Before investing in skincare products, it is essential to understand your skin, so that you can choose the most suitable skincare products. Continue reading as we unpack several basic skincare topics to guide you on your skincare journey.
What is your current skin type?
(Normal or Balanced / Oily / Combination / Dry)?
Knowing your skin type is a crucial first step. If you aren’t sure, that’s ok. Our articles and guides can assist you to decide which category your skin belongs to, based on how it looks and feels and whether you are experiencing any specific symptoms.
Have you been diagnosed with a particular skin condition?
The skin state that your skin is in refers to the temporary feeling or appearance of your skin. This can cover a variety of conditions, and your skin may be experiencing more than one at the same time.
You may be unaware that you have a specific skin condition, especially if this is something you have lived with for some time. Some skin conditions may even go unnoticed or undetected.
These conditions include any of the following: acne or congested skin, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, shingles, contact dermatitis, skin cancer, dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, an overactive immune system and so much more. Present skin conditions may affect which products, cosmetics, and ingredients you should use. Having the correct diagnosis can also help you to manage the condition, and even prevent it from becoming worse in the future, thereby causing more irritation.
If you think you are struggling with a particular skin condition but aren’t sure, we recommend you start by making an appointment with a dermatologist. Wherever possible, we are also happy to recommend dermatologists or aestheticians near you, to ensure that you receive the correct diagnosis ‑ and ultimately start the best course of treatment with a skincare routine suited to your skin’s specific needs.
What are the primary things you'd like to improve about your skin?
You may not have been diagnosed with a specific skin condition, but there are other things that can bother you about your skin. Concerns can range widely and refer to a variety of things, including lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), sensitivity or irritation, redness and so much more. Knowing what you are looking to address will help you narrow down the products you should be looking for.
Do you have sensitive skin or are you experiencing sensitivity or irritation?
Sensitivity or irritation can include itching, inflammation, redness, burning or stinging, and may be triggered by an allergic reaction. Sensitivity can also have a genetic component. Managing the level of sensitivity of your skin can be improved through the correct product selection as well as some lifestyle changes.
Do you have any allergies?
Allergies to food, medications, environmental factors (like laundry detergent for example), and topical treatments can all impact the skin and may trigger sensitivity or irritation. If you do suffer from allergies, then it is vital to check the ingredient listing on cosmetic and skincare products and compare them to known lists of allergens to minimise a reaction.
Are you using any prescribed topical treatments or medications?
The use of topical and oral treatments prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor can significantly influence which other products can or should be used on the skin. Prescription creams are often more concentrated than their over‑the‑counter equivalents, and this can cause skin irritation, especially if combined incorrectly with cosmetics, treatments, or other topical products.
Using the incorrect product or ingredient for your skin type and condition, or using a product incorrectly, can further aggravate conditions like acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Complications can also occur which may result in dermatitis (inflamed skin), dehydrated skin, compromised lipid barrier, chemical burns and even infection. Some of these complications can result in permanent damage to the skin.
Why is GF2 essential in your skincare journey?
Our hypochlorous acid solution, as found in our Skin Series products, is highly effective in treating chronic inflammation associated with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis (a condition where the body's immune system attacks the skin). Not only that but GF2 is also effective against pathogens (germs that cause infection) whilst being microbiome friendly – a healthy microbiome helps to keep the skin healthy and pH-balanced! GF2 makes it possible to transform the appearance, health and function of your skin naturally at every phase of your skin journey.
Whether you are looking to Retain healthy and youthful skin; Rejuvenate skin showing signs of environmental damage and ageing; or Restore skin to optimum health when persistent skin conditions are a daily reality, our GF2 formulation is your reliable skincare partner every step of the way.