Medik8 Press & Glow

Daily Exfoliation PHA Tonic With Enzyme Activator


Exfoliate and hydrate the skin when incorporating the Medik8 Press & Glow into your skincare routine. Toner products are used after cleansing and depending on their ingredients they can achieve multiple benefits while also prepping the skin before applications of serums and moisturisers. The press and glow not only features a 5.5% PHA poly hydroxy acid but also contains hydrating and soothing ingredients making it ideal for even the sensitive of skin's, while also being able to work in conjunction with vitamin A and C products. Disclaimer: The links used are not affiliated and are placed for you to discover the product.

Poly Hydroxy Acid Gluconolactone:

I love using an exfoliating toner and do have my favourites, but sometimes i have felt a slight sting while also remembering to be careful in which products to apply afterwards. The poly hydroxy acid (PHA) featured in the press & glow is Gluconolactone that not only is hydrating and helps to repair the skins barrier function but also gently lifts off dead skin cells to resurface. The other benefits are it doesn't leave the skin sun sensitive (Always Use An SPF Anyway) because it acts as an antioxidant and is suitable for sensitive, rosacea prone, and can even be applied after any cosmetic procedure. 

Aqua (Water) - Solvent for ingredients to mix.

Gluconolactone - Poly Hydroxy Acid 5.5% (PHA) that exfoliates, hydrates, repairs barrier function, and has antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits.

Glycerin - Humectant and moisturiser that supports the skin's lipids, protects against irritation and helps to restore the barrier function of the skin. 

Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract - Prickly pear extract is a natural enzyme activator that speeds up natural shedding of the skin while also boosting cell renewal for improvement in clarity, fine lines/wrinkles, and achieving a natural glow.  

Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract - Acai extract protects the skin from free radicals that can damage while also having anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice - Moisturiser and soothing humectant that helps skin regeneration and wound healing with anti-inflammatory benefits.

Sodium Hydroxide - Used to adjust the pH of a formula which is important in exfoliants.

Sodium Citrate - Used to adjust the pH of a formula while also helping to keep the product nicer for longer by counteracting metal ions that occur when typically water is used in the ingredients.

Hydroxyacetophenone - Antioxidant that also acts as a preservative booster and soothing agent.

Phenoxyethanol - Preservative.

Ethylhexylglycerin - Preservative that boosts effectiveness of Phenoxyethanol while also having emollient benefits.

Potassium Sorbate - Preservative that keeps your product nicer for longer. 

Sodium Benzoate - Preservative that is used with Potassium Sorbate to make the product stay nicer for longer. 

Improve Texture, Tone, and Hydration:

Presented in a 200ml bottle while a refill option is available to purchase, you press down on the pump 3-4 times to dispense the perfect amount onto a cotton pad or reusable face pad. The non-sticky but hydrating formula instantly refreshes when swiping over a cleansed skin but more importantly i felt no stinging or tingling! It leaves the skin feeling perfectly smooth when the formula has absorbed and creates a more optimised skin surface that is better at absorbing your active products such as your vitamin A and C serums without sensitising the skin. The fragrance free, essential oil free, and alcohol-free tonic is ideal for those wanting to incorporate an exfoliating toner in your skincare routine to improve texture, tone, and boost hydration! The Medik8 product is priced at £25.00 and available here: PRESS & GLOW™ x Neil.