Environ founder Dr Des Fernandes wins Innovation Leader of the Year award

Environ founder Dr Des Fernandes scooped INNOCOS’ Innovation Leader of the Year 2016 Award.

The event, which took place in Vienna and was put together by the organisers of the World Beauty Innovation Summit, recognised Dr Fernandes for his impressive performance, leadership potential and the impact he has had on industry innovation.

The judges released a joint statement explaining their decision: “As a practicing cosmetic surgeon, Dr Fernandes clearly has an in-depth knowledge of human skin and associated cosmetic challenges.

“His ‘Step Up’ approach used in salons by skincare experts shows great innovation, combining medical knowledge with cosmetic formulation and close customer input. His broadened activities with other vitamins and their derivatives will bring further benefits to the consumer.”

Environ chief executive Val Carstens said the award is a highlight for both Environ and South Africa: “We are honoured that our scientific director Dr Fernandes has won such a prestigious award and for a South African company to be recognised for delivering world-class skincare products out of Africa.” 

Environ skincare products are sold through the International Institute for Anti-Ageing (iiaa), which has a national network of beauty salons and skincare professionals across the UK and Ireland.