Toners—what are they good for? Well, I'll tell you. While I used to think that they were fairly pointless, there are a host of them that contain vital ingredients that get at those hard-to-reach final bits of grime and makeup your first cleanse didn't get rid of. These days, I can't do my evening and morning skincare routines without a face toner, provided that it includes one key ingredient: glycolic acid. The presence of glycolic acid means you'll get gentle exfoliation that will ensure any other products applied to your face post-toner (like serums, moisturizers, and face oils) will sink in immediately. This is all a long-winded way of saying that my favorite toner above all is the Pixi Glow Tonic because it does all that and then some.
Keep scrolling to read my review of the product and where to buy it right now (before it sells out again).
When this product first launched, people were genuinely clearing it out of the Pixi London flagship boutique on Carnaby Street—it was love at first sight for many. All over the beauty world, bloggers were lining up to write actual think pieces about whether it was worth all the hype and their conclusions were the same: Yes, it was indeed as rave-worthy as everyone was making it out to be. (It's also a model favorite—Jourdan Dunn swears by the stuff.)
Created by Petra Strand, the Pixi brand was intended to be a line of products that would give you glowing skin, and the toner is one of the best ways to achieve this goal. After cleansing your face, reach for a cotton-wool pad, and saturate it with some of the tonic. Then wipe over your face and décolletage. There is no stinging, and all you're left with is beautifully clear skin before applying your serums and moisturizer. You'll experience instant radiance, but the real glow on your skin will be noticeable a couple of weeks later, thanks to the witch hazel that firms and tones, as well as the horse chestnut that aids blood flow. You'd be hard-pressed to find a toner that gives you such great exfoliation yet is so kind to your skin.
Like all great brands, the Pixi magic doesn't just stop at the glow tonic. There are plenty of other incredible products from the beauty label that deliver incredible results. Keep scrolling for my pick of three other skin-boosting items from Pixi.
This lightweight formula is fast-absorbing and won't clog pores, making it perfect for those with oily skin (and everyone else, too). It's packed with nutrients like rose flower extract, jojoba oil, and aloe vera that work to instantly nourish and hydrate skin.
Made with 100% natural mango butter and lavender, lemon, and bergamot oils, this PM treatment works overtime at night to have your skin feeling refreshed and revitalized come morning. The nutrient-rich formula is what allows this sleep cream to simultaneously protect, calm, and balance skin tone.
Sure, clay masks are nothing new, but this mud mask from Pixi goes one step further in purifying skin. Key ingredients like kaolin clay, sea salt, and ginseng unclog and detox pores to reveal instant glow.