SA skincare brand donates over R1m in products to healthcare workers

Environ CEO Val Carstens

To thank those on the frontline of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Environ Skincare has donated over R1 million worth of product to doctors and nurses at six hospitals in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal.

Says Environ’s group chairman, director and CEO, Val Cartens: “Environ recognises the immense daily assault on the skin as a result of the masks that the doctors and nurses are wearing. By gifting them skincare boosters, which help to soothe and restore skin sensitised by long hours of wearing a mask, we wanted to show support and care, as well as lift morale for healthcare workers who are making daily sacrifices.”

Environ has donated to doctors and nurses working at the Hospital of Hope, a special COVID-19 field hospital established at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as well as to doctors and nurses at various hospitals in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The donations were recently handed over by Dr Des Fernandes, Environ’s founder and scientific director, and Carstens (his sister), at the Hospital of Hope, CTICC.

“My overwhelming impression on visiting the Hospital of Hope was the cheerful dedication of the staff to helping our people get through this unusual time,” comments Dr Fernandes.

Doctors working to treat those affected by the global pandemic have had to make overwhelming sacrifices – many are unable to see their families, for fear of spreading the infection, and many are at high risk of contracting the virus themselves. Added to this is the toll that long hours and gruelling work take on these frontline workers.

“We were delighted to meet those who care for us and hope to make a difference to their skin, as much as they make a difference to people’s lives in their care,” adds Carstens.

Each donation includes Environ’s popular immune-boosting serum, Colostrum Gel, which helps to protect sensitive skin from external and internal stressors, and Original Mild Night moisturising cream, to replenish skin with the vitamin A, antioxidants and essential nutrients that it needs to look healthy and stay resilient.

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