May 25, 2017

Pixi Peel & Polish A Game Changing Way to Exfoliate

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Pixi Peel & Polish ($24) is a new hybrid chemical slash physical facial exfoliating scrub that contains 6% lactic acid. I admit I had some reservations about Peel & Polish because I have dry skin and anyone who has dries skin knows that exfoliating can be a double-edged sword. Of course, as a dry skin girl I want to deflake and scrub away dead skin cells but I also hate doing it because it tends to strip my skin and leaves it feeling tight and two sizes too small. There’s so much irony in the exfoliating process for a drier skin girl or guy.

Recently, I tried out Vichy Double Glow Peeling Mask which was supposed to act as a both a physical and a chemical exfoliating mask. The idea was to smear it on your face and wait for the enzymes to eat away at dead skin cells. After a few minutes you can head to the sink, add a little water, and gently scrub to polish up skin. A pretty brilliant concept but sadly, it didn’t quite have enough scrubbing power.

Pixi Peel & Polish waltz into my life with the same idea and I had some doubts it would actually work. It contains a host of natural fruit enyzymes that act to loose up dead skin cells as well as lactic acid. The process is the same as Vichy’s formula, smear it on, wait a few minutes, head over to the sink, scrub, and rinse.

Does it work?

It’s actually game changing for me.

I’ve used many, many different exfoliating scrubs in my life and most are terribly disappointing because they make me feel crazy dry and tight. Pixi Peel & Polish not only didn’t strip my skin but it literally gave me the smoothest skin of my life. I do not want to be without this stuff, ever, never. Pixi houses this one up in a pale peach tube that’s 2.71 oz in size and $24 dollars.

To use it just apply a quarter size amount all over your face and sit around for five minutes. Apparently, that five minute period gives the enzymes time to activate. ENZYME MODE ACTIVATED! I experienced a mild tingle but nothing dramatic however, if you have sensitive skin you might want to do a patch test prior to smearing it all over your face. After my five minutes was up I headed on over to the sink, add a little water, and gently scrubbed. I believe you can actually gently scrub while applying it as well should you like. It’s a grainier scrub so I did it with water as it helped loosen up the scrub and it felt a little gentler doing it this way. They apparently use sugar extracts that act to polish skin which is also on the ingredients but it actually felt grainier and and harsher than your typical sugar scrub. Keep in mind that if you’re prone to redness or sensitive skin that this might not work out for you as it does seem rather ideal for drier skin but might be a little too strong and harsh for sensitive types.

So, what happened after I applied, scrubbed, and rinsed? Well, first off the results are visible. My duller skin looked crazy bright and incredibly smooth! I mean if I looked in my magnifying mirror I could see how much smooth my skin looked. What else happened? My moisturizer melted into my skin. My skincare just applied incredibly well and absorbs so easily. I felt like I was applying a fluffy moisturizer to my skin after scrubbing with this as it felt so light and absorbed so easily into my skin. Not to mention my skin felt bouncy and plush to the touch. The next morning my skin was still looking brighter and my freaking foundation and blush applied so perfect and flawless. When you’re working on such a smooth surface your makeup ends up looking ridiculous incredibly. And one of the best things of all was the fact it didn’t strip my skin or leaving me tight and dry after using it.

Needless to say the results were incredible. It’s possibly the best scrub I’ve ever used in my life. I did have one issue with it though….

It has a really strong perfume-y cucumber fragrance that I absolutely hated. Yuck! But I’m willing to cope with it for these results.

Pixi Peel & Polish is a game changing way to exfoliate your face. If you have drier skin this one isn’t to be missed. Sensitive users beware though as it can be a pretty potent scrub! As for me, I’m buying a case of this stuff ASAP. I’m all about the smoother, brighter, and softer skin it gave me.

Pixi Peel & Polish is available at,, and

Muse Approved.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Lactic Acid, Polylactic Acid, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Ceteareth-20, Beraclay Light Red, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglceryl-3 Cocoate, Butylene Glycol, Maltooligosyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Polyglceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Pentylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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  • Mrsshinyside

    Have you tried the Palmer’s enzyme clay face mask? It has bentonite clay and cocoa butter and is white. I really enjoy it!

