It’s fair to say Pixi’s Glow Tonic is worthy of the praise it attracts – a gentle yet effective exfoliating toner that helps tone, firm and tighten the skin but also removes dead skin cells for a healthier looking skin but at £18, it’s not exactly budget-friendly. If you’re on the look-out for a decent, high-performing alternative choice then The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution fits the bill.
Coming at 10ml less than Pixi’s Glow Tonic but with the price tag of £6.80, The Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is precious cargo so don’t be surprised that it’s often out of stock. This solution contains 7% glycolic acid, amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng and tasmanian pepperberry. It is a water-based product, free from alcohol, oil and sillicone. It is also cruelty-free and vegan friendly.
Unlike Glow Tonic which is safe to use twice a day (though once a day is actually more than adequate), The Ordinary’s offering should be used once a day (preferbly at night). This formula should not be used on sensitive, peeling or compromised skin and sunscreen should be applied after use.
I really like the narrow nozzle that twists open and shut – it’s practical, more aesthetic and easier to handle. In terms of usage, I’ve not experienced any problems with my skin, applying it once a night and really do enjoy using it as an alternative to Glow Tonic plus it’s really affordable at over 50% less than Pixi’s price tag.
If you are on the look-out for a more affordable option, The Ordinary’s version of an exfoliating toner is damn good – you’ve just got to be quick when it’s back in stock (and grab more than one). It’s available from Deciem’s website and Cult Beauty.