Exactly a month ago, Ruby Box sent me Environ Focus Care™ to trial.  I was very excited to be included in this campaign because I have known and loved the Environ range since my days as a Skin Care Therapist so I was excited to see the results from the new Focus Care™ range.

About Environ

Environ is a globally recognized and loved professional skin care brand that is built on science, beauty, and care, founded by Dr. Des Fernandes a renowned plastic surgeon and Environ Scientific Director. Through extensive research, Dr. Des discovered the essential role vitamin A plays in skin health and went onto pioneering the use of vitamin A, through the unique VITAMIN STEP-UP SYSTEM™. Today vitamin A still remains the cornerstone ingredient of Environ and is the first step in normalizing the skin, by combining it with targeted products containing antioxidants, peptides, and other essential nutrients, it helps skin to become healthier and more resilient. It is for this reason that Environ has recently unveiled their NEW Focus Care Range, a premium range of skin care products specially formulated with intelligent ingredient combinations to target specific skin conditions of aging, dehydration, and sensitivity.

I got sent three products from the Focus Care™ range to trail for a month:

  • Focus Care™ Moisture+ Hydrating Oil Capsules
  • Focus Care™ Youth+ Revival Masque
  • Focus Care™ Youth+ Avance Elixir

I’m going to talk about them in order of my favorite to least favorite:

Focus Care™ Youth+ Avance Elixir (R1360)

Avance Elixir contains MΔ›iritage, a unique blend of extracts from Chinese roots used in traditional medicine, which has been shown to be effective in reducing the effects of oxidative stress (UV radiation and pollution) and improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. It also contains a combination of three powerful peptide complexes that may assist in improving the overall structure of the skin. This powerful combination of ingredients in this multifunctional serum may leave the skin looking radiantly luminous and resiliently younger for longer. Avance Elixir may be added to your daily routine when the signs of sun damage and aging are present. Improved skin integrity, as well as an even tone, ultimately leads to a healthier and younger looking skin that glows with a restored radiance.

How to use:

  • Pre-cleanse, cleanse and tone with your preferred Environ products.
  • Apply Avance Elixir and gently massage into the skin morning and/or evening before moisturizing with your recommended Environ vitamin A-enriched moisturizer.

I am a huge fan of Elixirs and Serums. There are really the deep treatment gems of any skincare regime so I loved this one. I applied it both morning and night and extended it down onto my neck and decolletage because of my sun damage. 

Focus Care™ Youth+ Revival Masque (R1020)

Revival Masque is formulated with a revolutionary combination of three powerful ingredients that may assist in enhancing the skins overall look and feel as well as resilience. This dynamic masque leaves the skin feeling smoother and looking younger with a healthy radiance. Revival Masque may be added to your daily routine when the signs of aging, laxity and sun damage have become visible. It improves softness and smoothness, as well as firmness leaving the skin looking healthier and more resiliently youthful. Introduce it gradually, so that the skin can become more comfortable with each application. May eventually be used daily if well tolerated by the skin.

How to use:

Option 1: 10-20 minute masque (introduce once or twice per week and gradually increase up to where the skin can tolerate)

  • Pre-cleanse, cleanse, tone before applying a thin, even layer of the masque to the skin and leave on for up to 20 minutes. (Use the brush provided)
  • Rinse with tepid water and follow with your recommended Environ vitamin A moisturizer, in the evening.

Option 2: Overnight masque (advanced application method)

  • Pre-cleanse, cleanse, tone and moisturize with your recommended Environ vitamin A moisturizer.
  • After waiting 20 minutes, apply a thin, even layer of the masque over the moisturizer and leave on overnight. (Use the brush provided)
  • Rinse with tepid water in the morning.

If any irritation or dry skin is experienced, stop using the product and use a moisturizing masque (Original Balancing Masque or oil (Hydrating Oil Capsules) until it can be reintroduced.

NB – Sunburn Alert: This product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) which may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. We recommend the use of a sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and limiting sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards. Avoid contact with the eyes. If contact occurs, rinse carefully with tepid afterward.

I also really enjoyed the masque. I could definitely feel the effects of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids and once I’ve built up a tolerance, I started sleeping with the masque on at night and I have loved how soft my skin feels in the mornings. Obviously, because of the AHA’s, I’ve been super strict with applying sunscreen.

Focus Care™ Moisture+ Hydrating Oil Capsules R730 for 30 capsules)

Vita-Antioxidant Hydrating Oil Capsules deliver a concentrated burst of vitamin enriched hydration for the skin. Containing a blend of Retinol and Antioxidants, these capsules may help to protect the skin against the damaging effects of free radicals. By enriching your skin with natural surface oils, it is left looking visibly refreshed and energized. Hydrating Oil Capsules may be added to your daily routine when the skin requires a hydrating boost i.e. when the skin feels sluggish and tired.

How to use:

  • Pre-cleanse, cleanse and tone with your preferred Environ products.
  • Apply the contents of one capsule and gently massage into the skin as your evening moisturizer
  • alternatively, mix the contents of one oil capsule with your recommended vitamin A moisturizer or apply over your usual evening moisturizer.

I didn’t love this product. The oil capsules are silicone based and I didn’t like the texture, I also did not like the smell of the oil either. 

Now for the results…..

I think it’s important to note that I am a 46-year-old woman, so you’re not going to see a glowing 30-year-old face here but as far as professional beauty products and their results go, I am really happy with the Environ Focus Care™ range. 

I have a lot of sun damage on my neck and decolletage, lots of lines around my eyes and mouth and my skin has started to lose its elasticity.  

I do think there has been a marked improvement in my skins texture. I also noticed that my lines do look a little more smoothed out. The biggest improvement for me is the appearance of the sun damage in my neck. There has been a marked decrease in the pigmentation and discoloration on the sides of my neck caused by sun damage. 

Where to get it

Environ is a professional grade skin care range, so it can only be purchased from registered Environ stockists. I was thrilled to see the range available at my favorite salon, Nude Skin and Nails in Boskruin. 

Want to win your own  ENVIRON FOCUS CARE™ PRODUCTS?

I bet you do! And Ruby Box along with Environ have given me a set of the above products, worth over R2000 for one lucky reader! 

I’ll be running the giveaway over on my Instagram account, so check out this post to be eligible to enter.

The competition will close at midnight on Wednesday, 28th November and is open to South African residents only. For additional T’s & C’s, please see here: https://goo.gl/WKaAH7