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The Secret to perfect skin with Dr Des Fernandes – Vitamin A and Peptides
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

After attending Dr Des Fernandes’ event, it’s safe to say myself along with the other girls here at LIB are fully hooked on Vitamin A.

You’re probably wondering who Dr Fernandes is. Well after his talk I certainly won’t be forgetting him! As a plastic surgeon for over 30 years in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr Fernandes holds extensive knowledge of the skin and body, as you can imagine. Dr Fernandes’ skin journey started in 1979 after he noticed that malignant melanomas (a type of skin cancer) was becoming much more prevalent than ever before. He turned his research to the effects and causes of sun damage and the effective ways of preventing such cancers. His personal research led him to undersand the miraculous effects of Vitamin A.

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Before attending the event, I’d never really taken any notice/or heard of Vitamin A. Of course, it didn’t come as a surprise as it seems as though there’s a vitamin paired with every letter of the alphabet! However, I’ve always been a prolific vitamin taker and it’s safe to say I’ll never go a day without popping at least one vitamin.

After sitting in an hour long talk with Dr Fernandes, I took myself straight to Holland and Barrett and purchased a bottle as soon as I walked out the door of the event – I kid you not.

Vitamin A is responsible for regulating the health of thousands of genes in cells. The antioxidant properties neutralise harmful elements in our skin, helping to prevent wrinkles, resist infection and keep youthful skin. The only problem is, it’s hard to have an effective intake of Vitamin A through your diet, even if you’re the healthiest person you know.

Dr Fernandes told us that an intake of 40,000 I.U. of Vitamin A a day is a good starting point. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to take 100’s of pills- just 3/4 a day which can be taken all at once. To intensify the effects, Dr Fernandes introduced some of his innovative products to us. His skincare range called Environ is evidently extremely effective. Dr Fernandes also took us into detail about Peptides. Peptides are a chain of amino acids that send signals to the skin to produce more collagen, and of course we all know collagen as the game changer. Collagen keeps your skin taut and firm, giving it a plump and youthful look. The more collagen you produce over time, the younger you’ll look. So there we have it, the perfect remedy to maintain youthful skin.

The Before and after pictures were amazing, Vitamin A also proved to be very effective for scarring.

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He told us that applying Vitamin A infused with Peptides as a serum morning and night after cleansing is the answer to longer lasting youthful skin, and I believe him. So whenever you next decide to splash out on your skincare regime, always check the ingredients for peptides and Vitamin A. It might be a big spend, but it’s worth it! Look no further than Dr Fernandes’ own products at Environ.


Fake Tan Tried & Tested: Beautylab Peptide Tanning
Monday, May 9th, 2011

If you’ve been reading my other fake tan reviews you’ll know that I’ve yet to discover the holy grail – a self tan that doesn’t smell. But I never expected to. DHAs cause your skin to go browner, but they also cause that biscuity smell, and there’s not getting around that no matter how many special ingredients you throw in to cover it up.

But what about a product that doesn’t rely on DHA to tan?! BeautyLab’s Peptide Tanning is a completely different approach to bronzing. The product contains a peptide that encourages melanin production in the skin, producing what is essentially a faked natural tan. Think of it as sunshine in a bottle, without the UVA damage.

So why am I cautious? Well, to be honest, it seems to good to be true. How does this £17 bottle of miracles give me this golden glow without any smell or staining? And more importantly if it’s all about stimulating melanin production why does it behave exactly like all fake tans when it comes to streaking and pooling?

Well, at it turns out, as well as the peptide this does contain a little bit of DHA to boost that colour. When I first used it, I applied it just to my legs and there was no smell, and it gave the most beautiful colour. When I tried it again over my whole body, the colour was just as beautiful and streak-free, but there was a bit of that telltale odour.

There’s no denying the results from this are good. I wasn’t sure how careful I needed to be with application because it’s not a traditional tanner, but it turns out I do need to be as careful, if not more so. On the bits where I’d been a bit slapdash (around ankles, knees etc) it was a bit streaky and I had a big white patch on one foot. Elsewhere, it was really smooth and not at all orange. The idea is this takes you the exact colour you’d go in the Sun, so the shade is beautiful, never OTT and very natural-looking.

The beige coloured cream itself has a bit of fragrance (melon) but there was no developing smell when I used it sparingly. With a heavier application it was a bit stinky, but no way near as bad as most. There was also no staining on my PJ bottoms despite the fact I jumped into bed 5 minutes after application. It developed overnight into the kind of tan I never thought I’d get without two days smelling like digestives for days.

Now I know I’ve been hard to impress in these fake tan trial, but what the hell, it gets 5/5! I’ve searched long and hard for a tanner that gives me a natural, golden glow without any developing smell, and I’ve found one that very nearly does that. Though I will be keeping my eye on what’s said about Peptide Tanners in the future, I will be liberally coating myself in this pre-holiday and reaping the glorious results for the timebeing. I might even wear a white dress for the first time in my life!

Beautylab Peptide Tanning Lotion £17

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