I always receive wonderful compliments on my skin, it is something I take care of religiously and one of my habits that I am willing to spend a bit more money on. I know being an ex-fashion designer, people would assume that I would rather splurge on clothes and shoes – but that is not the case at all! Make-up, hair and good skin care is where my weakness lies… The women in my family suffer terribly from various skin care issues, I suppose that is why I have waged a war against my skin from a very young age. I saw how it knocked their confidence and how terribly unhappy it made them, and I knew I did not want to go that route.
I had really bad skin going through puberty, so bad that my mother took me to a dermatologist to sort it out. One of the first proper skincare brands I ever used was Environ. However, the products recommended to me +/-15-years ago did not work and I never gave them a second thought. As I got older and my hormones leveled out, my skin started clearing up. I eat healthy, drink loads of water and I am very particular with the products I use on my skin.
When Ruby Box contacted me and asked me to partake in the #FocusOnFlawless Environ campaign by trailing out the new products, I was intrigued by the brand’s promises of flawless and more radiant looking skin. Recently I started noticing signs of aging in my skin, especially after my birthday recently. The Environ product ingredients intrigued me and Retinol is something I have been curious about for quite some time. The issues I have with my skin are a result of never getting enough sleep, living in an extremely hot environment for the first 18-years of my life and the fact that I used to smoke… a lot.
My Skincare Concerns:
• Enlarged and clogged up pores
• Redness underneath my nose and on my cheeks
• Fine lines and wrinkles starting to show around my eyes, upper cheeks and dimples
• Inconsistent skin tone
Before & After Pics
The before and after photos were taken exactly a month apart. I am going to be honest with you, I sat down today ready to tell you that I was underwhelmed and dissapointed by the Environ range. That I did not see the results I longed for, and did not agree with the other bloggers taking part in the campaign. Looking at these before and after photo’s I cannot deny that these products do indeed work. Keep in mind, I am more exhausted now than when the “before” the photos were taken, spending a few nights in the hospital with my son and having a sinus infection myself has not been ideal.
The results are subtle, but they are there. The fine lines around my eyes are not gone, but their appearance has reduced significantly. The redness in my cheeks and under my nose is leveling out into a more consistent colour. My skin feels smoother and firmer… and looks pretty great considering the terrible diet and extreme exhaustion that has taken over my life these past two weeks.
These Environ Focus Care products were to be trialed for a month and incorporated into my current skincare routine, this is exactly how I used them:
The first step in my daily skin care routine is washing my face with my pH balanced Beauscience Botanicals Cleansing Gel (I am addicted to the scent)
After drying my face thoroughly, I would apply a small amount (about the size of 20c coin) of the Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex+ Avance Elixir, followed by my Skin PhD Cellceutic Daycream before applying my make-up for the day (if any).
I usually remove my makeup using the Garnier Skin Naturals Oil-Infused Micellar water
I wash my face using my gel wash mentioned above and every third night I exfoliate using lemon juice and baking soda.
After drying my face, I apply the Environ Avance Elixir again followed by an Environ Focus Care Moisture+ Hydrating Oil Capsule
Lastly, I lock it in with one of my holy grail products – the Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon gel-cream
Twice a week I’d apply the Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri BioBotanical Revival Masque for 15 minutes before I start my bedtime skincare routine.
Why am I mentioning other brands and competitors of Environ in this review? For the sake of transparency. The other products mentioned I have been using for almost a year, I swear by them and I know they work well. It is important for you to understand how I achieved these results, to know the combination of ingredients I use and how I use them.
Let’s get to the review part…
Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Complex+ Avance Elixir
About the ingredients...
One of the ingredients of this product is Butylene Glycol – is a multi-tasking colorless, syrupy liquid. This helps the product to absorb faster and deeper into the skin and allowing it to spread nicely over the skin. A very interesting ingredient is Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, or Huangqi as the Chinese call it. It is one of their most important medicinal herbs that is traditionally used to strengthen “qi”, the body’s life force. It has a bunch of magic abilities including tonic, liver-protecting, immunomodulating, antihyperglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. In skin care it is well known and used for its general tonic and skin reinforcing properties, as well as for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action. It also combines anti-aging and anti-blemish properties.
Tetrapeptide-7 is another goodie ingredient that does wonders for your skin. It works by reducing the production of the signal molecule, which promotes inflammation in the skin and less inflammation means slower degradation of important things (like collagen) that results in a younger looking skin for a longer time. It works in synergy with its pal, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1. Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin gives the skin a marked lifting effect, moisturizes makes the skin soft and smooth and enhances brightness. The specifically selected combination of three super-smart peptide complexes – Matrixyl 3000, Trylagen and Matrixyl Synthe 6 combined with selected plant extracts help assist in enhancing the skin’s barrier function and in giving you a more even skin tone.
