Quick answers to put your mind at rest.
Q: What is strong skin?
A: If your skin is strong it will be smooth, supple, free of damage, dewy, clear, bright. If not it will look dry, dull, stressed, older. Just like your body needs a great diet. Just like your muscles need a good workout, your skin needs to be fit and healthy too. Our multi-tasking ingredients work to keep your skin in its best shape all day, everyday. A fit epidermis (outer layer) that can withstand the elements, preventing damage. A fully nourished inner core (dermis) that repairs and regenerates optimally.
Q: Why is GFYS suitable for all genders, skin types and ages?
A: Skin can be dry, oily, spotty, dull, sensitive (all on the same day!) whatever age. Getting skin ultra-dewy, clear, bright, soft, smooth, fit, balanced comes through strength. We don't always get all the fortification skin needs from our diet. And things like sunlight, smoking, pollution, stress, late nights, all deplete our vital stores. Instead of reducing or increasing the richness of our creams, we use boosters to amplify strength and balance. Our mix of 24 clinical actives and blend of 7 super-light pure oils infuse and cleverly work with your skin's rhythm (rather like a thermostat), keeping skin in peak condition.
Q: As a clean skincare company why do you use phenoxyethanol?
A: Take natural oils, pharmaceutical actives, botanicals and water and you have an incredibly hospitable breeding ground for bacteria and fungi (eeek!) that are dangerous to health. Effective, healthy skincare formulations need to be safe. No bacteria. Stable ingredients that do what they promise. Whacking bacteria on its head is essential. Phenoxyethanol is found naturally in green tea but the commercial ingredient, that's synthetically produced, is especially effective and safe in tiny concentrations. We pack our skincare with actives rather than packing out our formulas with many weaker preservatives. It’s the preservative used in intravenous hospital drips. And the Soil Association permits its use in organic products.
Q: Why do you recommend cleansing with a hot flannel?
A: A hot flannel is warming, comforting and relaxing (but that’s not all). Importantly steamy flannels enhance and accelerate the benefits of the regimen you follow. Ingredients like retinol and vitamin C absorb deeper into the skin for even better results. Pores open to allow better penetration of products and heat aids blood circulation. Locks in moisture too. WINNER
Q: Is GFYS good for acne and breakouts?
A: Yes with great success. Reboot can clear spots up overnight. B-hit reduces oiliness preventing congestion. C-hit reduces the p-acne bacteria and A-hit regulates overactive acne skin, helping to keep pores empty and skin balanced. All these key actives are also include in our Workout and Rest formulas in slightly lower doses so are great for maintaining healthy skin.
Acne is caused by a combination of oily skin (excess sebum), bacteria (p.acnes) and poor exfoliation of the inside of the pore. It's usually triggered by hormone changes. Calming skin, controlling excess oils, encouraging natural exfoliation is our aim. The acne cycle is about eight weeks so any intervention will take eight weeks to be effective. Preventing future acne with a consistent daily regime is recommended. Diet can affect acne. Dairy and sugar can make breakouts worse. Shampoo and conditioner can also cause breakouts (wash your face after you wash and condition your hair). NB: If you have severe acne, use the full workout and if you cannot control it with topical skincare, seek medical advice.
Q: Can you help my pigmentation?
A: Absolutely. Many regimes only address one or two intervention points. Unwanted pigmentation can be sun induced or due to injury in the form of post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. Or it can be a medical issue. It's important to know which kind yours is to be able to treat it effectively. A-Hit, B-Hit and C-Hit are tyrosinase inhibitors and melanin blockers, so they effectively help reduce pigmentation caused from the environment. They work to lighten, brighten and give skin a more toned even appearance.
Q: I have sensitive, reactive skin. Can I use GFYS?
A: Please do. We avoid detergents, too vigorous exfoliation and alcohol toners that can seriously deplete skins natural moisturising factors and lipids that keep skin resilient. When skin is weakened, irritants can get through, skin gets sluggish, dull, drier, red, reactive, tight. Gym For Your Skin rebuilds your skin from the outside. Start by introducing Warm-Up conditioning cleanser, B-Hit and Workout. Expect some slight stinging to begin as your skin strengthens up.
Q: My skin feels taut after using Workout?
A: GFYS feels different because it is different. Hydration and conditioning begins with the Warm Up. GFYD hydrates in so many ways - with a blend of seven super-light pure oils rich in omegas 3 6 and 9 and coconut water, ceramides, cholesterol and humectants (ingredients which draw moisture to your skin). Trust us, it infuses instead of sitting on the skin and giving the illusion of moisture.
Q: Why don’t you have an anti-ageing moisturiser?
A: We do. Just not in name. By keeping skin strong we prevent early ageing. While there is a genetic component to how well we age, lifestyle habits play a major role here. Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature skin ageing, due to its destructive effect on the outer skin barrier and essential skin proteins like collagen and elastin deep within. A-Hit and Rest contain Retinol which is the only ingredient capable of reversing sun-induced damage at a DNA level. While Zinc oxide, super antioxidants, vitamins, omega oils and hydrators are all included to protect your skin from the elements.
Q: How can I improve the appearance of my large pores?
A:Many of us spend a lot of time and money on products that claim to shrink pores. Pores are the openings of hair follicles that contain oil glands (also called sebaceous glands) that lie below the skin’s surface. Oil glands are more plentiful in the T-zone which is why most enlarged pore problems are concentrated around the nose, forehead and chin. The face has 400 to 800 pores per cm2 compared with 50 pores per cm2 on the arms and legs. Oily skin types are more likely to have enlarged pores.
Ways to treat large pores.
- Smooth skin and empty pores reflects light and helps conceal the pores. Be sure to use Reboot gentle AHA skin refining serum everyday.
- Thickening the walls of the pores goes a long way toward decreasing their visibility. Formulas that increase collagen production like A-Hit, B-Hit and C-Hit to your daily facial workout for an intense collagen boost.
- Another way to minimise the appearance of large pores is to reduce the size and output of oil glands. Retinol in Rest and A-Hit trigger the skin to produce less oil. Retinol also helps prevent the build-up of dead skin cells and oil inside the hair follicle that leads to dilation of the pores in the first place.
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