Last Friday I travelled down to London for a meeting and to attend Summer in the City. (I have a vlog of that coming up so make sure to subscribe to my vlog and fashion channel HerStyleFile). Whilst in London I had a list of stores I wanted to visit and items I needed to buy, amongst them was Pixi skincare. Pixi was created by Petra Strand a makeup artist and product developer who opened a flagship store in London’s soho in Carnaby Street.
I went into the store initially to get hold of the glow tonic and liquid eyeliner,however whilst in there the lovely assistant told me about an offer they have on at the moment which may or may not be of interest to you guys but it was worth me checking out. You can get the Glow tonic which retails at £16 and one of the cleaners for a total of £20.
After looking at the ingredients of the two cleansers I picked up the sparkling face wash even though I have to admit I really dislike facial washes. I would say the gritty exfoliators are my number one no no then facial washes. They dry skin out terribly, if your skin feels tight or slightly itchy after cleansing you know it’s too drying.Saying all this you do need to check what’s in the products and this Pixi facial wash on paper didn’t seem hideously bad so I thought I’d see if it’s worth the money.
I’ve used it once so far and I had a very very slight tight feeling after using it and left it around 15 minutes before putting moisturiser on so I could feel if the tightening got worse or if it created that dreadful itchy sensation or squeaky skin – not a could sign!!! It didn’t however which was good but I would recommend a good moisturiser after cleansing anyway.
This isn’t a review mind as I haven’t used it long enough, this is mostly to tell you about the offer and if you are interested in the cleanser here’s a break down of what’s inside. Let me know in the comments section if these product breakdowns are useful for you.
Aloe Vera Gel– This is a fantastic ingredient to a product list. It has has so many advantages. Firstly it is hydrating so great for dry and dehydrated skin, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation common with acne and also has the ability to kill bacteria important to prevent the growth of spots. It also has soothing and healing properties also great for acne sufferers as it aids skin in healing.
Decyl Polyglucose – Mild non-ionic surfactant composed of sugar derived from corn starch and fatty alcohols used in body washes, shampoos etc
Propylene Glycol – This is one that causes concern as it is petroleoum based and used in anti-freeze but after reading reports it replaced the ethylene glycol that was in anti-freeze as it is a safer to use. Although these sound negative they are no-toxic and completely non-carcinogenic. It is used in many everyday products like hand sanitizers, deodorants, fragrances and like above is used as an emulsifier. It has anti-fungal properties and is an excellent humectant (draws moisture from the air)
Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A surfactant derived from Coconut oil used to help create that foaming effect.
Polyquaternium-10 – Not sure why this is used or the benefits for skin as it is mostly used in haircare to create a coating on the hair strands
Coltsfoot Extract – A plant extract with soothing properties, not advisable to ingest as it is harmful to the liver.
Hops Extract – Fruit from a hop plant used for its anti-inflammatory action
Rosemary Leaves Extract – A natural extract with anti-septic and anti-irritant properties, it contains lots of nutrients and is used in many skin and hair care products.
Save Leave Extract – I can’t find this ingredient, only olive leaf extract?
Pixi Natural Fragrance Oil
Methyl Paraben – Parabens have caused huge controversy surrounding their safety in usage.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are preservatives used in foods and cosmetics, methylparaben is naturally found in fruits but some studies have found this could actually be carcinogenic and also when applied to the skin can react with UVB causing increased ageing of the skin. It is found to not cause any problems to the skin and may only cause allergic reaction when ingested – possibly blueberries?
Propyl Paraben – Again another preservative for food and cosmetics, this is found naturally in plants but is created as a synthetic agent in our skincare.