Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic versus Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on July 13, 2020

Overview

What they are

These products are both cruelty-free and reef safe They have a total of 2 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for brightening skin, oily skin, reducing pores and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Toner British Brand United Kingdom
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Exfoliator American Brand United States
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Toner

Toners are used as a β€œlast-step” cleanser, a pH balancer, add moisture to the skin, or may help in reducing impurities on the skin. They have a liquid consistency and are usually used after cleansers but before treatments.

Exfoliator

Exfoliators are used to exfoliate the skin, or remove dead skin cells from the skin. Exfoliators may be chemical or physical.

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation (2)
Skin Texture (2)
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
Irritating
Rosacea (3)
Eczema (2)

Notable Ingredients

BHA

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Large Pores
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
May Worsen Oily Skin
Irritating
Rosacea
Eczema
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Glycolic Acid β€’ Butylene Glycol β€’ Glycerin β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice β€’ Hamamelis Virginiana Water β€’ Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed Extract β€’ Hexylene Glycol β€’ Fructose β€’ Glucose β€’ Sucrose β€’ Urea β€’ Dextrin β€’ Alanine β€’ Glutamic Acid β€’ Aspartic Acid β€’ Hexyl Nicotinate β€’ Panax Ginseng Root Extract β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Biotin β€’ Panthenol β€’ Ppg-26-Buteth-26 β€’ Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Parfum β€’ Caramel β€’ Ci 14700

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Rosa Damascena Flower Water β€’ Propanediol β€’ Hexylene Glycol β€’ Salicylic Acid β€’ Polysorbate 80 β€’ Camellia Oleifera Leaf β€’ Sodium Hydroxide β€’ Tetrasodium EDTA

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Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic contains this as ingredient number 5.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant contains this as ingredient number 7.

2
What it does: Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Disliked

Hexylene Glycol is a surfactant. Glycols are a class of alcohols. Hexylene Glycol is a surfactant and emulsifier.

As a surfactant, Hexylene Glycol helps gather dirt and oil on your skin to be washed away.

As an emulsifier, Hexylene Glycol helps keep water and oil together. This prevents them from separating in a product. Hexylene Glycol also thins out the texture of a product by lessening viscosity.

Hexylene Glycol has a small molecular weight.

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Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic contains this as ingredient number 9.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant contains this as ingredient number 3.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

52% are loved or liked
17% have mixed ratings
21% are disliked or very disliked
10% have no rating yet
38% are loved or liked
13% have mixed ratings
38% are disliked or very disliked
13% have no rating yet

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Ratings

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Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic 29 ingredients

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Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 8 ingredients

4.3 /5
Helped With Acne

From my point of view this is a great product against acne. It helped me with my problem zone (chin and sometimes cheeks) and I finally could achieve a clearer skin. But I think its sometimes to harsh and leaves an oily film behind. And therefore I don't like the feeling and how it looks on the skin after applying. Therefore I only try to use it on the spot where my skin got worse and only in the eveneing so I can bear with the feeling and look.

from kusatsuri
This Is So Incredibly Disgusting

Ugh. This had the strangest smell I can't even began to place it. It almost smelt like moth balls? Or melted plastic? An old shed? Did NOT smell like green tea. I was expecting this to be a water-like toner, but it was so incredibly liquidy that it was hard to apply. The worst thing about this product is the absolutely, incredibly disgusting residue it leaves behind. It leaves a ridiculously oily feeling on your skin. Not enough people mention it in the reviews??? It looks and feels 100% like...

from emmagracesan24
Holy Grail Since My Late Teens

It has been my holy grail since 18. Now at 26, I have switched to retinol and Kiehl's Dark Spot Corrector (Vit C + BHA), hence will be discontinuing. Maaay still keep a small bottle to use when needed.

from MSP

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