La Prairie’s rich heritage of bold scientific research dates back to its inception in 1978. Fascinated by shape and its influence on how light interacts with the face, scientists at the Swiss luxury house opened up a new chapter when they embarked on a quest to understand the various factors that can impede the skin’s luminosity. They define the quest to decode skin’s luminosity as the Science of Light.
Skin’s colour spectrum consists of naturally occurring pigments that are associated with different skin layers. These pigments absorb light, a process that turns white light into coloured light, which results in a reduced intensity of the light reflected from the skin, otherwise known as luminosity or glow. With age, the amount of these pigments increases, diminishing the natural luminosity of the complexion, leading to skin that appears older than it actually is.
Reflection is another key element. Light reflects perfectly off the smooth surface and from deep within youthful skin. Over time, the skin’s surface texture becomes uneven and lines appear. In parallel, within the skin, the collagen network loses density and structure. Light is lost in this uneven surface and damaged collagen network. Skin’s ability to reflect light is consequently impaired and the natural luminosity of youthful, smooth, even skin is dulled.
After years of research, La Prairie developed a full ritual that provides extraordinary illumination to the skin. La Prairie’s White Caviar creations are enriched by Golden Caviar extract, which helps to increase collagen production, and the powerful, breakthrough illuminating molecule Lumidose. Following the screening of 50,000 ingredients, La Prairie’s scientists found Lumidose to be the most potent inhibitor of tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the formation of melanin.
White Caviar’s formula not only produces hitherto unseen results in diminishing chromatic disturbances in the skin, it increases the reflection of light by smoothing the skin’s surface and densifying the skin. The result is skin that looks as though it is illuminated from within.
2020 will mark a fresh chapter in the Science of Light, after the quest of La Prairie’s scientists drove them to explore how light reveals shape and how shape reveals light – particularly in the three-dimensional landscape of the eye area. The result is White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire. Due to launch in early 2020, La Prairie’s latest rich, delicate creation illuminates the unique architecture of the eye – an area of curves and angles that creates contrasts and shadows.
Inspired by a tireless quest to seize the power of light, La Prairie recently unveiled its latest artistic collaboration at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The luxury house commissioned renowned artist Pablo Valbuena to create a unique light sculpture inspired by the shape of light, entitled Wave.
From its precious new creation, White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire, to the innovative Wave, to La Prairie’s continued pursuit of its heritage in science, art and pioneering excellence, all imbued with the luxury house’s trademark Swiss precision, the prospects for the new decade ahead are looking extremely positive.