Pixi Glow Tonic VS REN Ready Steady Glow – Review Of AHA Toners On Acne Prone Skin

I love a good comparison post of skincare products and have written a few in the past which have proved some of my most visited posts. I hope that my experience with these products has helped a few people in some way!

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Let’s jump into a comparison of the two products followed by my reviews.

Pixi Glow TonicREN Ready Steady Glow Toner
(Available in multiple sizes –
I’ve listed the size I tried and where I bought it)
£10 for 100ml
(from Boots)
£6 for 50ml
(from SpaceNK)
Active Ingredient5% Glycolic acid (AHA)

No fragrance
Lactic acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA)

Contains fragrance
Product Claims (as per their websites)exfoliates, brightens and smooths skin. Alcohol free.brightens skin, replaces moisture, no irritation, dissolves in pore build up, pores appear tighter, smooths skin, expect a reduction in breakouts
Results (as per their websites)None mentioned on Pixi website96% said no skin irritation
92% said brighter skin

REN Ready Steady Glow Review

This was the first AHA toner I bought, apparently this AHA acid is the least likely to cause irritation and I agree it didn’t upset my skin at all. The product had a strong false chemically orange smell which I wasn’t crazy about but luckily my skin didn’t mind this. I used this 3-4 times a week in the mornings and found it gentle and did for once notice an improvement in my enlarged congested pores around my nose. I liked this product. I did notice a little extra texture on my usually clear forehead when I was using this but I’m fully aware AHAs can cause a bit of purging and this wasn’t drastic, never resulted in breakouts and wasn’t long lasting. I did find it stung incredibly mildly if I had dry healing spots but nothing uncomfortable at all.

Re-Buy Yes or No? Honestly, on the fence, I thought this was a great introduction to AHA for my skin. I wasn’t mad on the fragrance or price so this led me to trying the cult classic Pixi Glow. The more I use the Pixi Glow the more I prefer the effects of this product.

PIXI Glow Toner

I was excited to try this after seeing rave reviews from others with acne. I like that it’s alcohol free as some heavy alcohol products I’ve used in the past really dried out my skin. I found this slightly more intense AHA didn’t irritate my skin either at first which was a pleasant surprise. In between using these two products I used a non AHA toner and at first I thought this was making minor improvements on the congested darker enlarged pores I was aiming to target but half a bottle down my pores went back to looking like their old congested selves. I used this 3 times a week in the mornings. If I tried using it any more often my skin would get sensitised and this product then stung ever so slightly. It particularly stung if applied over any partially healed spots which I really wasn’t a fan on. The more time went by the less I liked this product as I felt the only thing it really did for me when make my skin more sensitive without about positive results. It just didn’t really do anything for me.

ReBuy Yes or No? No. I wouldn’t bother buying this again. At first I really liked it but began to loose enthusiasm for it very quickly. My congested pores looked much better when using the REN product. Halfway through the Pixi Glow I was bored of it, in the end I gave up using it on my face and used the rest on my legs where I experienced some texture from neglecting them during the winter.

If I could only buy one of these again it really is no contest. It has to be the REN Ready Steady Glow. Another factor for this decision is whilst it is a really effective product it is also a more environmentally friendly one as REN have much better eco credentials than many other beauty companies out there which I really like.

I’ve bought a mini of the Paula’s Choice BHA toner after hearing incredible reviews which I intend to try next to address my enlarged and congested pores around my nose and cheeks. I wondered if the reason the REN product worked so well for me was because of the BHA present in it.

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