Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is excellent for many skin types. It improves the suppleness, firmness, also brightens, and overall rejuvenates the skin. The continuous use of products containing glycolic acid can better the appearance of enlarged pores, and research shows that it is helpful in acne treatment. It has a lot of benefits, and anyone who uses it would agree on at least one of these points. To be very honest, glycolic acid isn’t my most favourite acid. After trying several products containing this acid that were either very irritating and drying or didn’t bring any results, I was disappointed. However, now I am on my new journey with glycolic acid, and I am testing a lot of different products like Pixi Glow Peel Pads.
I am not fond of the original Pixi Glow Tonic; I don’t think it does much for my skin. However, when Pixi released these 20% glycolic acid pads, I knew I had to try them. I am so glad that I did because they are marvellous. I don’t have a problem with large pores, maybe a few around my nose. And when I use these pads, I can see them shrink within minutes, literally. My entire face becomes radiant and smooth, like a baby’s bum. I say radiant, but the glow game is real. These pads will work wonderfully for anyone seeking help with acne, trying to minimise pores, wanting to brighten and rejuvenate the skin. Or maybe you just look for a boost in your routine – it’s the way to go. Besides, these pads are soaked in many fantastic ingredients: damask rose extract, liquorice root extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract. There are a few more interesting ingredients, as this product is loaded with goodness. For those of you who are concerned with the alcohol – well it’s normal in acid products, especially at this concentration (20%). You need alcohol for the acid to work. If you are worried that these pads may be too drying, follow with a thick moisturiser or a mask, and I am sure you will be fine. Though it wasn’t my experience, I just go in with my regular routine after using these.
There are several glycolic acid products on the market, but these pads are worth their price. They are not too expensive, £24.00 for 60 pads soaked in a powerful solution. Pixi recommend using them daily, I wouldn’t. These pads are pretty potent, and you don’t need this much exfoliation daily. 1-3 times a week is enough unless you need to descale years of negligence and layers dead skin, but still, don’t go overboard. Also, if you are an experienced acid user, you could keep the product on your skin for a bit longer, about 5 minutes, but also don’t overdo it. I know some people don’t, but I like to rinse the product off, as it leaves a sticky residue, which is common with glycolic products (given the strength of the product). They work both for the face and body so you could use one on your face then the body (they are pretty juicy) and wash everything off in the shower. Some pinching or temporary redness may occur, especially during the first uses as they are strong. I would say these would be suitable for anyone from acne-prone/oily to normal leaning towards dry, people with very dry and sensitive skin types may find glycolic acid too harsh. Of course, a good sunscreen is a must while using these.
Overall, Pixi Glow Peel Pads are excellent. They bring results and do what it says on the jar. If are you looking for a powerful glycolic acid product, I suggest you try these – you will notice a difference from the first use.
Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Polysorbate 20, SD Alcohol 40-B, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arginine, Tocopherol, Sodium Hydroxide, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride. (pixibeauty.co.uk)
You can get these pads from Pixibeauty.co.uk for £24.00 (about €27).