They say that by the time you are forty you have the face you deserve. Not if La Prairie has anything to do with it. The skincare and beauty specialists have been fighting the ageing battle since 1931, when the founder, Dr Niehans made a breakthrough after developing cellular therapy.
That fateful event has led to countless products, favoured by the rich and elite, and now La Prairie has released their latest skincare revelation –
Early feedback suggest that this day and night combination has had results that match and even better Botox.
So what is the science behind the product?
Director of Innovation and Science at La Prairie – Jacqueline Hill says that there are three different types of wrinkles that this product specifically targets. The way the moisturizer works is that it targets these wrinkles before they start to take hold in the skin.
The three different types of wrinkles are expression lines, sun radiation-induced wrinkles and gravity-related creases.
Hill says: “First, a peptide acts on the incoming signal into the nerve cell by limiting the channel opening. Next, a second peptide acts on the outgoing signal from the nerve, which decreases the release of the neurotransmitter. Lastly, a third peptide acts on the incoming signal into the muscle, limiting the opening of the channel and limiting the triggering of the muscle contraction.”
These are wrinkles that are caused by us smiling, frowning, any type of habitual expression that is regular and takes place in a certain area over time. The lines start to form (crow’s feet near the corners of the eyes and marionette lines near the edges of the mouth).
“In the first step,” says Hill, “a peptide contained in the day cream acts on the incoming signal into the nerve cell by limiting the channel opening. Therefore, there is less trigger going into the nerve cell.
“Second, palmitoyl hexapeptide-52 acts on the outgoing signal from the nerve. This decreases the release of the neurotransmitter from the nerve. Last, a synthetic tripeptide acts on the incoming signal into the muscle, limiting the opening of the channel and limiting the triggering of the muscle contraction.”
SUN RADIATION–INDUCED WRINKLES
Sun ages our skin, this is a fact, but it doesn’t stop us from sunning ourselves, the problem is that UVA and UVB rays are very damaging to the skin’s surface. The way to stop wrinkles forming is to put a protective barrier on the skin that prevents the sun’s rays from damaging it.
Hill explains the science behind the way the cream works: “In the day cream, homosalate, octocrylene, and ethylhexyl salicylate help protect and filter UVB and delay erythema. Avobenzone helps to protect the skin against UVA sun radiation, delay premature skin ageing due to noxious sun rays, and minimise the harmful, long-term effects of sunlight exposure. Then, carnosine helps boost your skin’s defence system with a powerful efficiency against the damages induced by infrared rays. It’s an anti-ageing peptide that stops oxidative damage and stimulates collagen synthesis.”
GRAVITY-CAUSED FOLDS AND CREASES
These are typically the lines that run from the corner of your nose to the edge of your mouth and can make you look miserable. You use the night-time cream to deal with these types of wrinkles, as Hill says: “It’s formulated with wrinkle-preventing peptides, helps stimulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to strengthen your extracellular matrix.”
Hill goes on to explain how Botox works and how the La Prairie product differs: “Botox acts at refraining muscles by destroying a protein present in the nerve cell ending. This product acts earlier, on more levels, and in a much gentler way to fill in deep lines. During sleep, your body is in repair and replenish mode. The night cream takes advantage of this ‘resting status’ and replenishes moisture back into your skin and improves your skin’s moisture-retaining capacity.”
Line Interception Power Duo – £244 available from houseoffraser.co.uk