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.


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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