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Thanks to technology advancements, a pinnacle has been reached in the Holy Grail to reduce the signs of ageing.  Environ – the skincare range developed by renowned pioneer and leading South African plastic surgeon, Dr Des Fernandes – offers a prescriptive facial which bridges the gap between beauty therapy and modern medical science. 

Environ’s Active Vitamin Facial treatment uses the latest technological discoveries to temporarily overcome the natural barrier posed by the skin, to rival results which previously were only achievable with invasive procedures or skin-thinning techniques like laser and chemical peels. 

Instead of stripping layers away, leaving it vulnerable, the Environ treatment boosts penetration of potent anti-ageing ingredients into the skin by up to 40 fold, for significant and lasting skincare improvements by promoting plump, healthy skin growth.

The treatment – suitable for even the most delicate of complexions, and especially beneficial to sun-damaged, lined, unevenly pigmented or scarred skin – works by a powerful combination of pulsed electrical current and low-frequency sound waves*, and high-dosage preparations of anti-ageing and re-hydrating vitamins A and C.  Our climate depletes these vitamins in our skins and is the major cause of premature aging and poor skin condition.

The vitamins are driven deep into the skin’s structure, resulting in improved cell renewal and increased production of fresh collagen and elastin, giving softened lines and scars – to a degree previously considered impossible even from surgery – and a firmer, finer-textured appearance to skin.  When targeted on specific areas such as eyes, neck or upper lip, results are even more dramatic.  Frown lines can be smoothed without invasive fillers or injections.

Using some of the world’s most advanced skincare and equipment technology, effects previously achieved from a dozen or more standard treatments now noticeable after just one or two sessions.  Clients can choose a one hour Environ Active Vitamin Treatment or a 1.5 hours Advanced Active Vitamin Treatment (prices vary regionally).  A course of 12 or more sessions will enhance the longevity of effects, especially when used in conjunction with home-use Environ products based on vitamin A and free-radical quenching antioxidant vitamins C, E and beta-carotene.  A once-monthly maintenance treatment following a course is recommended.

“We were already getting outstanding results by applying active vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene to the skin surface,” says Dr Fernandes.  “The challenge was to achieve the maximum potential benefit by ensuring these vital nutrients get through the skin’s horny outer layer. Our Ionzyme machine drives preparations incorporating the beneficial ingredients deep into the cell structure.  Developments like this mean that, in future, people who might have gone for a facelift are just not going to need it.”

Celebrity fans of the Environ facial treatment include in the US, Oscar winner Hilary Swank, Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy), and in the UK Sadie Frost.


* Notes    Low-frequency sound waves are already proven in the medical world as an effective method for delivery of large molecules of drugs such as insulin into the skin, minus the need for injection. 

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