Environ Intensive Revival Masque Review

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Hello Beauties!

Today I will be reviewing another holy grail skincare product, Environ’s Intensive Revival Masque. What I love about Environ is the minimal, but highly concentrated and effective ingredients used in their products to achieve maximum results.This is my second tub of this masque, which goes to show how much I love this product! I’m very picky when it comes to skincare as I expect to see results either within the first use or a couple of uses. This product did not disappoint me at all! I was recommended by my aesthetician to try this product because my skin is really dry, uneven, dull and I needed help to lighten some red marks on my face. My skin type is dry/sensitive breakout prone and in the winter time it is extremely dry. This product really helped to not only add moisture to my skin and help reduce redness and my smile lines, but also was very effective in instantly brightening, tightening, and gradually fading the red marks on my face. This product is best used during autumn/winter when the skin is very dry.

This masque has been described as a “facelift in a bottle,” because of its ability to reduce lines and wrinkles, lighten pigmentation marks, tighten and smooth the skin, giving a youthful radiant appearance. It uses three main acids to achieve these results, which include Asiatic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Mandelic Acid. As I’m very breakout prone, I’m always hesitant to try new products out, but now I know to trust Environ skincare. It never breaks me out, but rather helps to significantly reduce any redness and inflammation! After the first use, my complexion was instantly brighter and more even, adding a nice youthful glow. My pores looked smaller and my face felt tighter. Because of all the acids in this product, there is a sunburn alert and you should always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen. I would recommend the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, which is a sunscreen, foundation, and concealer all in one. A tip is to use this mask right before makeup application if you have trouble with powder foundation creasing and accentuating smile lines, as I experienced none of this after application!

Description: The Environ® Intensive Revival Masque has a unique combination of revolutionary ingredients
Asiatic, Mandelic and Lactic Acid that make the skin appear more luminous, smoother and
revitalised.

Key Ingredients:
• Asiatic Acid
• Lactic Acid
• Mandelic Acid

Benefits:
• Research over many years has shown that Asiatic Acid promotes the synthesis of growth
factors that are important in the regenerative processes of the skin.
• Lactic Acid is a powerful promoter of the natural hydrating factors of the skin.
• Mandelic Acid works in synergy with Lactic and Asiatic Acid in creating a smoother, younger
and more refined skin appearance.

Ingredients:

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Aqua (Water), Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Mandelic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Ceteareth-20, Disodium EDTA.

Directions: 

I cleanse my face with the Environ Interactive Cleansing Gel, and then exfoliate with the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub so that the mask can penetrate deeper into the skin. Apply a thin layer of the mask all over face, neck and décolleté. I was recommended to leave the mask on between 20-30 minutes, however if you really need the moisture to come back into the skin, you can leave it on for longer, but I find that 30 minutes is long enough. After the time is up, I like to rinse with tepid water with a cotton pad. Do not use any chemical exfoliating toners or products that contain any active acid ingredients as the acids in the mask will already be exfoliating dead skin cells overnight. All you need to do is follow up with a gentle and soothing moisturiser. I like to use the Dr Spiller Collagen Creme, which is fantastic at locking in moisture. I use this mask about 1-2 times a week. When you first start using this product, because it is so strong, you should start off with using it once a week, and then slowly build to 2-3 times a week.

Results:

Results for me were instant. I noticed my skin was smoother, brighter and more even. My skin felt tighter and more plump. The smile lines I had were becoming less apparent with each use. Your skin does peel a little overnight if you have any dry patches or scabs. This mask is great at healing any wounds at a faster pace. This is especially good for large pores around the nose! Obviously the fading of the red marks will take a little time, but I saw a significant reduction within the fourth use. On nights I don’t use this mask, I do use the Environ Alpha Toner Forte, which has Glycolic Acid, so that is also helping to lighten up the red marks.

Smell:

It definitely has a strong, potent scent because of all the acids, although it isn’t unbearable.

Texture/Feel: 

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The texture is very light, watery, creamy and easy to spread all over the face. It’s whitish in colour, although goes clear on face. Once it starts to slightly dry (although still stays creamy) on the face, you can feel your skin tightening, but it isn’t so tight that you can’t move it. It’s not uncomfortable, however if you have any open wounds, it will sting for a little but will go away very shortly.

My Skin Type and Who is this for?

My skin type is dry to very dry (in the winter especially), sensitive and breakout prone. It’s very uneven, dull, and fair in complexion. This mask is suitable for uneven skin texture and sun damaged skin.

Shelf Life:

24 months unopened 10 – 12 weeks period after opening.

Packaging: 50ml (1.7 fl oz) jar with special spatula.

