What is ZO Skin Health's "Getting Skin Ready" or GSR?

Hannah Wilson

If you have been looking at ZO Skin Health products and the ZO principles, you may be wondering what Getting Skin Ready means? GSR: Getting Skin Ready is an essential ZO Principle for both daily maintenance and preparing the skin for therapeutic medical treatment. This technique ensures that the skin functions properly, tolerating daily exposure and activities and preventing skin conditions. Adopting GSR Getting Skin Ready will prevent and control acne, rosacea, shaving bumps, skin pigmentation issues, enlarges pores and rough and damaged skin texture.

Getting skin ready by ZO Skin Health three steps

The important features of this method are to cleanse, scrub and control dry or oily skin. It can eliminate skin sensitivity, restore hydration, enhance skin health and minimise complications. In this article, we will go into detail about what the at-home skincare routine involves and what products ZO offers to assist you in your routine.

If you'd like to speak to a Skin Expert for free, you can get advice with our video skincare consultations by tapping the button below. Otherwise, read on to find out more about GSR.


The three steps of GSR: Getting Skin Ready

ZO Skin Health skincare

ZO GSR (Getting Skin Ready) is the way to achieve healthy skin. Three easy steps made up of “Cleanse”, “Exfoliate” and “Tone/Oil Control” to ensure that your skin looks it’s best.

Step 1: Cleansing

Cleansing is the important first step for all regimes, as it will remove surface debris, daily impurities and makeup on the skin. We recommend this step twice a day, morning and night. Cleansing the skin will expose fresh, healthy skin cells as it increases cell turnover and will remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

If you tend to wear makeup during the day, it might be worth double cleansing in the evening. The same applies in the summer months if you find you are applying SPF throughout the day. This is to make sure all makeup residue and SPF is removed from your pores after each day.

Step 2: Scrub/Exfoliate

This is the second step to help with the removal of dead skin cells which will then help with further product penetration. Exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a week will boost your circulation to target fresh, new skin cells. This step will not only make your skin feel very smooth but your skin will look healthy and radiant too!

Step 3: Tone/Oil-Control

Toning is the final step in GSR. This step will control oil/sebum and enhance product penetration into the skin. This is the best step to help fight breakouts, ageing and keeping the skin looking healthy. Those of you already using this product will know that it leaves your skin feeling very fresh and zingy!

The ZO products that support GSR

Getting skin ready by ZO Skin Health

Here are some of our favourite ZO products that support the GSR Getting Skin Ready process. The products you need will depend on your skin type. If you're looking for recommendations for your skin type or concerns, why not book a free video skincare consultation with one of our Skin Experts?

Cleansers to be used AM/PM


ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser

The ZO Hydrating Cleanser is for normal to dry skin. The key ingredients are allantoin and panthenol which help to relieve dryness, irritation, soothe and calm any sensitive areas on the skin. It is a very refreshing cleanser to clean away debris, oil and makeup.

 ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser

ZO Exfoliating Cleanser is for oily skin or those who are prone to congestion and blackheads. The product features salicylic acid which is an amazing ingredient for decongesting blocked pores. It also contains encapsulated Vitamin E, which are the tiny jojoba beads which dissolve when you massage the product into your complexion. It is a great antioxidant product which will reduce inflammation if you are suffering from breakouts.

 ZO Gentle Cleanser

Finally, ZO Gentle Cleanser is suitable for all skin types. This product contains glycerin and a botanical blend of extracts to give the pores a deep clean, helping to dissolve any excess oil. It is a great product for men to use too when they shave as it is a fresh gel/foaming consistency.

Exfoliators as a daily treatment or 2-3 times a week


ZO’s Exfoliating Polish is for all skin types as a general maintenance product. The main ingredients are Tea tree, Vitamin C and magnesium crystals (anti-inflammatory benefits). An amazing product for increasing cell turnover, brightening the complexion and it will instantly smooth the skin.

 ZO Dual Action Scrub

The ZO Dual Action Scrub is for oily/acne-prone skin. It contains salicylic and lactic acid which are great ingredients for destroying acne-causing bacteria, removing excess oil, helps to tackle with large pores, blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts.

Tone/Oil-Control products used twice a day


ZO Calming Toner is a witch hazel based toner to help with soothing and calming dry, weak skin. It will remove impurities, balance the pH of the skin helping with the overall skin health.

 ZO Complexion Renewal Pads

The ZO Complexion Renewal Pads are for all skin types. This product is a huge favourite with our clients! The core ingredients in this product is a botanical blend, salicylic and glycolic acid to exfoliate the pores which can get clogged from dead skin cells. They are moistened facial pads to minimise surface oil and dirt, leaving the skin feeling very clean and refreshed. A slight tingly sensation may occur when you initially use this product – this is completely normal.

 ZO Oil Control Pads

Finally, ZO Oil Control Pads are suitable for active acne, large pores and congestion. They contain 2% salicylic acid to provide a maximum strength acne prevention. This helps to treat and prevent breakouts by exfoliating the pores. It also contains a botanical extract with soothing and antioxidant properties, helping with irritation and redness that can come with having breakouts. Again, a slight tingling sensation can occur when you first use this product which is normal.

Find out more about ZO’s GSR Getting Skin Ready

 Michelle Skin Expert Face Dr with ZO Skin Health

Here at Face Dr, we are proud to be partnered with ZO Skin Health. The best thing about ZO is that you can have the correct products recommended to you by a professional skin expert. ZO’s products are not available to purchase on the internet. This is because it’s important that you receive the correct product prescription for your skin. If you would like to purchase any ZO products, book yourself in for a consultation.

If you would like to find out more about ZO’s product range, you can have a free skincare consultation with one of our Skin Experts from the comfort of your own home! We conduct all of our skincare consultations via a secure video link. You can then choose your products, and we will post them directly to your home free of charge across the UK.

There is no obligation to buy from us after your consultation, so you have nothing to lose!

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