Environ® is the brand name for a range of skin care products that have been specially developed to help reduce the signs of ageing.

Unlike off-the-counter cosmetic products which tend to sit on the surface of the skin, the Environ range work by penetrating through the deep layers of skin.  Formulated using pharmaceutical and medical science, Environ products are considered to be ‘cosmeceuticals’ (a term used to describe the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals) and should only be sold in a setting where assessment, consultation and treatment advice are given by trained professionals.

What is Environ?

The Environ product range was developed by Dr Des Fernandes – a South African consultant plastic surgeon with a particular interest in the mechanisms of the skin. Through his cosmetic practice, he realised that high levels of vitamin A in facial products had a hugely beneficial effect on the skin. Until this point, only very small doses of vitamin A had been used in cosmetic products.

Dr Fernandes launched his own cosmetic manufacturing company  - Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd - in 1990 and developed a full range of cosmetic products,  firmly establishing Environ as a leader in the field of skin care.

As well as high levels of vitamin A, Environ’s products incorporate many other ingredients such as antioxidants, beta carotene, vitamins C and E, colustrum and peptides – all scientifically proven to improve the health and appearance of the skin. 

Who would benefit from Environ?

Anybody with an interest in restoring or maintaining good skin health would benefit from the Environ skin care range*. The products come in a variety of formulations and strengths to meet the different needs of all people regardless of age, ethnicity or skin type.

The skin care range is particularly beneficial to those with pigmentation problems, scarred or sun-damaged skin. It is also worth noting that the products are mostly free from animal extracts, colourants, fragrances and preservatives.

*Environ may not be suitable for you if you are pregnant, have epilepsy, herpes simplex, multiple sclerosis or a current skin infection or sunburn. Mr Fenn will advise you during your consultation.

How does Environ work?

Environ’s key products are based around Vitamin A which normalises skin cells. Vitamin A helps smooth and soften skin and protects is from the effects of ultraviolet radiation and free radicals which we are exposed to in everyday life such as from artificial lights and computers. Vitamin A promotes the production of healthy collagen and elastin. It also increases the skins natural moisture levels, and as dehydration is the cause of fine lines and wrinkles, this helps refine the skin tone and texture for younger looking skin.  

As the products contain active ingredients, it is important to allow time for the skin to acclimatise to the products. A 1-5 step-up system is usually recommended whereby you start with a step 1 product which contains low levels of vitamin A and then gradually work up to step 5 products which contain high levels of the vitamin.

The products create a healthy, younger looking skin by:

  • Improving skin hydration
  • Protecting against harmful UV rays
  • Reducing pigmentation and brown spots
  • Protecting the skin from damaging free radicals
  • Improving the blood supply to the skin
  • Regulating sebum production
  • Improving the appearance of skin cells
  • Smoothing and softening the skin
  • Encouraging the production of collagen

Do I apply the products myself?

Yes, you will need to have a consultation with one of our iiaa trained Environ prescribers. They will assess your skin suitability and recommend the most appropriate products for you. You will then take the products home and apply as directed.

Are there any side effects?

During your consultation, Claire/Sarah will ask you about your medical history and will discuss the potential side effects. Many people have no side effects at all however sometimes if the level of vitamin A is slightly too high for your skin at that particular time, you may experience slight flaking, dryness or small itchy spots.  These side effects are not unusual and are nothing to be concerned about. Once the skin has acclimatised to the vitamin A, you will find that the side effects quickly settle down.

How much does the Environ skin care range cost?

To find out the cost of the Environ products, contact Mr Fenn’s secretary, Claire Bartle-Coates on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.bartle-coates@spirehealthcare.com or complete an online enquiry form.

How do I find out more about Environ?

For further information about Environ or to book a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn, call his secretary, Claire Bartle-Coates on 0113 218 5971, email Claire.bartle-coates@spirehealthcare.com or complete an online enquiry form.