Switzerland-born beauty brands offer some of the most luxurious products in the world. The Swiss commitment to craft and scientific precision has yielded pioneers of cellular therapy in the skincare world thanks to titans such as La Prairie and Valmont who combine advanced tech with rare natural ingredients such as caviar and micro algae extracts from the Swiss waters. Ahead, we round up the best Swiss beauty brands and the products to try from each.
The caviar of the beauty world, both literally and figuratively, La Prairie is a pioneer of scientifically advanced anti-aging cellular therapy, tracing its heritage back to the famed La Prairie Clinic in Montreal, Switzerland since 1931. For the uninitiated and devoted alike, La Prairie’s signature Skin Caviar collection delivers the Swiss brand’s famed lifting and firming benefits extracted from the marine nutrients of caviar. For something that offers hybrid properties, the Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation offers exquisite coverage infused with caviar water.
A brand steeped in over 100 years of history, Swiss skincare luminary Valmont was founded in 1905 as the Valmont Clinic in Lake Geneva, where its elite clientele included the likes of Coco Chanel and Ingrid Bergman. With a focus on helping people heal from injuries, Valmont Clinic eventually released its skincare product line in the 1980s applying advanced DNA cellular technology for premiere anti-aging effects. Some of its signature products include the Prime Renewing Pack, an anti-stress and fatigue-erasing cream-mask hybrid that has remained a cult favourite for over 30 years.
With its familiar red and white packaging, Cellcosmet is a stalwart in the Swiss skincare world for its revolutionary cellular biotechnology. Unlike most cellular cosmetics that harness freeze-dried cells, Cellcosmet products are enriched with stabilised cellular extract obtained via biotechnology. The brand’s exclusive Expert Hyaluron Complex is a cocktail of Marine-derived DNA, Swiss Alpine plant extracts and Swiss Alpine spring water.
L Raphael rose to fame for the incredibly personalised and high-tech treatments offered at its flagship ‘Temple of Beauty’ clinic in Geneva, from oxygen treatments featuring ingredients like diamond powder, caviar and white truffles to infrared saunas and ultrasound. The treatments were extended to luxury spas around the world, and soon the L Raphael skincare line launched with its patented LEC-40 lipid complex, which associated lecithin, omega-proteins and vitamins to allow active ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin.
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