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Glow Journal

Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with the world’s biggest beauty pioneers. We’re picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.

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Dr Des Fernandes | Founder of Environ Skincare

In episode twenty one of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts sits down with Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ Skincare. We’ve all heard of Vitamin A and, if you use any kind of topical skincare, chances are you’ve used it on your skin. Dr Des Fernandes is the man responsible for both pioneering and championing the use of Vitamin A in skincare- an idea that, in the early 1980s, what near unheard of. Dr Des’ career began as a surgeon at Cape Town’s Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, and it was during his time there that he operated on two teenagers, a male and a female, who unfortunately lost their lives to skin cancer. It was this tragedy that served as the catalyst for Dr Des’ lifelong commitment to skin health. A firm believer that prevention is greater than cure, his initial research lead him to look at the effects of Vitamin A on the skin. He soon discovered a study showing how vitamin A acid had been used to treat skin cancers and precancerous lesions, and that study lead to the creation of Environ Skincare. In this conversation, Dr Des explores the link vitamin A and sun damage, what our near constant exposure to blue light is really doing to the skin and debunks every skincare myth imaginable- from the need for SPF to the way in which we should approach acne. You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/interview-environ-skincareFollow Environ on Instagram @environskincareStay up to date with Gemma on Instagram at @gemkwatts and @glow.journal, or get in touch at hello@gemkwatts.comSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


2 Jul 2019

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