One In, One Out: Acid Toner

I’ve started to implement a 1 in 1 out rule with makeup and skincare to try and save money and also make sure I’m actually using all the things I own.I recently finished my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic (mentioned here)  so I decided to see what else was on the market.

I’d had my eye on the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads and also the Nip and Fab Glycolic pads. Both are cotton pads pre-soaked in a glycolic/salysilic acid solution.

A note on acid toners An acid toner sounds very scary but all it is is a facial exfoliator. Instead of using a scrub which scrubs away the dead skin, it uses acids (all natural) and fruit enzymes to eat away at the dead skin. It reveals new skin and helps all your serums and creams go in a lot deeper. I find them suitable for sensitive skin and a much better form of exfoliation than a harsh face scrub. Use after cleansing and there’s no need to rinse.

Today I’ll be comparing my Pixi Glow tonic and my Nip and Fab pads*..

Pixi glow tonic  (£18)

Packaging This one comes in a bottle (250ml) and I have to say this has lasted me a LONG time. I use it every night and I’ve had it since around February! This one definitely works out  the best price per use. I really like the classic pixi packaging and looks really nice against my other skin care products. This one is suitable for daily use.

Ingredients The main exfoliating ingredient of this is glycolic acid, which is the same as the nip and fab pads. This one is 5%. It also contains aloe vera to soothe the skin, which is great for those with sensitivities.  Horse chestnut boosts blood flow, giving you that GLOOOOWW. 

Results With this, I didn’t realise how great it was till I stopped using it. My dry patches got so much worse when i stopped using this. It’s really gentle on the skin yet it does so much for me! If you have any issues with acne or dryness, try this! I tried this once on my cousin and the difference it made to her skin was amazing. 


Nip and Fab Gylcolic Extreme Pads*

Packaging These ones come in a pot with pre-soaked pads. You get 60 in a pot which works out cheaper per use. This is cheaper than the pixi glow tonic but I think you’ll get through it quicker. You can buy these in boots and are on offer quite often.  I really like convenience of the pads as I don’t need to carry cotton pads around me when I travel.

Ingredients These ones are alot more heavy duty than the glow tonic. These contain 4 different acids all for different things. Gylcolic helps exfoliate, salicylic helps breakouts, lactic eats away at dead skin and hyloronic helps hydrate. These are advised to use 3 times a week.

Results These give a lot more instant results. I felt the dry patches on my face instantly smoothed over and my face felt extremely clean. I feel I could only use these a few times a week so I’m going to alternate between the two toners. I really recommend trying these if you’re on a budget as you can use them more sparingly. They are great for any skin issues; acne, dryness and congestion. 


So, am I going to convert fully? MAYBE. I love my pixi glow tonic as I can use it every night and it’s very gentle but the nip and fab pads just give such a good result so I’ll use them a few times a week as a treat. Obviously having both is not necessary so I would suggest buying the Nip and Fab and using them 2-3 times a week.

You can buy the Nip and Fab pads on their website here for £14.95 or on superdrug here on offer for £7.45.





  1. 14th September 2016 / 11:21 am

    I really want to try some Pixi products, I always hear good things about the brand!

    • thebrightoner
      14th September 2016 / 11:24 am

      It’s amazing and the Pixi glow tonic lasts so long, it’s a good investment xx

  2. 17th September 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Nice! I’ve been wanting to try other Pixi products. I have some Pixi lipstick that I love. Maybe I’ll give this a try. 🙂

    • thebrightoner
      17th September 2016 / 5:35 pm

      Ah it’s so good! Also great value for money, you need the tiniest bit xx

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