*contains gifted items. All opinions are 100% my own
We all know Pixi Beauty make affordable skincare that actually works. You only have to read my posts on the Rose and Glow Tonic collections to see how good they are, with each item making regular appearances in my daily skincare regime.
Then just as I was starting to get to grips with all the different lotions and potions, a package turned up at my door containing the new Pixi Beauty Vitamin-C collection. As always the packaging was perfect, dressed up as a vitamin bottle filled with five power packed skintreats for my daily dose of skin brightening ingredients, I was very excited.
However, I couldn’t help but think, was another skincare collection really necessary? What does this collection have that the others don’t? Do you really need skincare centred around vitamin c and what are the actual benefits? Most importantly, is it any good and should you spend your hard-earned cash on it?
The Ins and Outs of Vitamin C
Pixi Beauty have a whole collection focused on this vitamin so what exactly is it and what do we need it for? Vitamin c is a powerful antioxidant that is one of the most abundant in human skin. It has several active forms with ascorbic acid being the most familiar and popular form in the beauty world.
Despite being incredibly important for the skin in terms of antioxidative, antiaging, and antipigmentary effects (basically all the antis!), we are unable to synthesise vitamin c ourselves. Therefore our diets and application of topical products are crucial in getting our daily dose. In fact due to the poor absorption of vitamin c through oral supplementation (although I highly recommend looking into Altrient C which contains sodium ascorbate to minimise digestive irritation) using skincare is one of the best ways to get that all important vitamin.
So great, that’s settled, time to slap on some cream yes? Well not just yet. Let’s talk about the fact that ascorbic acid penetrates the skin poorly. There’s no point using all these fancy cleansers and moisturisers if the all important ingredients just sit on top of your epidermis! The clever people at Pixi Beauty know this, which is why they’ve included ferulic acid in each item of the Vitamin-C collection. Ferulic acid stabilises and pushes down the pH of ascorbic acid increasing it’s ability to enter your skin.
Finally, it’s been scientifically proven that to get all the benefits of vitamin c, it needs to be at a concentration higher than 8%. Although Pixi Beauty don’t list the percentage of ascorbic acid, it appears as one of the top ten ingredients in nearly all the products in the collection, indicating a good concentration.
Now that we’ve discussed all the science what about the actual products!?
Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Juice Cleanser
This neat little bottle contains vitamin c loaded cleansing water. The handy pump dispenser makes this a great no-mess, no-fuss product as you just press a cotton pad on top to soak up the liquid. If you’re wearing makeup, I’d advise you take that off first with a proper cleansing balm (read why here) and go over afterwards with this Juice Cleanser to remove anything left behind. Having an initial cleanse with a thicker creamier product will also allow you to reap the full benefits of the cleansing water.
It feels beautifully fresh on the skin and acts as a great pick-me-up in the morning. The scent is gorgeously fruity and smells of zingy citrus, which I love but those who are sensitive of smells might what to steer clear of this collection. You don’t have to rinse afterwards as it doesn’t leave any stickiness or residue and preps your skin beautifully for the next step. Toner!
Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Tonic
Of course it wouldn’t be Pixi Beauty if they didn’t include one of their much loved tonics in the collection. I love ALL the Pixi Beauty tonics. There isn’t one I don’t like, although I always make a beeline back to the original Glow Tonic, that is until now.
I fell in love with this one the first time I used it. Similar in scent and consistency to the Juice Cleanser, you gently wipe over your skin. As well as vitamin c and ferulic acid, this tonic also contains fruit extracts to provide that all important exfoliation step we expect and love from a Pixi Beauty tonic. It’s also alcohol free so you won’t dry out your skin.
Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Serum
I LOVE THIS SERUM! I could just leave it there and tell you to just go and buy it but I guess I better ramble on a bit and tell you why.
First of all it smells incredible. Packed full of citrus oils, I sometimes open it just to take a sniff. The colour mimics this in that it looks exactly like freshly squeezed juice which 100% convinces me it’s going to work wonders. It has the highest amount of ascorbic acid out of any of the products in this collection, which is what you would expect from a serum since this is used to treat and feed the deeper layers of your skin.
The consistency is runny and although I always like the idea of a dropper, it can be messy and you need to apply the serum quick sharp. As the skincare goddess Caroline Hirons prefers if this was available in single dose capsules, I’d be in vitamin c heaven. It sinks in quickly and dries down without leaving any stickiness unlike it’s Glow counterpart that can be quite tacky if too much is applied.
Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Caviar Balm
Fabulous. Buy it. Buy fifty tubes of it. Take it on holiday, leave one at your mum’s, your nan’s, everyone you know as the Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Caviar Balm is a star product. Slightly thicker than a moisturiser this balm acts as a leave-on mask to deliver extra hydration as well as that all important vitamin c.
You can apply this like a moisturiser, leaving it to absorb quickly into your skin during your morning routine. I’d wait until the evening, apply a slightly thicker layer (almost like a mask) and leave it on overnight to wake up to a beautifully soft complexion. You can immediately feel the difference in your skin’s texture after using this and I think it would make a great rescue balm if you’re a regular traveller.
Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Lotion
I’m going to put it out there and say I’m not a fan of this Pixi Beauty Vitamin C Lotion. It’s not because it doesn’t feel moisturising. In fact it’s quite the opposite. It’s similar in texture to the Rose Ceramide cream which I adore. Not too thick but still beautifully creamy and a little more heavyweight than the gel formula of the pHenomenal Gel. This lotion glides onto the skin beautifully and absorbs quickly for that freshly hydrated feeling.
The only problem I have with it, is the scent. Although the Caviar Balm has a similar scent to this, it’s no where near as overpowering. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is but it’s almost a sour like fragrance that may be down to the lactic acid. Lactic acid is great at keeping skin moisturised which is why it comes as no surprise to see it listed here and there is more of it in the lotion than the balm which explains my dislike for the lotion. However, I’d recommend testing it out for yourself and see how you feel as it is a fabulous moisturiser.
Pixi beauty have done it again with a beautiful skincare collection focusing on the benefits of vitamin c. Whether you need this collection or not depends on what you want from your skincare, although I’d argue we all need a bit of vitamin c in our lives. I personally will be using this in the morning to wake me up and prep my skin for the day ahead, whilst veer more towards the Glow or Rose in the evening depending on if my skin needs extra exfoliation or soothing. All products are vegan and cruelty free, so if you love a citrus fragrance and want to introduce more vitamin c in your skincare, this is without a doubt the collection for you. I love it! B x