*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The treatment was provided by Environ, though, the review therein is based on the author’s experience and opinion. Reviews published are intended to be for information purposes only, nor should they be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice. Always speak to your doctor or skincare therapist if you have any concerns*
The weather has changed in the last few weeks and with the sudden onset of colder temperatures, my skin started feeling dry and taut, my fine lines more defined. Having a special event coming up, I was delighted to receive an invite to visit the new Environ Skin Care Institute space – still in Hyde Park Johannesburg, but in a different building.
The rooms are beautiful, with a warm ambience and relaxing feel. Once I was settled in, my therapist, Marlize, assessed my skin and decided on the treatment. It was a toss between the Cool Peel treatment and the Moisture Boost treatment and the latter won, simply because I didn’t want to risk ongoing peeling at the upcoming event.
My skin was thoroughly cleansed and mildly exfoliated. After a sweep of Toner, Lactic Acid (10%) was applied. Once dry, my face was covered with gauze and over that Marlize spread on some conductive gel. The DF machine with Field Iontophoresis on negative 10min was used- iontophoresis is the process of passing a weak electrical current through the skin. It’s not painful or uncomfortable but serves to deliver product more efficiently into the skin.
A moisture gel was applied, followed by the Alginate mask with DF Field Iontophoresis on negative for 20 minutes. The mask formula is quite thick and is spread all over the face, eyes included; nostrils and mouth are left open. As it sets, the iontophoresis currents go through the mask and I experienced small, pulsing lights under my eyelids. Marlize was giving me a sublime foot massage at this stage so I simply relaxed and let science (and Marlize!) take care of me.
The mask removal process is quite underwhelming – contrary to what you might expect, the thick, jelly-like mask peels off easily, and the skin isn’t pulled at all, it’s just revealed in all its radiant glory! A touch of Environ Essential Vitamin A Moisturiser and a film of Environ Alpha Day Sunscreen and I was done. My skin felt as the treatment name suggests, really boosted.
Colder weather can trigger some skin disorders like rosacea and dehydration. It’s a good idea to budget for some regular treatments like the Moisture Boost at the Environ Skin Institute during the colder months. Science-backed skincare with a pampering touch. And especially before that special event!
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Paola Chellew is a freelance journalist and regularly writes for a number of publications. A former professional contemporary dancer, she has always loved the arts in all their forms. She has been a freelance writer for many years and has been published in various magazines including Live Out Loud, Private Life and Do It now magazines. Her passion for beauty and skincare started in her teens, when she would read every beauty editor’s picks and reviews. Serious about skincare, she has researched medical-grade products for over ten years, as well as aesthetic treatments to restore and repair skin to look its best. Having turned 60 last year, she has dedicated her blog to the “over 50s and beyond Club”, shining a spotlight on a generation that is seemingly side-lined by the beauty industry. “There is no age limit for when you stop being beautiful – a gorgeous lipstick, a sexy fragrance, radiant skin- these are not synonymous with youth- they are just things that add an extra sparkle to my day”.