Rate or Hate? Reviews Of Toners / Exfoliants I Tried In 2020 For My Acne Prone Skin – Pixi Glow, REN Ready Steady Glow, Caudalie Vinopure.

This post is a follow on from my Cleansers Used In 2020 post reviewing all the toners and exfoliants I tried for my acne prone skin this year. The reason I titled this collection of posts “rate or hate” is because of one of these toners I tried which I absolutely despised!

Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion


Likes: Sadly – none

Dislikes: Strong alcohol / fragrance smell, product was coloured bright yellow. It did nothing for my skin apart from cause mild dryness. I was so close to throwing this away and celebrated when the bottle was finally over.

Rate or Hate? 100% Hate. A complete waste of money and time spent using it. I didn’t see any positive differences in my skin and wouldn’t bother trying anything from this brand again. It smelt overwhelming, left my skin dry and flaky in places and was neon yellow in colour. My experience with this product was so bad that I started buying minis of toners / exfoliants to trial after this. This product taught me to not buy based on reviews alone and be far more clued up on checking ingredient lists!

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Toner

AHA? Yes – Lactic Acid – and BHA

Likes: Didn’t cause dryness, I actually noticed positive improvements in pore congestion which is very rare for my skincare experiences, alcohol free, the brand is very eco conscious, didn’t cause breakouts and I had no purging period. It felt gentle and there was no stinging. Helped with hyperpigmentation.

Dislikes: Price, sadly this one isn’t cheap. Notable false orange smell which I didn’t love but for the benefits I could live with it.

Rate or Hate? I would buy this again. I did notice minor bumps on my forehead emerging when using this but these went away fairly fast, they didn’t turn into whiteheads etc and this didn’t bother me. This product actually encouraged me to try more AHA toners at a slightly better price point for me as I was impressed.

Caudalie VinoPure Toner


Likes: This left my skin feeling very fresh and clean, it didn’t cause breakouts.

Dislikes: I didn’t notice any improvements in my skin, in fact I used this straight after the REN product and actually noticed my pores looking more congested again.

Rate or Hate? I wouldn’t buy this again.

Pixi Glow Tonic

AHA? Yes, Glycolic Acid

Likes: alcohol free, didn’t cause any irritation, definitely helped with hyperpigmentation, no strong smell at all, didn’t cause any breakouts,

Dislikes: tingled very mildly on occasion but I could easily live with this, it is coloured,

Rate or Hate? I’ve been on the fence trying to make my mind up about this one so it’s not love. Looking back, although I wasn’t wild about the smell of the REN product, I do think it was more effective at dealing with any congested looking pores. I’ll happily finish the bottle.

The Final Word

If I could only buy one of these again it would be a close call but I think it would be the REN Ready Steady Glow. I think of all these products it was the one which had the most positive effects on blackheads or congested enlarged pores around my nose.

I have the Paula’s Choice BHA Liquid Exfoliant lined up to try next year…

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