THE LEGEND OF LA PRAIRIE
On the pristine shores of Switzerland’s Lac Leman, Clinique La Prairie was founded with a single purpose: to offer a path to rejuvenation. Dr Paul Niehans, a brilliant graduate from Zurich University, was convinced that science was the key to unlocking the secrets of eternal youth. After years of research, he made a breakthrough in 1931 at the clinic, developing cellular therapy – with astonishing results.
DR PAUL NIEHANS
Dr Paul Niehans approach was as audacious as it was effective. Word began to discreetly spread among the elite echelons of society, drawing artists, royalty and world leaders to the bespoke clinic, which soon became a sanctuary of rejuvenation — a place where time stood still.
FROM SCIENCE TO ART
That same audacity has characterised La Prairie since its very inception. Taking inspiration from the clinic, La Prairie created its Exclusive Cellular Complex. Based on the science of cellular therapy, the Exclusive Cellular Complex is a closely held secret that sits at the very heart of La Prairie. In continuing to develop ground-breaking yet sublime formulations using the most precious, sumptuous ingredients – rich caviar, rare platinum and opulent gold – La Prairie has elevated science to an art.
THE QUEST FOR TIMELESS BEAUTY
La Prairie continues to pursue this heritage of art, science and pioneering excellence, fusing Swiss precision, scientific innovation, precious ingredients and a subtly conceived, magical experience based on performance. La Prairie’s quest has become a promise – the promise of time.
La Prairie cares about the protection of Swiss Nature and supports research at ETH Zurich. The Luxury skincare house has made a donation to the ETH Foundation to provide support to the Section of Glaciology of Continental Europe’s number one ranked university.
Committed to protecting the beautiful landscapes and rich natural resources of Switzerland, the land of its origins and grateful for the inspiration it provides La Prairie supports glacier-related research at ETH Zurich to better protect it.
“We are very honoured to support ETH with this donation. Their pioneering work in the field of climate studies, glaciology and environmental conservation is in line with La Prairie’s overarching value of Swissness – a value centred on excellence and innovation – and its heritage of applying scientific advancements to the preservation of natural beauty,” said Patrick Rasquinet, Chief Executive Officer of La Prairie.
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1931 THE CLINIC AND PAUL NIEHANS
Doctor Paul Niehans begins his pioneering work in cellular therapy at Clinique La Prairie.
From its early days, the clinic hosted many of the most influential people from the highest echalons of society. World leaders, artists and others in-the-know gathered at Clinique La Prairie to enjoy its pristine setting and rejuvenating treatments.
1953 THE POPE
Following the rejuvenating treatment given to Pope Pius XII, the clinic became internationally recognized.
Dr Niehans publishes the results of his breakthrough research in Introduction to Cellular Therapy, cementing his reputation as a visionary innovator.
1978 A CELLULAR REVOLUTION BEGINS
On its eternal quest for timeless beauty, La Prairie took inspiration from the clinic’s and Paul Niehans’ advanced rejuvenation treatments to create the Exclusive Cellular Complex.
1987 CAVIAR PEARLS
La Prairie creates a skincare phenomenon with the introduction of Skin Caviar, the first encapsulated delivery system to contain active ingredients sourced from real caviar.
1998 PHENOMENAL LIFTING AND FIRMING
With the launch of Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, La Prairie reinterprets the original Skin Caviar in an exquisite face cream, declaring, “Neither skin nor psyche will ever be the same”.
2005 THE LUXURY OF TIME REGAINED
Honouring its Swiss heritage as the first skincare house to go straight to the heart of age intervention, The Anti-Aging Collection is expanded with the introduction of Anti-Aging Emulsion SPF 30 and Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 15.
2006 THE GOLD STANDARD
La Prairie casts a 24-carat glow onto skin with the launch of The Radiance Collection. This is the first line to suspend gold with quartz, liquid crystals and reflective pigments. Vitality and radiance are enhanced from within.
2008 ULTIMATE REJUVENATION
La Prairie creates Platinum Rare Cellular Cream, which visibly transforms all signs of aging with the powerful anti-aging benefits of platinum, the most precious metal on earth.
2010 LUXE LUMINOSITY
La Prairie combines the exceptional clarifying benefits of golden caviar with liquid crystals to firm and nourish skin while lending it a softly lit luminosity.
2012 LIQUID LIFT
A new, lavish lift is launched with the debut of Skin Caviar Liquid Lift, the skincare phenomenon for an instant taut, firm appearance.
2016 CAVIAR WATER
With Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion, the most delicate components of caviar are captured for the first time in this pure, powerful, highly concentrated infusion.
2017 CAVIAR ABSOLUTE
Skin Caviar Absolute Filler, the latest innovation in the Skin Caviar Collection, restores tone and density for enhanced skin fullness and refined contours, imparting the face with the harmony of youth.
2017 30 YEARS OF THE ART OF CAVIAR
La Prairie marks the 30th anniversary of its iconic Skin Caviar. To celebrate the occasion, La Prairie will collaborate with a select group of contemporary artists on The Art of Caviar with a scientific and artistic innovation.
2017 ART BASEL
La Prairie partners with Art Basel, the world’s leading art platform, in a first-of-its-kind initiative that perfectly represents the brand’s quest for timeless beauty.
The Exclusive Cellular Complex has been the basis of almost every La Prairie skincare product since the brand’s founding in 1978 – it is the very building block on which La Prairie’s quest for timeless beauty is built. It gives new life and energy back to the very cells where beauty is born, enhancing the skin’s natural renewal process.
OF SCIENCE AND MYSTERY
The Exclusive Cellular Complex is so extraordinary, La Prairie goes to great lengths to protect it, using three separate laboratories to ensure it remains a secret — one laboratory for the yeast fermentation process, one for the micro-organism fermentation process, and a third in which the various components are blended together. No single technician or chemist knows the exact recipe.
A veritable wonder of biotechnological engineering, the Exclusive Cellular Complex is a powerful rejuvenating potion. In infusing its products with the Exclusive Cellular Complex, La Prairie’s quest for timeless beauty has become a promise – the promise of time.