I love a bit of pixi, and I think in recent years their skincare releases have been really impressive. So it was only a matter of time before I had to try this exoliating treatment, since I have a bit of an obsession with acids and enzymes. Pixi Peel & Polish is a lactic acid, enzyme & scrub grain peel that you’re advised to use 2-3 times a week, so it’s not like an acid toner that you’d use daily. Since I use acids every day, I didn’t think it’d be a good idea for me to use this that often, so for me once a week is enough.
The formula contains a number of different plant extracts along with the high lactic acid content, as well as the exfoliating enzymes,sunflower oil and a bit of red clay which I assume gives it its peachy colour. The scrub grains are made of cellulose, which I like since it’s on the gentler side – I don’t make a habit of using scrubs as I find them a little too rough, but a little is okay. I’ll massage my face as gently as I can, or just apply the peel as a mask and rinse off without any rubbing.
The packaging says to leave on for two minutes, but I have very resilient skin that responds well to exfoliation so I use mine for 4-6 minutes. I don’t recommend doing this unless you’re a risk-taking maverick like me. The texture is a bit like a lotion, but very gritty, and applies easily. It smells kind of melon-y which I think is nice and refreshing, even if I don’t really care that much about what products smell like (I use lotion p50 frequently which notoriously smells like an onion vinaigrette.)
It’s very pleasant to use, it smells nice, the texture is nice, and it doesn’t sting or irritate my skin whatsoever. In fact, it makes my skin look and feel totally wonderful as soon as I wash it off – I’m usually very skeptical about “instant results” but with this I have to say it applies. It’s a real instant boost for a tired or dull complexion, which I am often plagued by. My skin also feels immediately smoother after use, so I totally adore this treatment! It’s a real winner in my book. Just don’t use it too frequently, no matter how tempting that may be…
Pros: Affordable, Very effective, Gentle, Easy to use
Cons: Scrub grains may be problematic.