Pixi pHenomenal Gel ($24) is a new gel moisturizer that was created for use after cleansing to restore moisture, balance skin, and neutralize pH levels. Sounds interesting right? That’s because it actually is. It contains a host of very moisturizing ingredients that act to restore hydration to skin very quickly after cleansing or a rather harsh round of physical exfoliation.
But does it balance pH and restore them to their natural levels?
I’m no chemist and I’m not a huge skincare expert but it might be a little difficult to prove if Pixi pHenomenal Gel is actually restoring pH levels unless you have a pH level meter hanging around your house! That being said I can speak for the moisture it provides and how it improved my skin texture with daily use after cleansing for the past two months.
Pixi pHenomenal Gel arrives in a 1.7 oz squeeze tube and will set you back $24. It’s actually one of quite a few more skincare items that Pixi recently released for Spring 2019. They have gained quite a cult following with some of their skincare launches, like Glow Tonic, and have grown their line of Skintreats accordingly. I like a lot of their stuff but other stuff is a bit of a meh for me. Like Glow Tonic is amazing but the fragrance totally turns me off. This is a problem with a lot of their line! Too much fragrance! And not a good fragrance at that 🙁 Glow Tonic smells like old lady perfume to me! Yak!
Lucky enough pHenomenal Gel has no fragrance and it’s loaded with a slew of hydrating ingredients like water, glycerin, emoillent Sodium Acrylate and glycereth. It also contains Betaine which is known to balance out moisture loss. This may be in fact where it acts to restore and neutralize pH levels but again, I can’t really prove that without a pH meter.
I can say it does a great job restoring moisture loss after a cleansing. I’ve adapted a double-cleansing technique that rarely dries me out however, I’ve been known to switch up that routine or try new cleanser that do dry me out. I always depend heavily toners, essences, moisturizers, etc to restore loss of moisture after a particularly stripping cleanse.
This pretty much does a great job restoring moisture right away. After I cleanse and pat my face dry I immediately apply this and it nourishes, smooths, and restores moisture in a matter of seconds. It’s a gel formula that absorbs quite quickly into skin without being tacky nor sticky. They recommend a “coin size amount” but which coin!? I typically apply about a penny amount and that’s plenty for my entire face. However, the packaging is a little fault with a larger opening that releases a lot more than a penny’s worth. You have to carefully squeeze to get the right amount without overdoing things. No matter though, as if you want to apply more go right ahead it’ll only provide even more moisture. It’s very rich and it feels like it enclosed skin in a hydrating cocoon.
I admit I was a little surprised. I expected some sort of lightweight gel moisturizer that would apply some hydration but not a ton. It actually does a great job providing intense hydration and is an ideal pick for drier skin types who feel stripped and tight after cleansing!
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Pixi pHenomenal Gel is a new pH neutralizing and balance moisturizer created to restore your skin’s natural moisture balance after cleansing. This is 1.70 oz in size and $24. The texture is a thick gel that absorbs easily into skin without being sticky or tacky. I can’t say if it actually neutralizes pH after cleansing but I can say it’s highly moisturizing and leaves skin very smooth and well hydrated! Especially if you’re tight or dry feeling after a cleanse. It contains no fragrance.
Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Glycereth-26, Betaine, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isododecane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Tocopherol, Isohexadecane, Trehalose, Panthenol, Polysorbate 80, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA.
- Quickly restores moisture loss with lasting hydration.
- Highly moisturizing.
- Contains no fragrance.
- A little smaller for the price.
- Difficult to prove if it actually neutralizes pH without a meter being present.
Pixi pHenomenal Gel is a great pick for drier skin types that feel tight after cleansing! It provides intense moisture and restores hydration quickly to skin!