Perhaps the only thing more famous than La Prairie’s skincare clinic in Switzerland—frequented by celebrities, royal families, and even the Pope—is its coveted line of serums and creams that utilize such rare ingredients as platinum and caviar to create formulas that pamper, repair, and rejuvenate tired skin. In an industry where hype can sometimes overshadow hard facts, La Prairie is widely recognized for its excellence in scientific research and technological advancement in product creation.
This month, Barneys New York celebrates La Prairie’s launch at our Madison Avenue, Beverly Hills, and online stores. We are thrilled to be carrying the latest addition to the brand’s luxe lineup: Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion, a serum that detoxes the skin so it can be replenished to look its best. We talked with Dr. Daniel Stangl, the Director of Innovation at La Prairie, to learn more about what went into the creation of this potent formula.
The Window: What is Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion?
Dr. Stangl: Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion is a pre-serum lotion that aids in natural detoxification and helps boost cellular renewal and rejuvenation of the skin. It should be used twice daily as the first step of the haute-rejuvenation ritual.
How does it work, exactly?
The formula addresses three key processes of cellular detoxification: It supports skin cells to neutralize external irritants, boosts the cells’ ability to break down and recycle damaged proteins, and helps cells to recycle damaged mitochondria. It specifically addresses the removal of damaged proteins and mitochondria, which work like internal toxins reducing skin cells’ functionality and energy levels.
What inspired you to create this new product?
Among luxury skincare clients, there is an interest in therapies that involve a holistic approach and a desire for unique treatments. Clients select the Platinum Rare Collection in order to address signs of aging, and detoxification is the first logical step to achieving this goal.
What are the key ingredients?
Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion contains our signature Platinum Peptide, a combination of a collagen-boosting peptide with platinum for enhanced stability and efficacy. It also includes our exclusive cellular complex and a sophisticated mix of active ingredients, which stimulate the expression of the skin’s own detoxification and antioxidant enzymes.
How did the idea of using platinum in skincare come about?
Platinum is a rare and precious metal. First reports about potent free-radical-scavenging properties of colloidal platinum drew our attention to its potential use in skincare. We developed a specific combination of platinum particles with a peptide, pairing collagen-boosting properties with enhanced stability and bioavailability.
How long did the research take to develop this product?
The development of Platinum Rare Cellular Life Lotion took two years. We performed extensive clinical testing with instrumental measurements, expert grader evaluations, and self-assessments by panelists. The clinical study results revealed significant improvements in skin elasticity, firmness, smoothness, anti-wrinkle, even skin tone, and moisturization.