Nothing drags my skin down more than a lack of exfoliation. Granted, at my age the turnover rate of my skin cells isn’t what it was, and I feel my skin sometimes has trouble sloughing off what’s no longer needed. Dead skin has to go, though. It dulls the complexion and causes makeup to sit poorly on the skin.
When I was a teen, I used a popular apricot scrub to remove dead (and probably live) skin. Remember the one with the granular bits of ground apricot seed? I’m surprised I had any skin left. Exfoliants these days are a more civilised affair. They come in a multitude of strengths, contain various acids, and work well to break down the ‘glue’ that keeps dead skin from falling away as fast as necessary.
Pixi Glow Tonic is one of the best exfoliants I’ve tried because it works and it’s gentle. So gentle, in fact, that I use it daily. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, and it isn’t at all drying. It’s also incredibly quick and easy to use, meaning the payoff-to-faff ratio is quite high. Just a few drops on a cotton pad swept over the skin are all that’s needed, and the benefits are immediate and obvious. With the dead cells removed, skin appears fresh and glowing.
Effectiveness: 5 – works quickly, gently and well.
User Experience: 5 – with ginseng, aloe vera, and a light, fresh scent, it’s a pleasure to use.
Comfort: 4 – does not dry, but I do need to get serum onto my skin fairly quickly after using it.
Repurchase: Yes. Often.
Pixi Glow Tonic, £18