A Beautiful Skin for a Life Time: Since ancient times, mankind has attempted to make cosmetics to improve the skin and to hide the visible effects of ageing. The bitter truth is that, for the most part, cosmetic creams remained simple old-fashioned moisturisers offering “Dreams of Youthful Skin” wrapped in progressively more modern and more expensive containers.
The introduction of vitamin A into the formulation of skin care products heralded a new era in the treatment of sun-damaged skin. Although some cosmetic houses were using very low doses of vitamin A in their skin care products in the 1980s, Dr Des Fernandes, a prominent Cape Town plastic surgeon, was the first person in the world to introduce vitamin A in high effective doses. This range established Environ® as a leader in skin care.
The Environ® skin care range was first formulated as a result of Dr Fernandes’ misfortune when he attempted to treat the melanoma of two young, charismatic patients, who both died before they were twenty-three years old. Such a horrifying experience leaves an indelible scar on one’s life as a doctor. For this reason, he started to study the mechanism of skin cancer and the skin - and thus Environ® was born.
The cosmetic manufacturing company, Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd., was founded by Dr Fernandes in 1990 and he soon expanded its number of products into a full skin care range. Environ® skin care products are manufactured under strictly controlled laboratory conditions at the Environ® factory in Cape Town, South Africa.
The company is owned by Dr Des Fernandes and his sister, Mrs Val Carstens. It now has an extensive distribution network throughout South Africa and exports to more than thirty countries worldwide.
Dr Fernandes has specialised in the field of plastic surgery in which he has gained the respect of his international peers. After a long career in the commercial world, Val Carstens joined her brother at Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd. as its CEO, bringing with her a wealth of business experience that she has used to engineer and build Environ® into the company it is today.
How Environ Products can help
Ageing is a chronic disease that needs daily treatment starting before the visible signs show, after all prevention is better than cure. As we get older, more intensive treatment is required. Daily treatment using the Environ® range will help reduce and delay the signs of photo-ageing.
Environ® skin care products have been formulated to combat and relieve the harmful effects of the harsh climatic changes of today’s environment specifically pollution and ever-increasing doses of radiation from the sun due to the thinning of the protective ozone layer. Added to these are the modern-day effects of social and work stresses and poor diet.
The Environ® products offer a definite regime to nourish, protect and maintain a healthy, youthful and beautiful skin. Each product is made from the highest quality ingredients. They are mostly free from fragrance, preservatives, colourants and animal extracts.
Environ's Nutrition range has been developed to complement traditional, external skincare routines by providing carefully balanced combinations of nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants specifically designed to address specific needs of the skin.
The range includes ENforce - an everyday antioxidant and vitamin food for the skin; ENdure - advanced anti-ageing and anti-oxidant food supplement for the skin; ENrich - colostrum and vitamin food supplement for the skin; ENcourage - food supplement for problem skin, and ENhance - a hair, skin and nail food supplement.
One should not underestimate the importance of daily protection from ultra violet rays and free radicals such as pollution.
Damage by free radicals has been linked to premature aging and wrinkling as they damage the collagen and elastin in our skin, causing it to become less resilient and more wrinkled.
All is not lost however because excess free radicals can be inhibited by compounds called Antioxidants. Antioxidants are a relatively new concept in protecting the skin from damage by UV rays. Antioxidants protect the skin by “mopping up” unstable free radicals released by ultra violet light and modifying their harmful effects.
The most luxurious Environ treatment available, which helps to nourish the skin with essential vitamins to delay the visible signs of ageing. It can be used togetherwith the Original Range to improve results or can be used by itself.
The C-Quence gels are a series of gels containing a brigade of powerful antioxidants - vitamins A, C and E, Lycopene, Green Tea and Rosemary extracts as well as Matrixyl and Dermaxyl. The strength of vitamin A and C increases through the range.
The C-Quence gels and crème d not contain a sunscreen and are available with or without a fragrance (except for C-Quence 4). Suitable for normal, oily, dry and combination skin.
The Interactive range of products can “interact”, or be used in conjunction with, any of the other Environ® product ranges. The function of the Interactive range is to prepare the skin for the application of the important active products, or to boost their effects.
The Advanced Vitamin Skin Therapy or AVST Range from Environ Skin Care evolved for use in skin at any age, or in any condition in contemporary environments.
The Environ AVST range adopts a sound scientific approach which recognises the normal physiology of skin as the gateway for encouraging normal skin cell behaviour. The combination of Vitamin A, powerful antioxidants and flavonoids may help to restore skin cells which would result in a more youthful complexion with a smoother texture and a radiant, healthy glow.
The creams are produced in varying strengths of vitamin A and C. All of the products contain antioxidants, flavonoids, penetrant enhancers and AVST 4 & 5 contain peptides to promote collagen and elastin formation.
Environ Ionzyme Focus Serums
Specifically formulated as a light, but highly concentrated moisturising serum to treat dry skin, fine lines and photodamaged skin.
How can you reduce those dreaded lines caused by repeated facial expressions? Today’s stress is enough to make anyone frown – but all this frowning can only result in premature frown lines on the forehead and around the eye area.
Introducing Environ Men: Today's modern lifestyle takes its toll on your skin, contributing to early visible signs of ageing. Environ®, Internationally renowned for their scientific developments in Advanced Vitamin Skin Therapy provides the solution with a high performance range of products formulated exclusively for men.
Environ Men Shower Gel is non oily and sticky and can be used all over the body, and as a face or hair wash. Environ Men Shaving Oil
is a light gel that gives superior comfort and protection with a smooth shave. Environ Men Daily Moisturiser
is a quick drying, non oily preparation, promoting and maintaining a healthy, younger looking skin
Collagen Channeling for Natural Collagen Induction Therapy
The principle of the Medical Roll-Cit™ is that the “micro-needles” only penetrate through the epidermis and does not remove it, so the epidermis is only cleft and will rapidly heal. This injury, minute as it might seem, does cause some localised damage and bleeding. Percutaneous induction of collagen results from the natural response to wounding the skin, even though the wound is miniscule.
By breaching the epidermis, the active ingredients in the skin care products can reach into the depths of the skin more effectively than by simply applying the products topically. The higher the levels of vitamin A and vitamin C that can penetrate into the lower layers of the epidermis, the more collagen can be made. Therefore allowing natural collagenesis to occur.
Indications for Medical needling include acne and other scarring, fine wrinkles, to help restore skin tightness in the early stages of ageing and to avoid laser especially in people with thin skin who cannot have laser resurfacing with safety.
Advantages of the Medical Roll-Cit is that the treatment is not painful and can be done on people who have had laser resurfacing, or those with very thin skin. The healing phase is short and within five days the patients can go out into public. Sun-sensitivity is a major and enduring problem in laser resurfacing, whereas after needling of the skin, the horny layer rapidly returns to its original thickness and the skin is not sun sensitive.
The B-Active (Beta-Active) range is specifically intended for problem skin. Each product contains Australian tea tree oil for its natural antibacterial properties and most contain salicylic acid for its mild exfoliant properties.
This range includes Sebutrol, Sebuwash, Sebutone, Sebugel-A, Sebumask and Sebuspot.