ZO Skin Health’s Getting Skin Ready Routine
ZO Skin Health is the leading physician-dispensed skincare brand that everyone is talking about.
The brand was founded by dermatologist DR Zein Obagi, who remains very active with his medical team in developing his range of ground breaking products in California. He specialises in skin health rejuvenation, using a trusted system he developed in over 30 years ago. ZO products are exceptional in their science and formulations to target acne, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, age spots and redness and have become firm favourites amongst clients.
The ZO range is available only through carefully selected skin clinics, where the doctors are fully-trained in the products and protocols. The range is available post-consultation for this reason, as part of our three-step “Getting Skin Ready” system.
What is the 3 step Getting Skin Ready system?
The first steps in transforming your skin literally involve getting your skin ready, which we call GSR. These essential steps are cleansing, exfoliating and controlling dry or oilier skin in that order. This 3 step system alone helps to eliminate skin sensitivity, restore hydration and improve skin health. It is fundamental to any ZO routine.
It works on the principle that skin should be restored from within. Let’s first take a look at our skin’s processes. Our skin undergoes a constant repair and renew process, a continual cycle that starts from a baby cell in the deepest skin layers.
It rises to reach the skin’s surface, a process that takes 4-6 weeks on average. The optimal skin cycle takes up to six weeks. However, everyday factors, including hormones, our diet, the weather and the environment, slow the process down.
Even using mismatched products can affect the process – and as a result, our skin can lose its optimal skin renewal processes. This shows in its appearance.
The skin’s surface may look dull, suffer a loss of resilience, a build-up of dead skin cells and clogged pores. Surface debris from the environment and dead skin cells can have a highly detrimental effect on our skin.
To achieve optimum skin health and maintain its appearance, we need to remove all surface debris. This is where the ZO system comes in. It works on the principle of cleansing and exfoliating to remove dead cells, both from the overnight process and those that build up throughout the day.
The 3 step system is highly effective in hydrating the skin, minimising the appearance of pores, controlling oil on the surface and improving skin health.
Our customised ZO routines are loved by users, with the Getting Skin Ready system improving roughness in 73% of patients. In addition, 69% of patients say it improves oiliness, 62% find it improves dullness and 60% find it improves redness.
What are the 3 steps in the GSR system?
Step 1 Cleansing
There is a specific cleanser in the ZO range best suited to your skin type. This forms the first step of the GSR system.It is important to cleanse both morning and night. Cleansing will also expose the new healthy skin cells coming through whilst removing the dead cells and debris from the skin surface. Exfoliating gently removes dead cells on the skin’s surface and also stimulates a faster cell turnover. In the evening it is important to double cleanse to remove any make up residue or sunscreen residue.
Step 2 Exfoliate
The second step is exfoliating, a gentle and effective way of removing dead skin cells, allowing for better penetration for the next products in your ZO routine. This also stimulates your circulation, giving your skin a smooth, healthy glow.
Step 3 Control
The final step in the GSR system. Control, delivers key ingredients depending on your specific skin concerns, these ingredients combat dryness, control breakouts, balance skin and lift pigmentation. This is the key step to address specific skin conditions. It is most effective after your skin has been prepared with steps one and two – ZO cleanse and exfoliator – first.
Our doctors highly recommend using a customised 3 step ZO system suitable for your skin type to achieve optimum results:
The ZO products in the GSR System. Here are our doctors most recommended ZO products from the 3 step system.
Cleansers (used both morning and evening)
ZO Exfoliating Cleanser features a unique combination of jojoba beads, salicylic acid and niacinamide to unclog the pores and reduce inflammation, gently exfoliating the skin without irritating it. It is recommended for normal to oily skin, targeting surface oil to leave the skin feeling clean, but never stripped and dry.
ZO Gentle Cleanser is suitable for all skin type. It has anti-ageing properties, targeting dryness and redness. It is also suitable for skin prone to blemishes and acne. It is designed to remove impurities, leaving your skin feeling clean refreshed and hydrated.
ZO Hydrating Cleanser, formulated with panthenol and allantoin, is a dual-action cleanser. It is recommended for sensitive, normal, or mature skin. It cleanses and hydrates the skin and offers superb anti-ageing properties, minimising dryness and reducing irritation if you have sensitive skin. It leaves your skin feeling soothed and hydrated.
ZO Exfoliating Polish contains round magnesium crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells, helping to create a healthy, more even-toned complexion. It is recommended for skins prone to acne, blemishes, redness, pigmentation and rosacea. It is ideal for combating enlarged pores, dryness, clogged pores, loss of firmness, or fine lines and wrinkles. It is recommended for normal, oily, mature or combination skins.
ZO Dual Action Scrub helps to remove the dead skin cells and excess surface oil that can clog pores. It is recommended for oily skin, blemishes, acne, clogged pores, enlarged pores and pigmentation. it lifts oil, dirt and impurities, with its alpha and beta hydroxy acid system chemically working to remove not only dead skin cells, but also blackheads and whiteheads.
ZO Complexion Renewal Pads
These moistened pads help minimise oil, while exfoliating pore-clogging dirt and dead skin cells. They contain salicylic acid (2%) to reduce sebum production, preventing further clogging. The botanical extracts provide an anti-inflammatory treatment to soothe and calm skin. They are recommended for oiliness, pigmentation, acne, blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, redness and rosacea.
ZO Oil Control Pads remove oil, normalising pore size while helping to smooth the skin’s surface and reduce irritation. This is a maximum-strength acne treatment that clears acne and prevents new breakouts. The fruit extracts minimise pore size and control oil, while glycolic and mandelic acids smooth and exfoliate the skin. They are recommended for skin types prone to oiliness, blemishes, acne, enlarged pores, clogged pores and pigmentation.
ZO Calming Toner is a pH balanced and calming toner that removes impurities, invigorating weak and sensitive skin. It maximises the penetration of therapeutic treatments by stabilising the pH balance of the skin. It also works as an exfoliant for irritated, dry and sensitive skin. It is recommended for skin prone to dehydration, dryness, redness and sensitivity.
The key to having healthy skin is to find a routine unique to your own personal skin type. Our doctors provide a full skin analysis and expert advice on the products and regimes ideally suited to you. All our doctors have extensive training in the ZO systems and protocols, with many years’ experience in treating a diverse range of skin conditions.
If you would like to find out more, or start using the ZO routine, take our skin type quiz and schedule your skin consultation with one of our expert doctors.
How it works
Take our 3 minute quiz
Start with a skin quiz compiled by our doctors
This assesses many factors to allow us to customise your skincare for a £10 skin analysis fee
Receive your Customised Skin Programme
Our skin experts will determine the best products for YOU according to your profile
Choose your products
Pay only for the products you’d like to keep
Redeem the £10 against anything you purchase
Delivery to Your Door
We will customise your programme each time adjusting to changes in the seasons and lifestyle factors so your skincare is customised for you