Environ® Skincare

Founders of Environ®

The introduction of vitamin A into the formulation of skin care products heralded a new era in the treatment of sum-damaged skin. Although some cosmetic houses were using very low doses of vitamin A in their skin care products in the 1980s, Dr. Des Fernandes, a prominent Cape Town, South African plastic surgeon, was the first person in the world to introduce vitamin A in high effective doses. This range established Environ ® as a leader in skin care.
The Environ® skin care range was first formulated as a result of Dr. Fernandes’ misfortune when he attempted to treat the melanoma of two young patients, who both died before they were twenty-three years old. Such a difficult experience leaves an indelible scar on one’s life as a doctor. For this reason, he started to study the mechanism of skin cancer and the skin – and thus Environ® was born.
The cosmetic manufacturing company, Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd., was founded by Dr. Fernandes in 1990 and he soon expanded its number of products into a full skin care range. Environ® skin care products are manufactured under strictly controlled laboratory conditions at the Environ® factory in Cape Town, South Africa.
The company is owned and operated by Dr. Des Fernandes and his sister, Mrs. Val Carstens. It now has an extensive distribution network throughout more than 60 countries worldwide.
Dr. Fernandes has specialized in the field of plastic surgery in which he has gained the respect of his international peers. After a long career in the commercial world, Val Carstens joined her brother at Environ Skin Care (Pty) Ltd. as its CEO, bringing with her a wealth of business experience that she has used to engineer and build Environ® into the company it is today.