In Conversation with La Prairie’s Dr. Jacqueline Hill

La Prairie of Switzerland began as a clinic in 1931 with Doctor Paul Niehans and his work in cellular therapy. The Exclusive Cellular Complex stemmed from his innovative rejuvenation treatments and La Prairie soon became renowned for its use of resources such as caviar, gold, platinum, and more. Most recently, their Skin Caviar Luxe Cream has been remastered with Caviar Premier. We spoke with La Prairie’s Dr. Jacqueline Hill, Director of Strategic Innovation and Science, and Dr. Daniel Stangl, Director of Innovation to hear more.

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What is Skin Caviar Luxe Cream Remastered with Caviar Premier?

Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (with Caviar Premier) is a richly hydrating cream that lifts and firms the skin with the power of caviar. It has been reformulated to strengthen, augment and magnify lifting and firming benefits. It helps support the natural contours of the skin, profoundly improving the appearance of elasticity and tone.

What is Caviar Premier? What inspired you to create this new complex?

Caviar Premier is a highly innovative and unique blend of seven active ingredients, reflecting and surpassing natural caviar’s amazing skin care potential. To create Caviar Premier La Prairie uses a mix of biomolecules (lipids, proteins, peptides, DNA, carbohydrates), their building blocks (amino acids, nucleotides, sugars) and minerals obtained from various sources such as yeast, algae, plant and chemical synthesis to complement natural Caviar Extract. Scientists at La Prairie knew that in order to amplify benefits attributed to caviar, it would be best to have a multi-faceted approach, working on the different elements that can improve skin firmness, and provide lifting benefits. This is why Caviar Premier was designed to strengthen the skin barrier, densify and retexturise the extracellular matrix, and to provide skin tightening. It is designed to act at the level of the stratum corneum, the epidermis and the dermal-epidermal junction.

 What is so unique about it?

Caviar Premier is an advanced new caviar complex where we have enriched our natural Caviar Extract with a mix of biomolecules (lipids, proteins, peptides, DNA, carbohydrates), their building blocks (amino acids, nucleotides, sugars) and minerals obtained from various sources such as yeast, algae, plant and chemical synthesis. Caviar Premier was designed to include a representative mix of all the essential components of natural caviar.

 What are the main ingredients in Caviar Premier?

Caviar Premier includes:

·        Natural Caviar Extract

·        A new biomimetic Caviar Peptide based on part of the amino acid sequence of a specific caviar protein

·        Marine DNA that offers the same genetic material as caviar

·        Building blocks of caviar obtained from several other sources such as yeast, algae and plant materials

 How is it different from the normal Caviar extracts?

The benefits of Skin Caviar products are firmness and lifting. The inclusion of Caviar Premier augments and enhances benefits. The reformulated Skin Caviar Luxe Cream stimulates collagen and delivers potent restructuring with firming actions that begin deep within. It helps give back the appearance of youthful tone and firmness to the face, neck and décolleté.

 How do you source and select caviar?

Formerly, caviar extract was sourced from wild sturgeon, long believed to offer the highest quality available. La Prairie has researched and discovered a unique, outstanding European source of caviar extract offering equivalent high quality in the Baerii sturgeon, which is grown sustainably in aqua-farms.

 Why did you decide to reformulate Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, Sheer & Luxe Sleep Mask with Caviar Premier?

With new Caviar Premier, for the first time, La Prairie represents the full beauty potential of natural caviar. It is the first caviar complex that combines natural Caviar Extract augmented with mimetic caviar components which is a milestone in caviar research. Caviar is an outstanding natural ingredient that is able to support life, and, as scientists at La Prairie discovered, also nourishes and benefits the skin. However, extraction processes never allow the full harvesting of all components of a natural substance. The development of Caviar Premier allows the full potential of caviar to be realised.

 What are the benefits of Skin Caviar products remastered with Caviar Premier on the skin? How do they differ from the previous formula?

The benefits of Skin Caviar products are firmness and lifting. The inclusion of Caviar Premier augments and enhances those benefits. The reformulated Skin Caviar Luxe Cream stimulates collagen and delivers potent restructuring with firming actions that begin deep within. It helps give back the appearance of youthful tone and firmness to the face, neck and décolleté.

Benefits to the skin are strengthened, augmented, magnified.

·        Features are supported, lifted and toned

·        Tautness and suppleness are improved

·        Skin gains firmness

·        Skin gains a newfound strength

 How long did the research take you?

La Prairie has 30 years expertise of Caviar with the introduction Caviar Extract, Caviar Water and Caviar Absolute to consistently offer exceptional lifting and firming combined with cutting-edge performance.

Specifically for the development of Caviar Premier, we need to separate the research into two parts. The first part was the conception, development and testing of the Caviar Premier complex, which lasted approximately two and a half years.The second part was the development, testing, manufacturing, filling and assembling, and registration process for the three redeveloped products: Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, Skin Caviar Luxe Cream •Sheer and Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask. This part also took approximately two and a half years.

What are the main reasons for the skin to lose its firmness and elasticity?

Facial firmness decreases over the years, a phenomenon which is intensified by repeated exposure to UV rays and other stress factors, such as pollution, smoking and high energy visible light. Facial aging reflects the cumulative damages to the skin cells and extracellular matrix, including loss of collagen.

How does Caviar Premier specifically target the loss of firmness and elasticity?

Skin Caviar Luxe Cream includes a new advanced complex called Caviar Premier and other active ingredients that work together to help the skin regain firmness. Among other actions, Caviar Premier boosts the skin cells production of collagens, elastin and glycosaminoglycans, reinforcing the extracellular matrix.

 How did you test the potency of Caviar Premier?

We performed clinical tests of the Caviar Premier complex itself against placebo, with both instrumental measurements and self-assessments. The clinical tests were performed over eight weeks with panellists using either the placebo or Caviar Premier (in the same base) morning and night. The tests were double blind.

At a later stage, we also performed consumer tests with existing Skin Caviar Luxe Cream users and clinical tests on the new reformulated products.

 How do the remastered Skin Caviar Luxe Cream and Sheer differ from Skin Caviar Absolute Filler?

Skin Caviar products are known to support the firmness and elasticity of the skin. They are designed for clients who wish to restore firmness and elasticity above all else. Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is a richly hydrating formula. Skin Caviar Luxe Cream •Sheer is a lightly moisturising formula. Skin Caviar Absolute Filler with Caviar Absolute is designed for those whose main concern is a loss of volume in the face, giving a stern, tired look, which may come with aging. La Prairie offers the luxury of choice.

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