Here at Thoclor Labs, we don’t like fussy or overcomplicated skincare routines. But one thing that we feel is very important is choosing the correct type of cleanser to use before applying your GF2 spray. Cleansers are great for ‘taking off the day’ – removing oil, dirt and make-up. But they also serve another all-important purpose: they help to level out the pH of your skin. When skin is on the slightly acidic side (pH of 5 to 6) it is happiest. This is also the optimum pH for a product like GF2 to work wonders.
GF2 has been expertly formulated to achieve 3 important R’s: restoring (problem skin), rejuvenating (ageing skin) and retaining (that beautiful complexion). When the scene is set with the right cleanser, that’s when skin can be transformed by our active ingredient, pure Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) – the body’s immune molecule. However, HOCl is a very fragile molecule, so if skin is too alkaline or isn’t clean then our HOCl loses its potency (residue from other products or organic matter like dirt and oil can destroy or react with Hypochlorous acid.
But can’t I just wash with water?
Unfortunately not. Environmental impurities (dust, pollution), make-up and cosmetic products are not water soluble, so washing the skin with water alone is not enough to remove them. You need a specially formulated cleanser that’s able to attract both oil and water. These cleansers are surface-active substances (called surfactants) that bind with other molecules on your skin to remove them.
So what exactly is an ideal cleansing product?
It might sound obvious but you want a cleanser that removes impurities but doesn’t damage or irritate the skin, or change the pH too much. You must pay special attention to the surfactants in your cleanser, because that has a direct influence on how much it will dry or irritate your skin. The best rule of thumb?
- Less is more: look for as few ingredients as possible.
- Stay away from the nasties: no sulphates, preservatives, alcohols or perfumes.
- No bar of soap (lipid = fat), as this is a big culprit for drying and irritating skin.
Let’s look at which cleanser is best for which type of skin.
- No-problem skin
No issues with your skin (besides maybe a bit of oiliness or dryness)? Lucky you. Then it’s all about aiming for an optimum pH to retain your great skin. Any type of cleanser is fine, as long as it has a pH of 5 to 5.5 – skin loves an acidic environment. Steer clear of products with a multitude of ingredients and remember to rinse your face properly so that no residue is left behind, affecting how well GF2 works.
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
Eczema is a complex condition that can be caused by lots of things, from your immune system and genes to environmental and pharmacologic factors. Soaps, detergents and disinfectants can also make matters worse. You’ll want to use a gentle cleanser with no sulphates, parabens, or perfumes. Don’t bring classic alkaline soap (pH above 7.0) anywhere near skin – this will increase suffering from atopic dermatitis.
Acne breakouts happen when the skin layer – called the stratum corneum – becomes thick and oil glands get blocked. The trick is to cleanse gently, removing surface dirt, sweat and oil, without irritating or drying the skin. The ideal cleanser for acne skin should be non-comedogenic, non-allergenic and non-irritating. A fragrance-free liquid cleanser with good rinse-ability is great, containing salicylic and glycolic acids to normalise the stratum corneum.
Rosacea, like acne and eczema, is an inflammatory skin disease that makes skin particularly sensitive to chemical irritants. Avoid classic soaps, cleansers containing alcohol, astringents, and abrasives. Gentle cleansing with therapeutic, low foaming skin cleansers – containing sulfacetamide 10% and sulphur 5% – is your best bet.
- Environmentally damaged skin
Excessive long-term exposure to sunlight, pollution and harmful cosmetic ingredients damages the skin, and is known to cause premature ageing and even skin cancer. As a result, fine lines and sunspots are formed. We recommend you use a liquid cleanser in the acid range close to that of the skin (pH 5 to 5.5). Combine this with GF2 to tackle inflammageing and rejuvenate your complexion.
- Sensitive skin
What is sensitive skin? When skin reacts to its environment, whether physical (UV radiation/wind/cold), mechanical (friction) or chemical (ingredients). The result is red and inflamed skin. Again, you should look for a very gentle liquid cleanser and be very careful of topical retinoids, which actually weaken the stratum corneum.
Clean skin + GF2 = now the magic happens
Well, we say magic but every spritz is the result of over a decade of research to perfect our unique, medical-grade HOCl solution. GF2 works best in an environment where the HOCl is not changed to something else – in other words, on clean skin with no residue. Problems usually happen when the pH is not optimum for the skin. When your skin’s acid mantle is good, GF2 will:
- Rejuvenate skin: GF2 normalises the skin and starts to reverse the ageing process.
- Control inflammation that leads to ageing (inflammageing) and skin diseases like acne, eczema and rosacea.
- Have an anti-neoplastic effect: reversing chromosomal abnormalities in skin like sun spots and early skin cancers.
Win with Layers Skin Clinic + Thoclor Labs
Want to find the perfect cleanser for your skin? Enter our giveaway and you could win a skin consultation with Layers Skin Clinic, a skin cleanser (suitable for your skin) and a bottle of GF2! Enter here.
Competition for South African residents only - consultation can be done remotely. Entries close Sat 31 October ‘20. Winner will be announced on Mon 2 November.