REVIEW: My Favourite Acid Toners/Exfoliators

After being told by skincare goddess Caroline Hirons that I need to incorporate exfoliating toners into my skincare regime I did some researching and added a few new additions to my skincare kit. I wanted to share with you my current favourite toners and give a mini review of each!

Alpha H Liquid Gold
I’ve been using Alpha H’s holy grail Liquid Gold for a few years or so now and I adore it. I can really tell the difference in the look and feel of my skin after using it and I really look forward to using it. I use this once a week (if that), particularly before a big/important day or if my skin looks a little more dull than it should. It works to keep my skin plump, soft and I feel like my skin is less blemished and more glowing the day after use. Saying that, it really does dry my skin out if used too much which is why I use it sparingly.

Ren Clarifying Toner – 
Caroline recommended this toner to me as it’s gentle enough for every day use whilst still containing great ingredients to remove excess makeup, close pores and gently exfoliate. I sweep this on face with a cotton pad after removing my makeup every evening (unless I’m using Liquid Gold) and then apply acne treatments, oils and a night moisturiser (more details on these to follow)!

La Roche Posay Serozinc – 
I want to do a full review on this soon as I am head over heels in love with it!  It used to be notoriously hard to get hold of but it’s now stocked on Escentual (currently discounted – link here).  I spray this over my face every evening after cleansing, before moisturising and my skin has really cleared up.  Love!

Pixi Glow Tonic – 
This is my newest and so I’m still in the midst of testing it for review but so far, so good.  This has such a cult following so I’m expecting great results!  It’s gentle enough for daily use and all skin types so I think I’m going to get on well with it.

These are my favourite acid exfoliators at the moment – I think they’re all great products in their own way and I love how I can switch between them depending on intensity of product or time of day.

What are your favourite exfoliating toners? Have you tried these ones?




  1. July 14, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I am struggling with something like blocked pores in my forehead at the moment, they're all little horrible flesh coloured bumps under the skin and I feel like I have tried everything to try get rid of them, with no luck 🙁 The most recent was a salicylic peel, which helped the rest of my skin look amazing but my forehead still hasn't totally cleared up. Have heard lots of good things about exfoliating toners, especially liquid gold! I'll need to give it a go xx

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2016 / 8:08 am

      It might be worth cutting dairy out of your diet too. I used to have the same problem and once I stopped eating dairy products it cleared up and hasn't returned, touch wood! I also love using the Pixi Glow Tonic morning and night which I think has helped. xx

  2. July 14, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I have all of these apart from the REN one, maybe I should add it to my collection! I've been trying to use better quality skincare over the last year and have definitely noticed a difference!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  3. July 14, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    I haven't tried any of these, but you have made me want to try them all! I love the images in this post by the way 🙂 x

  4. July 14, 2015 / 5:56 pm

    I've been wanting to try Pixi Glow Tonic for ages, it sounds so good – Alpha H is on my list to try again, such a cult product!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  5. July 14, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Serozinc has been a lifesaver for my skin, I don't think I could be without it now!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

  6. July 14, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I really need to try all of these!

    Philippa – ByPhilippa

  7. July 14, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Lovely post! I have heard such amazing things about the Liquid Gold, for years now and need to just bite the bullet and try it! I have been loving the Mario Badescu Glycolic Toner, it is great for my dry yet congested skin 🙂
    Beautyosaurus Lex

  8. July 14, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    I've only tried Pixi Glow, but my skin seems to love it. That said, I've used it for 18 months and I'm not sure if I'm 'used' to it now as my skin is getting more like it used to be. Might be time to look into other options! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  9. July 14, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    I really need to order Pixi Glow Tonic already! I'm a big fan of the First Aid Beauty radiance pads and the Clarins exfoliating toner 🙂

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  10. July 14, 2015 / 11:05 pm

    That pixi glow tonic sounds right up my street! I prefer products that are nice and gentle on my skin whilst also doing the job they're intended for. I'm hoping to hear more lovely reviews about it in future haha!

    Georgina x | petite thoughts

  11. July 15, 2015 / 3:42 am

    Great picks indeed! I have tried REN and La Roche Posay Serozinc and it works wonderfully on my skin.

  12. July 15, 2015 / 3:48 am

    I have heard so many amazing things about the Pixi Glow Tonic! x

  13. July 15, 2015 / 7:54 am

    I really like the REN toner. It works really well for me. I have pink skin and it doesn't irritate it at all.

  14. July 15, 2015 / 9:17 am

    Liquid Gold sounds amazing, that is definitely going on my wishlist!

    Claire | | xx

  15. July 15, 2015 / 10:14 am

    The Pixi Glow Tonic is my favourite!!

  16. July 15, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Would love a review of the Pixi Glow Tonic once you have used it more, something I have questioned trying for so long!

  17. July 15, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    Just waiting for my Clarins exfoliating toner to run out and I will finally try the Pixi Glow Tonic. It sounds like a great product for what everyone says so looking forward to getting my hands on it! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  18. July 16, 2015 / 12:41 am

    I love the serozinc too!
    I'm currently using the first aid beauty exfoliating toner pads and they're also worth a go 🙂 really enjoying using them x

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL

  19. July 16, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    Great products! But really is the Serozinc an exfoliating toner? I thought it was a moisturizing one…by the way, I'm enjoying both Pixi and Alpha-H and I'd recommend also the pads from Cane+Austin when you're out of home, or the little cheaper version from First Aid Beauty. Both really easy to use! For the rest, I've tried two other lotions, from Clarins and Clinique, which are rich in acids too, but don't feel harsh on the skin.
    Have a nice eve

  20. July 16, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    Oh thanks for this, this post reminded me to stock up on Serozinc before I leave France!!!

  21. July 20, 2015 / 9:57 am

    i love Serozinc and the Pixi Glow Tonic – the REN is definitely next on my list as I'm loving their products at the moment 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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