British beauty brand Pixi is best known for its game-changing toner, or Glow Tonic – a non-drying, alcohol-free exfoliating toner with the skin smoothing, dead-cell-busting power of glycolic acid. It launched a thousand copycats, but at £10 a bottle it remains a bestselling classic: radiant skin in a bottle.
So we’re pretty excited to hear that Pixi has developed a new formula of the Glow Tonic, this time with the extra muscle of retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A that has been proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and enhance collagen production.
It’s a powerful ingredient and has to be used with some caution to avoid over-aggravating the skin, and SPF protection after use is a must. For that reason, you mainly see retinol as an active ingredient in night creams, moisturisers and serums – so Pixi’s toner formula is unusual.
To hydrate and soothe the skin and avoid that unpleasant ‘tight’ feeling, they’ve combined the (low dose of) retinol with jasmine flower and glycerin, along with a cocktail of antioxidants and peptides to boost that healthy glow.
The ‘advanced youth preserving toner’ – a fairly lengthy way to say ‘anti-ageing’ – is particularly suited to mature skin. The retinol it uses is encapsulated, which means it is more stable and effective at penetrating into the top layers of skin.
If you’re totally new to retinols, then go gently to begin with – and never forget to wear your SPF (in this weather you should be applying it daily anyway).
Pixi’s Retinol Tonic will launch in the UK at the end of the month, and also cost a wallet-friendly £10. It follows the addition of the Rose Tonic to their toner range, a seriously hydrating formula combining rose hydrasol and elderflower to re-balance your pH and reduce redness.
Hard-core Pixi devotees will of course want the full toner trio on their bathroom shelves!