Over the last couple of weeks I have been participating in Environ’s #FocusOnFlawlessSA campaign with Beauty Bulletin. The skincare journey has seen me trialing the Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules and the Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque.
Environ is a mid- to upper-range skincare brand developed by plastic surgeon Des Fernandes. The brand is centered on the use of vitamin A to prevent the effects of ageing and improve the general health and appearance of skin.
My Skin Concerns
My skin type is quite finicky. I have very fair (duh), sensitive, dehydrated skin that is prone to blackheads around my nose and chin. I also have fine lines above my eyebrows from doing the shocked-face-with-raised-eyebrows thing a lot. So the fact that these two products are geared towards aiding early signs of ageing and skin dryness means I am in the perfect target market.
Environ Focus Care Moisture+ Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules
What Environ Says
“A concentrated burst of vitamin enriched hydration for the skin. With a blend of Retinol and Antioxidants, these capsules help to protect skin against the damaging effects of free radicals, leaving your skin looking visibly radiant and silky soft to the touch.”
- Retinol (vitamin A)
- Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate (vitamin C)
- Tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E)
- Dimethylmethoxy chromanol (Lipochroman – vitamin E)
- Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
- Camellia Sinensis (green tea) leaf extract
- Beta sitosterol
What I Think So Far
I received 10 of these little capsules as part of my trial. They each contain one application of the oil. I like that the product comes ‘individually wrapped’ as it is supposed to maintain the effectiveness of the active ingredients better.
One capsule is more than enough for me to cover my entire face with the thick, luxurious oil. Despite being so thick, the product absorbs very quickly on the skin, which makes layering your products on top of this easier.
I used one capsule on my skin after washing off the Revival Masque, which I did before bed, twice a week. I noticed that when I woke up, my skin was softer and less dry. However, when it came to pigmentation, fine lines and skin texture, I saw only a small difference, if any.
I understand that certain products require extended periods of use before true results show, especially when it comes to skincare, but I feel like the small difference I saw was not worth spending the odd R700 for 30 of these capsules. It may very well be that 30 are required before better results show, but based on my experience with my trial 10, I would prefer to spend that money on something else.
Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri Biobotanical Revival Masque
What Environ Says
“Environ’s powerhouse “facelift in a jar”, this luxurious masque contains a trilogy of specifically selected ingredients – Lactic Acid, Asiatic Acid and Mandelic Acid – which together may assist in creating a younger-looking skin that feels firmer and appears visibly smoother and radiantly revived”
- Lactic acid
- Asiatic acid
- dl-Mandelic acid
Due to the fact that the masque contains alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA’s), it is important for you to take extreme caution in the sun, even more so than usual. For a week after use, your skin is more susceptible to damage than it would normally be.
What I Think So Far
The masque comes in an airless pump dispenser which is convenient to use and ensures no air comes into contact with the active ingredients in the product. The small synthetic brush that the masque comes with makes for a neat application. The product comes out clear and dries quickly.
I used two pumps on my face and neck each time I used the masque, which was twice a week. I have so far gotten 8 or so applications and have not run out of product yet, but I can’t tell how much is left due to how it’s packaged. Considering the jar sells for about R1000, I think this is a fair price for the quality and the amount of product.
This was the Environ product I enjoyed most of the two I was sent. It is unheard of to use a product and see results after the first application, but with the Revival Masque I truly did. Because the lines on my forehead are so fine, I am able to see a difference in their appearance very easily, and after each use of the masque, they did appear less pronounced.
The masque stings a tiny bit, but even so, I didn’t experience any burns or sensitivity after using it, not even dryness. This is a huge plus for someone with sensitive skin as masques have the nasty habit of being very harsh.
Overall I am happy to have participated in the Environ trial with Beauty Bulletin. Both products are good and left me with a great first impression of Environ skincare. While I don’t think I would purchase the oil capsules, I will definitely be repurchasing the masque, and would highly recommend it as a splurge addition to your skincare routine.
What has your experience been with Environ products? It is a brand I’m now more willing to explore. Let me know what I should pick up next!