Digging into the ingredient detail of Pixi Glow Tonic

Updated: Aug 11

As part of my blog. I’ll be taking a regular look at trending products and giving some ingredient information on them. Just to be clear, I’m not promoting or against products – this is an interest in ingredient detail and getting that information out to readers as we all should be aware of what’s going on our skins.


Pixi Glow Tonic is a popular product at the moment and on sale at Boots at £18 for 250ml.

I have not tried it, and I don’t have any opinion about the product but as it seems to be a popular product which regularly sells out, let’s have a look at the ingredients and understand a little about the actives in it.


The ingredients listing according to the Boots website is:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Biotin, Panthenol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Caramel, Red 4 (CI 14700).


Water is the bulk of this product because the ingredients are always listed in order of amount of ingredient with the most first. All the other ingredients are dissolved in water.

Aloe Leaf Juice is a natural anti inflammatory, moisturising agent which can also enhance cellular regeneration.

Glycolic Acid is the main active ingredient in the product and is a popular alpha hydroxy acid AHA with small molecules so it is able to permeate the epidermis skin and chemically loosen and exfoliate dead skin in the top skin layer revealing luminous (new) skin underneath and refining pore appearance. This exfoliation may help to resolve acne as it works to remove the clogged pores in that top layer. Like any skin peel, it can leave the skin layer underneath susceptible to sun damage so please use an SPF moisturiser after use of AHA products. The package labelling indicates that there is 5% active ingredient in the product which is well within the usage range for glycolic acid.

Butylene Glycol – draws moisture into the skin and used as a solvent in cosmetic products

Glycerin – draws moisture into the skin and can also be used as a solvent for other ingredients.

Sodium Hydroxide – probably used as to balance the Ph as an AHA works within a very narrow Ph range.

Witch Hazel Extract – a popular skin cooling and soothing ingredient.

Horse Chestnut Extract- skin conditioning herbal ingredient.

Hexylene Glycol, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate – these together appear to be components of a skincare agent said to be skin protective regenerating and moisturising by the supplier. These ingredients include amino acids and vitamins with skin protective and regenerative qualities.

Panax Ginseng Root Extract is an antioxidant and antiaging herbal ingredient.

Ethylhexylglycerin is a Preservative making sure that the product is sterile.

Disodium EDTA is a chelating agent which stabilises cosmetic products extending their shelf life. Probably used at 0.1-0.5% in the product.

Biotin. This is vitamin B8 said to aid cell regeneration and skin barrier repair. Its near the end of the list so I think there is less than 1% in this product.

Panthenol – Powerful hydrator drawing water into skin.

PPG-26-Buteth-26 and PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – a synthetic blended agent which acts to solubilise small amounts of oil based products like essential oils into water.

Phenoxyethanol is another Preservative

Fragrance (Parfum) is the Fragrance in the product

Caramel, Red 4 (CI 14700) is the colouring.

So to sum up - a product with an AHA and ingredients to protect and soothe the skin and promote cell regeneration after the chemical exfoliation process.


Just an extra word about AHA’s while I am writing.

AHAs can cause irritation if used frequently, and you can inadvertently peel down to the skin barrier and damage it. The usage instructions for this product indicate up to twice daily use which I am not sure I would recommend if its new to your skin. Start slowly and work up to what’s good for your skin, especially if you are using other skin actives like retinol or salicylic acid. I would advise anyone using AHA’s to follow usage and safety directions closely and be aware of how your skin reacts to an AHA experience – they aren’t suitable for all skins.

Research sources

www.cosmeticsinfo .org; swiftcraftymonkey blog; cosmetics.specialchem.com

Next time I'll be looking at a milky cleanser but if there are any other products you are interested in, please let me know.




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