We wanted to write a feature on an alternative to Pixi Glow Tonic, as we have heard so many stories about it causing irritation to skin. We will explain why this product might not work for lots of people and offer an alternative with our face toner. Pixi Glow Tonic has become a huge product on social channels and is raved for creating glowing skin overnight. This is most likely because it is a powerful facial exfoliant and when we exfoliate our skin it removes a layer of dead skin cells to leave our complexions looking younger, smoother and brighter. However, from what we have heard and from looking at the ingredients list it can be sensitising to skin. If you use Pixi Glow Tonic and you love it then of course we are not suggesting changing. However if you are wondering why it does not work for you when it has such great reviews, then read on to find out why, and see our kind alternative to pixi glow tonic.
When we hear about a product causing skin irritation, we always look at the ingredients listing and the concentrations of them. Sometimes an ingredient might appear in a product in a really small amount, such as a tiny amount of alcohol to preserve a plant active, and this would generally not cause a problem. However, when strong ingredients appear in products at high concentrations then we have cause for concern.
Looking at the ingredients list we can see some ingredients that appear quite high up on the listing. The main ingredients in high concentrations are Glycolic Acid and Sodium Hydroxide. The Glycolic Acid is the exfoliant in the product and it is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Many people love its exfoliation properties but it can cause irritation and inflammation, especially for those with sensitive skin and is even thought to cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones. If you do use it then we recommend using it in small quantities. Sodium hydroxide can be beneficial in skin care products in small amounts, but this seems very close to the top of the ingredient list and in high concentrations like this it can be stripping.
In lower concentrations the glow tonic also contains ingredients that we would consider undesirable in a skincare product, including synthetic fragrance and colourant Red 4 (CI 14700). At Nakin we believe these are never needed in a product as they have no benefits to skin, but instead have negative effects. We do not use them in our natural skincare because we do not feel they add to the products and instead pose a risk in terms of causing sensitivity, with other health concerns attached to them.
So, for an alternative to pixi glow tonic we recommend our face toner which has all the benefits of providing clear conditioned toned skin, but without any of the irritation. Instead, we use kind plant ingredients that have natural cleansing powers. It contains hyaluronic acid, seaweed, witch hazel and aloe vera which work together to give skin a cleansing lift and boost. Our face toner works best when used with our anti-ageing cleansing milk beforehand, apply the milk to skin and then remove with a lukewarm damp muslin cloth. Take the cleanser off with small circular movements all over the face and neck and moving to a clean piece of cloth after removing an area. Then follow with our anti-ageing face toner. The combined efforts of the cleansing milk and toner will thoroughly clean, exfoliate and tone skin. Use the cleansing milk and toner morning and evening, with the muslin cloth exfoliation once a week. Benefits will be seen immediately and increase over the coming months. To find out more about Nakin and our anti-ageing skincare then take a look at the links below.