Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm & Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi are one of those cult beauty brands that I've heard so much about, mainly due to their Glow Tonic , but never actually tried ...

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi are one of those cult beauty brands that I've heard so much about, mainly due to their Glow Tonic, but never actually tried any of their products. When these samples found their way onto my desk there was no way I was sending them all out without trying one for myself, after all, I kind of have to know what I'm writing about for HQhair too! I was pretty ready to switch up my skin care after coming home from holiday to much cooler climates, and what better time to nourish and exfoliate my skin?!

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm

pixi nourishing cleansing balm
Although I haven't tried many cleansing balms, I'm a big fan of Eve Lom's so I was really excited to try this. Pixi describe it as 'a gentle cleansing balm that removed all traces of make-up as it nourishes, leaving skin silky-soft' and they aren't wrong, although I prefer to take the majority of my make-up off with micellar water first. As you rub the balm into your skin it melts into an oil, which you then massage into the skin for around 30 seconds, and remove with a damp flannel in circular motions.

Pixi's Nourishing Cleansing Balm is packed with sweet almond oil which helps to maintain moisture levels and absorb quickly without blocking pores, counteract dark circles and improve your overall complexion. Added shea butter in the balm means it is super moisturising and vitamin E works to block free radicals which can speed up the aging process.

I really like the texture and scent of the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm, but I find it a little too heavy to use both morning and night, and it takes a bit of getting off with a flannel - ain't nobody got time for that in the morning. I do use it each night though, and so far so good! My skin tends to work well with most products and ingredients, so I can't say it's made a huge difference to my face so far, but it does feel that little bit more luxurious than using a standard cream or foaming cleanser!

Pixi Glow Tonic

pixi glow tonic

This was the product I reaaaally wanted to try. I've heard so much about Pixi Glow Tonic (mainly from Hello Terri Lowe sitting next to me at work every day) but I know its a blogger favourite and everyone raves about it, so I was pretty desperate to try it! I exfoliate daily, usually with a chemical exfoliant/overnight treatment, and often with a physical exfoliant too. I did a tonne of research on chemical exfolaints at work for a blog peice, and although I probably would have liked the Glow Tonic before, I love it even more now that I understand the ingredients and how they work!

Pixi Glow Tonic has Glycolic Acid in, which is an AHA, or alpha-hydroxy acid. AHA's break down the bonds between dead skin cells, revealing new and fresh skin cells below, and stimulating the growth of new ones. Getting rid of these dead skin cells means that your other skin care products will absorb better too, as they aren't being blocked by the dead cells! Winner! Pixi say their Glow Tonic is good for all skin types, but be careful if you have super sensitive skin as Glycolic Acid can cause a reaction.

I've been using this morning and evening and I definitely think my skin feels more toned and my complexion is more even. I can't say I've noticed a 'glow' as such, but it is January and I've still got holiday blues, so I'm constantly looking pretty gloomy... Overall, I'm a fan!

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