Dr Des Fernandes from Environ Skin Care receives the Skin Cancer Foundation’s first-lifetime achievement award

Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ Skin Care receives the Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa’s first-lifetime achievement award during session 2 of the 8th Annual online Skin Health Symposium, on 16 May 2021.

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The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa (SCFSA) hosts an annual meeting as part of a commitment to continued healthcare professional education and training. The meeting takes place in May every year at two conferencing venues – one in KwaZulu Natal, and one in Pretoria, Gauteng.

In 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the SCFSA opts to use an online platform for the 8th Annual meeting and Skin Health Symposium, which consists of 3 channels:

  • a Scientific meeting followed by a
  • Photodynamic and Dermatology surgery Masterclass (for doctors only)
  • and a Skin Health symposium for doctors interested in aesthetics, skincare and skin health, pharmacists, aestheticians, pharmacy staff, nurses, beauticians, company representatives and interested healthcare professionals

What started as a local event, soon turned into an International virtual meeting and skin health symposium due to the overwhelming response from International speakers and delegates.

The online meeting consists of South African and International speaker presentations by dermatology experts, discussing the latest breakthroughs in the prevention and management of photodamage, evolving skin health, Actinic Keratoses, trends, and more.

It was during session 2 of the 8th Annual Skin Cancer Foundation meeting that Dr Roscher surprised delegates with this prestigious announcement and virtual handover of the first Skin Cancer Foundation lifetime achievement award.

“This first Skin Cancer Foundation lifetime achievement award is given to Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ skincare products, for the lifetime of research and passion he puts into the marvelous knowledge we continue to gain from his work.

Dr Fernandes, we wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the work you do, changing the way we think about Skin Health and Skin Cancer prevention, not just in South Africa but worldwide” says Dr Marc Roscher

Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa


Video transcription:
Good morning everyone,
I hope you’ll allow me a moment to make a very special award at this time to Dr Desmond Fernandes.

It is the first Skin Cancer Foundation Lifetime achievement award given to Dr Desmond Fernandes for a lifetime of research and passion and input into the marvelous knowledge that we gain from his work about skin health, prevention of skin cancer, photoprotection, Vitamins in the skin, and I could go on.

Dr Fernandes, we thank you from our hearts from the doctors and skincare health practitioners of South Africa for the amazing work that you have done, and you have really changed the way that we work, the way we think about skin health, and skin cancer prevention.

We thank you for the monumental contribution you have made to the world of skin health knowledge.

And not to in South Africa only, but the world.

We thank you very much for that, and herewith your reward.
Thank you

“I am truly humbled to receive this award. My work is and has always been driven by my passion for finding scientific solutions to common skin issues and sharing that knowledge as widely as possible.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and so it’s my belief that we should all be united in understanding how it works and should be cared for,” says Dr Fernandes

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About Dr Des Fernandes and Environ Skin Care

Environ Skin Care is a Globally recognised brand, using the science of beauty to change the way the world view skincare. Dr Des Fernandes, the founder of Environ, is the first plastic surgeon to successfully include vitamin A in skincare formulations. Environ has received over 100 international awards, most recently being voted Top Medical Skincare Line of the Decade in the highly revered Aesthetic Everything® Aesthetic and Cosmetic Medicine Awards. Continue to read Dr Fernandes’s full biography.

About the Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa
The Skin Cancer Foundation of South Africa (SCFSA) is an independent, self-funded Non-Profit (188-234 NPO). The foundation is dedicated to preventing skin cancer through skin cancer awareness, education, and treatment. SCFSA aims to implement a comprehensive skin cancer prevention strategy for the people of South Africa. The organization achieves this through an annual National Skin Cancer Screening Day, where South Africans can be screened for skin cancer at no cost.