Skin Care Trials

Prompted by a recent trip to Germany, I switched up my skin care to test out some new products. I purchased the Pixi Glow Tonic Beaut...

Skin Care Trials

Prompted by a recent trip to Germany, I switched up my skin care to test out some new products.

I purchased the Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Elixir after passing their shop a few weeks ago while in London. I've heard only positive reviews of this toner and was curious to try it. This toner is oil and alcohol free; it contains witch hazel, aloe vera, and ginseng, and aims to loosen dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. This type of astringent toner can help reduce fine lines and diminish sun damage. I've never really found toners to be necessary for my skin type, but I suppose the purpose and effect of this type can only be found in long-term use. So while I haven't seen any dramatic difference in my complexion, the Pixi Glow Tonic is a nice step in my routine that helps soothe and exfoliate the skin. I wouldn't rush out to replace it once this bottle is finished but I am beginning to find a purpose for this type of toner in my skin care routine.

I haven't used face wipes in years but the need for a non-liquid cleanser that was compact, safe, and convenient to pack for travelling led to me purchasing these DHC Make Off Sheets. Although face wipes aren't something I would ever recommend using regularly, I do think travelling is one instance where their use is excusable. The DHC wipes are pretty good, one sheet will take off a full face of light make-up. The sheets themselves are thick and saturated, meaning both sides can be used with no waste and the container stops them from drying out. I worried my skin would feel dried out after use but it didn't, at all, and I have no concerns about using these on future trips where taking my usual skin care products isn't possible.

I also bought the First Aid Beauty Kit with a cleanser, moisturiser, and exfoliating pads. The brand doesn't use parabens, harsh chemicals, or colourants in their products (if you care about that type of thing.) The First Aid Cleanser has a soapy smell that's clean smelling and reminds me of old fashioned skin care brands. The product itself is gentle on the skin although unsuitable for removing eye make-up; I found the cleanser removed my make-up completely in a very short amount of time. The formula lathers up a little when you add water and when it's washed off, leaves your skin feeling properly cleansed although a little dry.

I found the First Aid Ultra Repair Cream to be hydrating, it feels soothing on the skin and helps a parched complexion. The formula is thick yet absorbs quickly; my skin always feels a little stressed during summer, so I like to make sure I use nourishing products and this "repair cream" works really well for me. As with any thick, hydrating skin care product, it's better used at night after cleansing and only when your skin is feeling especially dry or dehydrated.

Finally, I've been using the First Aid Exfoliating Pads. I've got to say, I feel the same way about these as I do about the Glow Tonic or any other exfoliating toner. For my skin type, the overall effect is very subtle and while I wouldn't rush out to repurchase these ones they've been used up, I would replace them with a similar exfoliation product.

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  1. I'm with you in that facial wipes aren't my usual day-to-day go-to, but when I travel they're my saving grace. I like the sound of the DHC Make Off Sheets, especially since they don't dry out the skin. My favourites are by Ole Hendriksen.


    I also must agree about toners. I never thought them necessary, but now that I've been using one, my skin seems to be somewhat better in general. You should try the toner by Grown Alchemist - I'm definitely a fan and look forward to seeing the long term results.


    Thanks for sharing! x

    Lion in the Wild // www.lioninthewild.com

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  2. I have had my eye on the Pixi Glow Tonic for so long! I love that it's alcohol free and it has so many rave reviews :)

    Shell x
    www.wellnesswallflower.com

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  3. I really like the moisturizer from FAB, but it broke me out. I use the clay cleanser from FAB and really love it. It is a good gentle fuss free brand I think.


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  4. Kathryn7/17/2015

    I want to try every single product you have featured. I've heard great things about First Aid and Pixi, both mentioned frequently by Caroline Hirons, the skincare goddess.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

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  5. The packaging for the DHC wipes is so cute!
    I've never really noticed much of a difference with exfoliating toners, either, though I was told it's still worth using them. Lovely post, by the way. It's always interesting to see other people's skincare routine products, even if this was more for travelling.

    Jessica Grimes | poppingpout.co.uk

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  6. I have heard great things about First Aid beauty. That Pixi Tonic looks like fun. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  7. I really like the FAB ultra repair cream! I always hoard samples when I can so I can take them with me while I'm traveling, haha. The facial cleanser is a little meh to me, mostly because I don't like the smell. I personally really like exfoliating toners - I have a few closed comedones on my cheeks and it's working to clear those up.

    becky | star violet

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  8. I want to try more from First Aid Beauty - I've only tried the oatmeal mask which I really like.


    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

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  9. First Aid Beauty looks like such an amazing brand! I wish it were more easily accessible here in Australia, because there are so many stand out products. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a great and helpful post ! Especially that I wanted to use the First Aid Beauty products

    Xoxo

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  11. Oh that sounds awesome - I might try that next.

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  12. I haven't ever tried them before and was unsure at how good they were.. but I really recommend them and will definitely be trying some more products out in the future.

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  13. It's SO GOOD, I really love it especially right now in summer. I agree about the cleanser smell, I'm not totally into it myself and it is a little drying - I don't think I would repurchase that.

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  14. It's so convenient too!


    I'm not totally sold on toners, I only really see their effect when I have spots (which isn't frequently) as they clear away dead skin cells and heal the spots.

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  15. I hope you try some and you like them!

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  16. Ugh, that sucks. My skin is usually alright with most products but I don't really switch them up that much (I always make sure I finished an entire product before buying another.)

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  17. It's nice enough but I don't really see any benefit from it so I'm torn as to whether I will be replacing it.

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  18. Face wipes get such a bad rep but they have their place and when travelling, they are SUPER useful so I will definitely be using these again.

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  19. I need to try that glow tonic! People seem to be obsessed with it! X

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  20. Definitely, I've never really noticed all that much difference when I use them. Though, that may be because I've only used one or two different ones, so it may be that I just haven't stumbled across the right one just yet. (:

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  21. I've also heard greta things about the Pixi toner I'd love to know how you get on with it after more of a trial.

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  22. Rinka Inka7/19/2015

    I really want to try the Tonic!

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  23. The First Aid Exfoliating Pads are essential for me! It took me about 30 days to notice the difference, it really helped with clarity. I have gone through 3 tubs of it and am thinking if I should try a new stronger exfoliating product. Unfortunately the cleanser didn't work for me, it made my skin drier than it usually is. Please write a review of the Pixi Glow Tonic after you have used it up! (:



    xx Jia, honeyandgazelle.wordpress.com

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