Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock these past few years you will probably have heard the hype around Pixi’s amazing Glow Tonic. It retails at £18 for 250ml, (you can pick up a smaller 100ml travel size bottle for £10) and has won numerous awards earning it cult status in the beauty world.

I first picked this up around 2 years ago to add into my skincare routine instead of my usual toner. Now I had previously used other exfoliating toner products, so my skin was used to a bit of glycolic acid but I needn’t have worried as this really is a gentle product, suitable for most skin types. I love the fact that this is alcohol free too.

Glow tonic has a 5% acid formula which helps to exfoliate and purify the skin, meaning healthy new skin cells can come to the forefront. The ginseng improves circulation within the skin and then Aloe Vera to help soothe any irritation and hydrate.

I’ve been using this for a long time now, both morning and evening after cleansing. It’s such an easy way of performing an affordable at home treatment for skin resurfacing, gentle enough to use everyday. Simply apply on a cotton pad and sweep across your face area and down onto your décolletage, avoiding the eye area.

A glycolic acid really does make a difference to your skincare routine, I notice it more so when I’m not using it. My skin just doesn’t feel as ‘clean’ or ‘new’. Something I have been really keen on trying alongside this is Pixi’s new Retinol Tonic. It retails at the same price as the Glow Tonic and contains a unique time release Retinol. I have only used this for a few weeks in my evening routine so it’s still early days, but already I can tell I love it.

As with the glow tonic, it’s a really gentle formula but still packing a punch with powerful ingredients to help rejuvenate the skin and smooth the complexion, this time with jasmine flower to help heal and balance.

I’ve always been a fan of Pixi and my skin reacts well to any products I tend to try from them, I’m a big fan of the double cleanse and I think next on the list to try will be masks. What’s your favourite Pixi product? Let me know in the comments.

 

Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi & Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse
Pixi Retinol Tonic 100ml
Pixi Retinol Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic 100ml
Pixi Glow Tonic

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I’ve always been pretty good about my skincare routine, even from a young age it was drummed into me about the importance of removing my make up every night. Albeit a simple routine I always make sure I mix it up throughout the seasons to give my skin the ingredients it needs to be at its best.

My skin is pretty combination all year round but during the winter months due to indoor heating and freezing cold temperatures outside my skin does start to suffer. As I’ve got older I’ve definitely started spending a bit more on products and doing a lot more research before I buy. In my 20’s I used to be swayed by magazines and adverts, using anything and not really noticing the ingredients in the product.

For me this time of year is all about finding products that hydrate, exfoliate and brighten my skin, so here’s what I’ve been using over the recent months.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – this stuff literally smells like a spa (thanks to the rose fragrance) and melts onto your skin. The gel consistency feels like a real treat and  turns into an oil when massaged onto your face. As well as removing all make up, it makes skin feel really clean without drying out any areas. It also contains fruit enzymes which help remove dead skin cells and renew collagen production.

Pixi Glow Tonic – I tend to use this most of the year to be honest, not just during the colder months. I’ve noticed my skin tends to have more of a glow when I do have this within my routine. It works as an exfoliating tonic with a 5% glycolic acid, gently purifying the skin. Another alternative to this would be Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner.

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For me the biggest part of my winter essentials are the products I use in the evening. Giving my skin a bit of a boost before bed really pays off the next day. My absolute faves this winter have been Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial, and Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate. Most nights i’ll pop a few drops of the Kiehls Midnight Recovery on before my moisturiser, I’ve used this for years and it’s still a firm favourite. Once or twice a week I’ll massage in the Overnight Facial by Sarah Chapman. It smells amazing and helps give my skin a nice glow in the morning thanks to ingredients such as Vitamin-A and anti-oxidents.

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La Mer Moisturizing Soft Cream – This has been my skincare staple every winter for the last few years. Thanks to a birthday in the later part of the year, it normally finds its way  onto my wish list. My Husband appreciates not having to think up of a present every year, and I definitely appreciate the treat, win win! I’ve tried a few products within the La Mer brand, The Renewal Oil being a favourite too, but if I had to choose just one it would be this one. The original Moisturizing Cream tends to be a bit too heavy for me, and the gel formula is perfect for the warmer months, but the soft cream is just right for this time of year. It’s very luxurious and delivers an instant glow to my skin, perfect to layer under make up. I find it very lightweight even though it delivers a very nourishing and hydrating feel.

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I wasn’t going to include body products, but seeing as that’s the thing I suffer with most in the colder months I thought I would add it in. Probably due to the deathly hot showers I put my body through, my skin tends to turn into a dry scaly mess. I’m not great at spending time to moisturise my body, so for me the L’occitane Almond shower oil is perfect. I’ve repurchased this duo time and time again, the smell is incredible. I hate when moisturisers don’t sink into your skin and leave a sticky consistency, you definitely don’t get that with the L’occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, my skin feels super soft and it just sinks right in. I also love the fact the moisturiser comes in a glass jar so you can get every last bit out!

That’s my skincare essentials for this winter, which products are you loving right now? Have you tried any of the ones I’ve mentioned?