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Sometimes, an impromptu conversation with a stranger can lead to an unexpected discovery. About 18 years ago, Joanna was sitting at Sting and Trudy Styler’s home, waiting to give them customized facial treatments. 

She started chatting with their Pilates instructor, a young woman who had traveled with the couple from London. 

When the woman learned of Joanna's expertise with skin, she couldn’t wait to share her amazing find: Environ - a South African skincare brand 

“Oh my God! It’s the most amazing thing for my skin!” the trainer raved. “It works miracles on hyper-pigmentation and dark circles!” 

That’s high praise for products targeting increasingly common skin conditions. 

Founded by Cape Town-based plastic surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes in 1990, the award-winning line features potent skin-revitalizing formulas designed to replace essential skin nutrients depleted by exposure to sun and environmental factors. 

The range’s star ingredient is vitamin A, combined with antioxidants and peptides. 

And while vitamin A-related retinoids are often associated with redness and irritation, Dr. Fernandes’ innovative “step-up system” allows the user to become accustomed to a low dose of the vitamin, before ramping up to progressively higher potencies. 

For example, the Youth EssentiA range features Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum in five consecutive levels. 

C-Quence Serum 1 | C-Quence Serum 2 | C-Quence Serum 3 | C-Quence Serum 4 | C-Quence Serum 4 Plus

“The products have the most amazing, extremely active combination of anti-oxidants,” said Czech, noting that most are fragrance- and preservative-free. “The vitamin A penetrates and does its job speeding up cellular turnover,” she explained. “Over time, your lines become shallower; your pores become less noticeable, and your skin tone is more even and radiant.” 


Derma-Lac Lotion used in combination with Body A, C, & E Oil

Pro tip: Pour one into your hand, add a little bit of the other, mix them together and then apply it right after your shower from your toes to your jawline.