Directions for use…
Apply after thoroughly cleansing the skin, and before moisturizing. Using in combination with a Vitamin A moisturizer is recommended.
I am not a huge fan of the consistency of the product. It does not have a particular scent, which I suppose is good. I love the packaging, it has a luxurious feel while still being practical. It definitely absorbs very quickly and doesn’t leave a nasty residue. I feel like this is going to be the underrated stepchild of the range as you cannot see or feel any immediate improvements after applying like with the other two – the power with this is in the ingredients, and the long-term effect it has on your skin combined with the use of the other two products.
RRSP: R1 360.00 for 30ml
Environ Focus Care Moisture+ Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules
About the ingredients…
The silky soft feeling on your skin when applying the oil capsules can be attributed to the Cyclopentasiloxane, combined with dimethiconol (also a silicone). It is a commonly used cyclic structured silicone that is water-thin and does not stay on the skin but evaporates from it. Similar to other silicones, it gives skin a silky, smooth feel. Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil is more commonly known as Sunflower Seed Oil. Sunflower oil is one of the most commonly used plant oils in skincare. It also protects the surface of the skin and enhances the damaged or irritated skin barrier.
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable, oil-soluble form of skincare big shot, Vitamin C. Vitamin C is incredible for your skin, but really unstable to work with and gives cosmetics companies a lot of headaches. To solve this problem they came up with vitamin C derivatives, and one of them is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. Because it’s oil-soluble, its skin penetration abilities seem to be great. So great in fact, that it surpasses the penetration of pure vitamin C threefold at the same concentration and it penetrates successfully into the deeper layers of the skin (that is usually important to do some anti-aging work).
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract is the fancy word for Green Tea and is proven to be a great antioxidant, UV protectant, anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic and antimicrobial. The magic ingredient here is Retinol. Retinol (pure Vitamin A) is probably the most proven anti-aging ingredient available. It makes skin less wrinkled, smoother, firmer and tighter.
Directions for use…
Apply after moisturizing in the evening.
I only used this for a week as you technically should not be using retinol while pregnant – but it is a glorious product! It feels like liquid silk, and although it is heavily silicone based it does not feel “heavy” and does not clog up your pores. It absorbs into your skin quickly and helps it feel absolutely amazing. When baby lemon is born I would love to try it against the Elizabeth Arden version and see what happens! This would be excellent for those that suffer from dry skin, but be careful what you combine retinol with when it comes to skincare. The capsules deliver a concentrated burst of vitamin-enriched hydration that may help protect the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals, leaving it looking visibly refreshed and energized.
RRSP: R730.00 for 30 capsules
Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri Botanical Revival Masque
About the ingredients…
Lactic acid is a superstar ingredient. It’s a gentle, moisturizing AHA that can give you a fresh, smooth, even complexion and also some anti-aging benefits by lifting off dead skin cells. Sodium Lactate is a great skin moisturizer and also used to regulate the pH value of the cosmetic formula. Mandelic acid is another AHA that comes from bitter almond. It can gently lift off dead surface skin cells and make the skin more smooth and even and has antibacterial properties. It has promising results against acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Asiatic Acid stimulates GAGs (glycosaminoglycans – polysaccharides that are part of the liquidy stuff between our skin cells) production as well as collagen I synthesis.
Directions for use…
Apply mask twice a week for 10-20 minutes. Rinse and apply moisturizer.
NB! As with all products that contain AHA’s, it is extremely important to use a really good SPF. AHA’s may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. It increases your risk of sunburn so also wear protective gear (a hat). Limit sun exposure for at least a week after using this product.
This mask has been nicknamed “a facelift in a jar”… Many claimed to have seen miraculous results after the very first use, but I only noticed a real difference after the third use. The packaging is wonderful, with an innovative pump action bottle that is very hygienic but also functional. It also comes with a lovely masque brush. Out of all the products in the range, this is the one I am most tempted to repurchase.
RRSP: R1 020.00 for 50ml
Overall, I do think this is a wonderful skincare range. I would especially recommend it for those who suffer from pigmentation and who would like to prevent the signs of aging.
You can find your nearest Environ stockist here, it is crucial that you go have a chat with one of their trained staff members so that you are matched with the best skin care products suited to your skin care needs and to achieve the best results.
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