ago, I’ve only ever used Simple toners. I know. Crazy! xx

  • I’m not big on toners, but I do want to try a product from Pixi!

  • I’d love to try this out! I have quite a lot of blemishes and blackheads at the moment so anything that’ll make my skin look better is alright by me 🙂 xx


  • I’ve been meaning to get my hands on this – I’d always expected it to contain oils which probably wouldn’t work well with my skin so I’m happy to find that it’s oil-free! Great that it’s helped with your acne scarring, I don’t suffer from acne but scar so easily that any blemishes I get leave a faint scar on my skin, interested to see how this would help!

    Amy |

  • Kirsty Newton

    Really wanting to try this out. I’ve heard so many great things about it and I think it’s available from M&S now? Glad you liked it and it worked for you I can’t wait to try it out, hopefully I’ll get some good results from it.

    Kirsty x

  • sophie

    I need to try this glow tonic it seems to be a blogger favourite!


  • I think the glycolic acid is great for exfoliation, it really does transform skin texture but unfortunately my skin seems to be too sensitive for the Glow Tonic. It makes my skin quite inflamed. However I use the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser once or twice a week and that also has the benefits of glycolic acid but my doesn’t irritate my skin.
    If anyone else has super easily offended skin like mine I’d go for the Glow Mud Cleanser over the Tonic. 🙂

    Roisin x