The Nerdie Scoop on Environ's New Congestion Products
When we found out last year that Environ were expanding and improving on their range of products for those prone to spots and acne, we were excitingly slamming our nerdie fists on the table. Acne and less severe forms such as blackheads can affect hoomans of all ages, and can reappear or crop up out of nowhere especially in times of hormonal fluctuation, such as during menopause.
According to surveys cited by Environ, 76% of women are affected by post-adolescent problem skin. You are not alone if you are dealing with blackheads, pustules, papules and sore lumps and bumps; you are actually part of a majority.
If you have used Environ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser before, you've already been introduced to Environ's new Focus Care Clarity+ range and Sebu-Wash is now bigger and better too.
Let's dive in to more detail on the products and how they will benefit you:
Environ Focus Care Clarity+ Sebu-Clear Masque
Although masks do not the cornerstone of a skincare routine make, they do provide an additional boost and pack in powerful ingredients for a more significant change instantaneously. The Nerd HQ Sebu-Clear Masque testers adored the results they got from it, claiming increased healing ability and less "cornflakeyness" when it came to spot-healing.
It contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid akin to glycolic acid with better hydrating abilities, and salicylic acid, which, as you probably know, is a beta-hydroxy acid that helps with the skin's own exfoliation process whilst dissolving debris within the pore to stop spots from forming and worsening.
Like all of the products in the Clarity+ range, it additionally includes tea tree leaf oil which is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
It comes in an air-sealed, press-down pump dispenser to ensure that the product is not introduced to oxygen after being packaged which means that the quality of the masque will not be compromised... And it's super fun to use.
How to use:
Apply an even layer to areas of congestion or directly to spots or blackheads, if you have very few.
This masque comes in at €54.00 and it is recommended that you use it twice a week.
Environ Focus Care Clarity+ Sebu-ACE Oil & Sebu-Lac Lotion
The original Environ A C E Oil and Environ Derma-Lac Lotion are two of Environ's most-beloved and well-known products, and work wonders on congestion and keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) across the body. This is why we love that Environ have formulated a version to be used on the face and geared towards treating acneic skin.
Designed to be mixed together, they hydrate the skin, allow continuous exfoliation, and provide essential skin vits A, C & E.
It will (hopefully) come as no surprise to you that vitamin A is what we would consider a key skingredient for acne and general skin health, due to its ability to regulate oil production and promote skin cell renewal deep down in the skin. Coupled up with vitamin C & E in the Sebu-ACE Oil, as well as healing tea tree oil, it is the ideal antioxidant protection for the breakout-prone.
The Sebu-Lac Lotion is the perfect skin hydrator for those who find that typical moisturisers congest them but not only is it a lotion, it is a treatment lotion that promotes the skin's exfoliation process throughout both day and night. As you may be able to guess from the name, the key ingredient is lactic acid, a slightly milder exfoliant than its cousin, glycolic acid. Like hyaluronic acid, lactic acid is a humectant which means that it draws moisture towards it.
The Sebu-Lac Lotion also includes urea, an ingredient found in our skin's own natural moisturising factor (NMF), to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (ie. evaporation of the skin's own moisture).
Not only is this combination fantastic for breakouts but Environ have also found that it is great at bringing down redness in the skin.
How to use:
Mix equal amounts of Sebu-ACE Oil and Sebu-Lac Lotion together in the palms of your hand and apply to a cleansed face, post-AVST and before your other serums and products.
The Environ Sebu-Lac Lotion is €42.00, and the Environ Sebu-ACE Oil is €49.00.
Environ Focus Care Clarity+ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser
The newly-formulated Environ Sebu-Wash Cleanser is nearly the same as the one you loved before, except bigger and better. It now contains the same salicylic acid and tea tree oil but with sarcosine, which is derived from synthetic amino acids. Sarcosine helps to control oil with Environ claiming that there will be a noticeable drop in the signs of oiliness within 28 days.
You now get 150ml as opposed to 100ml too, so it will last you that bit longer.
How to use:
After pre-cleansing with your Cleanse Off Mitt, massage a chickpea-sized amount of Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser onto your wet face for about a minute and rinse off thoroughly with warm water.
The newly formulated and larger Environ Sebu-Wash Gel Cleanser is €39.00.