There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to achieving healthy, beautiful skin naturally. Since ancient times, people have used cosmetics to improve their skins and to hide the effects of ageing. While offering the hopeful user the promise of being a “miracle in a jar”, until recently, most creams remained simple, old-fashioned moisturisers in progressively more modern and expensive packaging.

The introduction of vitamin A into skin care formulations was a groundbreaking moment, as it offered benefits to sun damaged skin. Prominent Cape Town Plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes was a pioneer in his field. In the 1980s, he was one of the first to use vitamin A in high doses for a genuine, measurable effect on the quality of the skin.

Dr Fernandes became interested in the mechanics of skin cancerand the skin following the untimely deaths of two of his young patients, due to melanoma. Through his research, he discovered the essential role of vitamin A in skin health and he became determined to create treatments that would maintain healthy skins, especially as the incidence of sun related skin disorders grows worldwide. Out of this the Environ range and company were born. Over the last twelve years the company has developed extensively, and become a cult favourite by those in the know. Environ is acclaimed by international beauty editors, skincare therapists and dermatologists.
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