  • Suzy

    Have you tried Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask? Kind of seams like this one from pixie, but smells like pumpkin pie.

  • Jeanine

    Hey Muse! 😉 I just picked this one up too and enjoyed it. With dry skin, I also had my doubts. Pixi skincare seems to be a big hit or miss with me, more hits. I can’t seem to use the tonic which breaks my little heart because it breaks me out. what is your hg toner? I’m guessing a Korean one.

  • Silvia

    Tempted to try this one although afraid of my skin reacting sensitive to it. On the drier side also combination. Although I like Picue makeup colors and presentation in that clean green box I find their eyeshadow lack pigment I own three of them. Even being pale myself find them lacking punch of color as Almay. I actually wonder how Almay us still around? Lol! Thinking to begin trying their skin care instead. Sounds great!

  • Yen

    I’ve been using a mini version of Kate Somerville exfolikate since December. I absolutely love the stuff. But hearing you say this is a game changer is tempting me to visit Target asap. Hopefully my store is carrying it.

    • Isabella Muse

      I really like Kate’s Exfolikate too! Let me know if you try this, be curious to hear if you like it!

  • Linda

    Wow. I’m scared of the harshness of the scrub – but with a review like that, I’m gonna have to try it. Thanks, Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      just be careful this one is pretty potent 🙂 You’re so welcome!

  • Lo

    This is actually one of my favorite favorite Pixi products along with their Glow mud cleanser and Glow tonic
    I recently had a baby and my hormones were making my skin FREAK! Breakouts, dullness and dehydration, ugh! Enter this. Sometimes I mix a little of the mud cleanser with it and let it sit and man, it’s amazing the transformation I’ve seen. After cleansing I use the Glow tonic or my new favorite, Mizon’s AHA BHA toner, Neutrogena hydro boost serum and Aveeno Clear complexion moisturizer(for day) or Neutrogena hydro boost water gel for night. It’s so funny because I’m the same as you: I never want to be without it, ever! So I tend to hoard any products that are HG for me. Great review, as always! Any time something new comes out and intrigues me I’m always like let’s see if Muse has reviewed this

    • Isabella Muse

      hey Lo! Congrats new mama ;-D I never mixed it with a mud cleanser, cool idea gotta try that 😀 I have two tubes sitting in my stash at the moment, obviously can relate hehe ;-D Aw thanks flattered to her that <3! Glad this is helping your skin!

      • Lo

        Haha, thank you! Yeah, I like to create my own concoctions sometimes, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for everyone, you just have to know what works for you! For some reason a combo of Glycolic and Lactic OR Glycolic and salicylic acids really do the job for me! The things I have to be careful with are mainly moisturizers, they can’t have Shea Butter in them or anything heavy or my skin will be like no thanks *breaks out* lol
        So I’m glad I’ve found a routine that’s really working for me, switching back and forth between the Neutrogena water gel (or cream), Garnier moisture bomb and Mario Badescu or Alba botanica Aloe. The new Hydro boost serum is amazing! It goes underneath my moisturizer day and night. I saw you like the Etude house wonder pore toner? I had been going back and forth on trying it but I might have to give it go cause I was worried about it being too drying (and I have combination/oily skin) Always enjoy your reviews, girl! xo

  • Marj

    Hi There! Im currently using the Pixi Glow Line… I want to try this Peel & Polish but im hesitating as im already using Glycolic acid during the night. Do you think its still okay for my skin to use Peel & Polish perhaps during the day & wont do too much exfoliating? Thanks! 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      No no no! I wouldn’t. You’ll want to stop your GA before using this and not use in the same day. This is a pretty harsh scrub and you don’t want to overdo things 😀

  • Nimra

    Hey! I have sensitive/dry skin and use pixi glow tonic sparingly but I would love to try out this product. Is it still safe to do so?
    Thank you!

    • Isabella Muse

      this is a pretty grainy scrub and might be a bit too much for you if you have sensitive skin!