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How do Mignon toners differ from standard toners?

Standard toners are generally used to remove excess cleansing product and possibly as an astringent. Mignon toners are primarily exfoliators that assist in:

  • achieving clearer, smoother skin
  • combating ageing
  • improving moisturisation
  • balancing oil production
  • the cleansing process 
  • restoring the acid balance of your skin after cleansing AND they include antioxidants.
They are preferable to traditional or mechanical exfoliation, as these can be quite abrasive and are not recommended to people who have sensitive, fragile or acne-prone skin. Mignon toners target only dead or damaged cells, leaving healthy cells intact. They work by dissolving the substance between the cells that prevent the dead cells falling off naturally. A few drops of toner are applied to a dampened cotton pad and wiped across the face. This is a very gentle, but incredibly effective form of exfoliation. They are designed for different skin types and are formulated to allow a gradual increase in strength, so they are suitable for even the most sensitive skins.

What are AHAs?

There are three broad groups of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Citric Acid -  from citrus fruits and pineapple, Lactic Acid - found in milk and molasses and Glycolic Acid - found in sugar cane. Glycolic Acid is not used in our products as it is far too strong, and can cause chronic inflammation. There are also other fruit acids that are used, namely those derived from grapes (Tartaric Acid) and apples (Malic Acid).

Why are they different from other products that use AHAs/ fruit acids?

Other skin care products use AHAs and some have had bad press. Our use of AHAs is different from most products in two ways:

1stly DILUTION : the lotion form of the toner allows each individual to dilute the toner as required, to start with a highly diluted toner and to then increase the amount used over time to achieve all the benefits of the AHAs. AHAs in many other products can't be adjusted to suit skins being introduced for the first time, and many will react adversely. In addition some products therefore may make their formulations very weak, so as not to cause reactions, despite the fact that the skin would be able to tolerate and benefit very much from this over time.

2ndly TIME AGAINST THE SKIN : The diluted product is wiped over the skin, and not left in a cream or oil base on the skin, where it remains, and may also cause reactions.

How do the AHAs work and what are their benefits?

The way AHAs work is that they dissolve the substance between the cells that prevent dead surface cells falling off naturally. At the same time they are also exfoliating dry already damaged cells, which cause clogged pores, blemishes and infections. Not only is this removal important for problem skin, it is also important for ageing.

This is because as we get older the rate of skin cell turnover gets slower. A young person's skin cells renew completely approximately every 28-30 days. As we get older this slows down and can be as long as 60 days. As new cells grow collagen and elastin are stimulated, but because rate of cell renewal gets longer, stimulation occurs less often. (Collagen and elastin are the components of our skin that keep it plump and elastic). In addition the skin cells which are past their prime continue to remain of the surface of our skin and emphasizing wrinkles. The removal of these cells that are not perfect provide many benefits.


  • Exfoliate dead cells: leaving you with a cleaner clearer complexion
  • Stimulates the basal layer into producing new cellsIncreases the rate of turnover of cells
  • Actually reduce the signs of ageing, because old wrinkled skin cells are removed
  • Remove pigmentation or discolouration.

How can AHAs assist in reversing the effects of ageing?

As mentioned above, AHAs assist in reversing the effects of ageing in 2 ways:

1stly dead and dying skin cells are removed which emphasize wrinkles

2ndly Collagen and elastin are stimulated by increasing the cell turnover, which helps the structure of the skin

Why is it important to restore the pH balance of the skin?

The skin has a level of acidity of about pH 4 to 5.5. In addition to helping protect skin from "the elements" (such as wind or pollutants), this "acid mantle" as it is known inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. Loss of acidity causes the skin becomes more prone to damage and infection. Over washing or using cleansers that are too strong can result in the loss of the acid mantle.

Explain how the toners continue the cleansing process?

The AHA toners continue the cleansing process as they are able to deep cleanse the skin, including the portals of the pores, via natural herbal acids and essential oil solvents, which dissolve contaminated, oxidised and rancid sebum not reached by conventional cleansers. Botanical astringents, on constricting the pores, cause these dissolved spent wastes to come to the surface where they are removed with a second application.

How do the toners benefit dry skin?

As explained, the toners remove the dead and damaged cells of the skin. By improving skin texture in this way, it is able to absorb and retain moisture better, thus improving the effects of moisturisers. Some people with dry skins may also have problem skin, because the dead and damaged skin cells cause the pores to become clogged as the skin is producing oil to compensate for the dryness. See also AHA Toner: Dry Skin to see other benefits

How do the toners benefit problem skin?

Dry and damaged cells often cause clogged pores. By removing these it reduces the occurrence of blemishes and infections that stem from such problems. The ability of the toner to deep cleanse also assists with this. See also AHA Toner: Oily & Problem Skin to see other benefits.

How do I use the toner?

An important benefit of using AHAs in a lotion form is the ability to dilute the strength as required, starting with a highly diluted solution and to then increasing the amount used over time to achieve all the benefits of the AHAs. Please be cautious, these products are not intended to achieve overnight success.

After cleansing start by applying one drop to water dampened cotton wool, regulating dilution according to skin sensitivity. Wipe over skin starting with the fleshiest part of the face first: cheeks, chin and nose, moving to forehead last. Turn the cotton wool pad over and repeat the process. Should the skin tingle uncomfortably at any time - rinse off immediately with water and increase dilution on next application. Gradually increase the amount used so that after a 12 week period you are using the maximum amount of 3 drops. To be used morning and night after cleansing.

Caution: The removal of surface cellular debris may render the skin more vulnerable to UV light. An appropriate sunscreen should therefore be used in conjunction with this product.

How do I know if I am using too much toner (it is not diluted enough)?

The sting! If any stinging sensation occurs rinse the product off with lots of water and increase dilution next time you use it. It is important to follow these guidelines, as abuse of the product could harm your skin.

How close to the eyes can I go with the toner?

Avoid your eyes. If the skin resists the acidity too close to the eyes, you should find an uncomfortable itching occurring around the outside temple area. Rinse thoroughly with water should this occur.

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