It all starts with vitamin A
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It all starts with vitamin A


Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is the most important vitamin in the skin. It is known to work as a natural sunscreen because it absorbs UV energy. However, vitamin A is also damaged by light. As we expose our skin to sunlight and artificial light, on a daily basis, we are effectively damaging it on a cellular level.

Vitamin A in skin care

The ground-breaking research of Dr Des Fernandes, Environ Founder and Scientific Director, revealed that vitamin A is the one molecule that plays a vital role in our metabolic processes. As it works on the DNA, it can determine the behaviour of stem cells. By normalising how cells function, vitamin A is able to then influence cells to behave in a younger, healthier way. This leads to skin functioning normally and looking more youthful and radiant.

Every skin cell acts as a factory that converts cosmetic forms of vitamin A into Retinoic Acid (the medical grade of vitamin A). This means that skin can not only absorb Retinyl Palmitate (as a cosmetic ingredient), but by using cellular enzymes, it can convert it into Retinoic Acid that works on DNA.

“Vitamin A is irreplaceable for the skin. There is simply no alternative for healthy skin at a cellular level.” Dr Des Fernandes

What else does vitamin A do?

Vitamin A is an essential skin care ingredient which assists to

  • Normalise the appearance of pigmentation
  • Promote healthy collagen and elastin formation to leave the skin looking firmer and more youthfully radiant.
  • Speed up healing, prevent breakouts, support the skin’s immune system and promotes the skin’s natural moisturising properties.
  • Promote and maintain a healthy dermis and epidermis; the two top layers of the skin.

Environ’s cornerstone ingredient

With all these remarkable benefits, it is easy to see why vitamin A is Environ’s cornerstone ingredient. To help bring skin back to normal and repair your skin cell’s DNA, slowly introduce vitamin A to your skincare routine. Environ’s philosophy behind the unique Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ is to start low and go slow. This helps your skin slowly become accustomed to increasing levels of vitamin A by stepping up from one level to the next.

Start your journey to beautiful skin for life

Environ’s range of moisturisers contain the vitamin A complex. This is a combination of vitamin A, other vitamins and antioxidants. We recommend starting off with products from the Essential Care segment as they contain the Vitamin STEP-UP SYSTEM™ to assist in skin that’s reborn beautiful.

In addition to the daily replenishment of vitamin A, you can target specific skin concerns such as dehydration, sensitivity and breakouts with Environ's Focus Care ranges. Find out more about these products here


For skin to function as its best, it needs vitamin A.




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