About Face: Pixi by Petra Glow Peel Pads & Hydrating Milky Mist

A couple of weeks ago I decided that it was high time that I try Pixi by Petra. I think it was sometime last summer when almost every beauty blogger I know was talking about this. Apparently Pixi is a big thing across the pond (and my cousins didn’t even fill me in – I’ll deal with them later). I remember reading somewhere that it was being sold at Target so after a long day at work, I went to check it out.

The hero product from the line is the Glow Tonic.  I wanted to try it because it contained my favorite ingredient – glycolic acid. But truth be told, I’m still loyal to my Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner and I also have a few other glycolic acid toners. I wanted to try something that contained glycolic acid but offered a different result. While browsing the Pixi Beauty website, I stumbled upon the Glow Peel Pads. Now, most products that contain glycolic acid include the ingredient at about 8-10%. I wanted something at a higher concentration but gentle enough for everyday use. Well, lo and behold that is just what these pads were. This product is 20% glycolic acid. I have to admit – I was a little intimidated. I try a lot of things on my skin to combat my moderate hyper pigmentation and since I already use glycolic acid as part of my daily nighttime skin routine, I had to re-evaluate the products that I was currently using and see what I needed to swap in order to include this product to achieve the results I was looking for – toned, youthful skin. What that meant for me was that I now had to do away with my glycolic toner at night and introduce this product. Because I wanted to make sure that my skin was thoroughly hydrated, I also picked up Pixi’s Hydrating Milky Mist to use nightly after using the pads and before applying my serum and night cream.

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After thoroughly cleansing my face with my Glamglow Supercleanse™ Daily Clearing Cleanser, I used one pad as directed and swiped it all over my face. I was expecting it to sting a little because that’s what most of the reviews said it would do. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel that much of a sting. My guess is that I’ve been using glycolic acid for so long that my skin didn’t seem to overreact. Following the directions, I let the solution seep into my skin for about two minutes before rinsing with cool water. After toweling off my face, I spritzed the Hydrating Milky Mist. I gotta tell you, I’m carrying this mist in my bag all of the time. It’s extremely refreshing. First of all, it contains black oat. So I know you’re probably asking what’s the difference between black oat and let’s just call it white oat. Well here’s the thing – black oat is black (okay, that’s not the only thing). What makes black oat so essential to your skin is that it contains  water-retaining substances and amino acids that support the skin’s own natural moisturizing process, whereby keeping your skin always hydrated. Secondly, it has my second favorite ingredient – hyaluronic acid. So you’re hydrated and you are able to maintain a youthful texture – WINNING! The third thing that’s great about this is that it can be used throughout the day. I’ve spritzed it over my makeup in the middle of the day when I feel a little weather beaten and it’s the perfect pick me up.

I’ve been using this combination for a little over a week now, and I’ve seen some improvement, but you know me – I have to give it a couple of weeks in order for me to really judge the results. The good thing is that for 60 pads, it’s pretty inexpensive – at least when compared to Cane Austin’s Resurfacing Pads. Actually, the ingredients of both pads are nearly identical with glycolic being the second ingredient – letting you know that it’s in high concentration.

Check back with me in about two weeks because you know if I love it – you’ll know it. Until next time always remember to SEE. TOUCH. TASTE.

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