Price: AUD $120

Rating: 5/5

Recommend? 100% Yes! Although it is expensive, it will last you a while, and you will see instant results. This would most definitely benefit women with more mature skin or very dry, uneven skin.

Where to Buy: Due to the strength and specificity of each Environ product, you will have to purchase this at an Environ Stockist. To search for one near you, click here.

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

 

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My Perfect Skincare Routine & My Skin Journey

My Clear Skin Journey:

So, I’ve never had terrible acne or anything, just clogged pores that I thought was acne. Because I thought my skin type was oily and acne prone, I was purchasing products targeted towards that skin type. So my skin never got any clearer using these products for oily/acne skin. It only kept breaking out more, and becoming very red and sensitive. It wasn’t until I went, on recommendation from a lot of people including my mother, to the Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay. My beautician, Dee, said that I actually had beautiful skin (which I didn’t believe at the time), that was very dry/sensitive. My beautiful skin was hidden under my clogged pores from liquid/cream foundation and oil based skincare products. I think it’s very important to know your skin type as it makes all the difference in how you take care of it. I was shocked because I had spent a lot of money buying the wrong products, because of past dermatologists wrong diagnoses.

I would never recommend something unless i 110% trusted and believed in it. I’m a very harsh critic and have been to many dermatologists in the past who have done nothing as effective or fast in clearing my skin as the wonderful beauticians at the Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay. On first visit, you bring all makeup and skincare products that you apply to your skin, and she will examine them. I had to throw everything out (i literally had 10+ items for my face) and start with her recommended skincare regime for me. For my skin type, I have to use water based products as my skin was clogged from all the heavy oil based products. I won’t say that this clear skin journey was cheap either, but I have never had skin this clear before so I’m willing to pay to keep it that way. I was given a simple 3 step system to follow: Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Then, once a week I would exfoliate my skin. Before that, I was using a million different products and I would exfoliate twice a day everyday thinking I would scrub away the pimples, but really it was damaging my skin. I like how they have refined a simple, but very effective skincare routine, that limited the amount of products I was putting on my face so that i don’t suffocate and clog my skin. You are also not allowed to wear any liquid or cream foundation (which scared the hell out of me at first!), as they are VERY pore clogging (even if it is non comedogenic or “natural”). You are matched up to a shade from the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base foundation, which is my holy grail foundation! I have a blog post all about it here. If you need a little more spot concealing, they will give you a small jar of the Dermalogica Treatment Foundation (which is unfortunately discontinued). At first it was hard just wearing a powder as foundation as I was used to liquid foundation, concealer, powder. Honestly, my skin has never looked better with just this base! I love how simple they have made both my skincare and makeup routine, which i think is key in maintaining clear skin.

All of the products recommended to me are water based, oil free, with a simple and short ingredient list. They are appropriate for people with very dry to dry/sensitive skin that is prone to clogged pores. Someone who is struggling with maintaing a clear complexion, and is finding that their makeup and skincare products are constantly expanding but not effective, should really visit the clinic, or just stick to a simple water based 3 step system. I’m all about natural, organic beauty and health, however out of all the organic skincare lines i’ve tried out there, a lot of the oils are very comedogenic on my skin. And trust me i have tried a lot! I’m always on the hunt for a cheaper, more natural alternative, however until then if something as great as this routine for me is working for you, then my suggestion is to just stick with it! Most of the products i’m using however are gentle, simple, free of parabens, fragrance, and contain quality minerals and select natural ingredients proven to work. The products are a perfect blend of natural ingredients and science, working synergistically with the skin. You definitely get what you pay for with each product I will mention. Keep in mind though, everyone’s skin is different, and that’s why I would really recommend you go to a trusted skin clinic, recommended by a lot of people. Also, I’m sure some of the brands I mention are only available at skin clinics because they are very potent and are very specific to certain skin types.

I will also mention that I was recommended 2 sets of treatments. I had their AMAZING “Steam and Squeeze facials” once a week for 4 weeks in a row, and then just once monthly. These facials really unclog your pores, getting all of the gunk out. If you have a lot of clogged pores like I did, it will take a few goes! These facials were also not expensive at all. I’m sure it is around AUD $60. After that to deal with the red marks, not scars, left behind, I was recommended their Herbal Green Peel (which is VERY expensive-AUD$400). It is worth every penny! A mixture of herbal greens are scrubbed onto your face until you are red, and then you recover for 5 days where your skin will peel off 4 layers (which is very thin). You cannot wash your face or use any product for those 5 days. You also cannot peel the dead skin, you have to let it peel itself and then on the 5th day you can take it all off! Your skin looks more even, fresh, and youthful. You may, however, experience some small breakout as it lifts off all that dead skin, and reveals new skin.

Clear Skin Clinic Website: http://www.theclearskinclinic.com.au

My Skincare Routine:

Step 1: Cleanse

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This cleanser is by far the best! The Environ Cleansing Gel removes my Jane Iredale Purepressed base (eliminates the need for makeup wipes) as well as cleasnsing my face. I wash once to remove my makeup and use 2 round cotton pads to remove and gently micro-exfoliate my skin. I then wash a second time to cleanse my skin, again with a cotton pad. It is clear and gel like, but once you add water it foams up really well. It feels more moisturzing than watery, and leaves your skin feeling soft, not stripped, but clean. You also only need the smallest amount, so it lasts quite a while for the size it comes in. I love how short and simple the ingredients list is, and so does my skin!

*Unfortunately, Environ skin care can’t be purchased online as, “...These are consultation only products due to high levels of active vitamins.” I’m sure you can go on the environ website and find a stockist near you, where a professional can prescribe what suits you! If not, just choose a mild foaming, water based cleanser with no parabens or fragrance.

Environ website: http://www.environ.co.za

Step 2: Tone

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I have never used a toner before that has no irritating alcohol, or that had worked SO effectively and fast! The Environ Alpha Toner Forte is known as “the pimple killer” and rightly so. It’s recommended for congested skin, and works very well to not only treat pimples, but also prevent. I’d say for me it takes around 3 days, without picking, for this to work if i’m having a hormonal breakout. I only use this at night though, because my skin is sensitive and dry and this product has a sunburn alert (if you wear the Jane Iredale Purepressed Base, it is a sunscreen, foundation, and concealer all in one!). Again, it is water based, and contains only 3 ingredients. So simple, yet very effective! Glycolic acid really helps to gently exfoliate and encourage cell turnover to promote clearer skin. It still is very strong though, so if you have an open breakout, you will feel it sting a little, but not too bad. I use a cotton pad to sweep the toner all over my face. If i’m experiencing a breakout, I will then go in again with another cotton pad and this time I will pat the toner into my skin. I don’t know why I do this, but it works very well for me. This product also lasts a while. I’m pretty sure this costs around $70/75. It’s not cheap, but I literally can’t live without it! I will link the website below for the description:

http://www.environ.co.za/products/intensive-alpha-toner-forte

Step 3: Moisturize

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The Dr Spiller Collagen Creme is by far the BEST moisturizer i have ever used! And it’s blue! (from the German Chamomile). It doesn’t make your skin blue though, only less red! The chamomile really helps to soothe any swelling and redness, and by morning my face looks luminous and more even. It’s very rich, creamy, and moisturizing, but still doesn’t break me out! It’s water based and so it doesn’t clog my pores. It also comes in the light version (more watery), the Collagen Aqua Plus, however I don’t find it as moisturizing and it breaks me out a little. It’s also anti-ageing, with bees wax and avocado extract (i love avocadoes!). It also makes a great makeup base for my Jane Iredale Purepressed base, because I do have very dry skin and need this when applying my powder. Even though it is thick, it doesn’t feel thick under your makeup. However, if you are wearing it by itself in the summer months, it can feel a little sticky to the touch, but not heavy. It makes your skin look so healthy and glowy, and feel silky soft. I LOVE it and can’t live without it! I can’t recommend it enough. The only con is it’s price and longevity. I believe it is AUD$120, and for me it doesn’t last very long because my skin is so dry. Again, you have to buy this through a selected stockist, so i will link it below:

http://www.dr-spiller.com.au/our-products/moisturisers/collagen-cream

Once A Week: Facial Exfoliant

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The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub is by far the best scrub I have come across. It’s not too abrasive, yet you can still feel it “scrubbing” away the dead skin cells. It feels like small sand particles, which is very pleasant. It’s very suitable for sensitive skin. I use it once weekly because my skin is so dry, however it is recommended to use 2-3 times weekly. It makes your skin feel so incredibly smooth after, allowing for the toner and moisturizer to be absorbed so much better! This product is very easy to obtain and you can buy it online!

http://www.dermalogica.com.au

*The Clear Skin Clinic in Double Bay Stocks Environ, Dr Spiller, Dermalogica, and Jane Iredale.

I hope that this helps some of you out there. If you can, I would really recommend going to the Clear Skin Clinic or one near you that has great reviews. If you aren’t able to purchase any of these products, just stick to a simple water based 3 step system and a scrub once a week. Keep it paraben, colour, and fragrance free. Make sure the ingredient list is simple and short, and you should be good to go!

love,

beautywithinandout

xx

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