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Beauty The Secret To Looking Bright Without Make-up

The Secret To Looking Bright Without Make-up

The Secret To Looking Bright Without Make-up
Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie
By Hong Kong Tatler
April 11, 2018
A skincare expert gives us the lowdown on a wonder ingredient called Lumidose and La Prairie’s latest solution for getting a natural glow: White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire

Perfectly luminous skin with no discolourations and flaws—isn’t that what every girl wants? Dr Daniel Stangl, who has been La Prairie’s director of innovation since 1993, has been studying the effects of UV rays and melanin formation in the human skin.

After 15 years of research that included screening more than 50,000 different ingredients, his team finally uncovered a potent solution to age spots and uneven pigmentation, which he now shares with the world with the launch of La Prairie’s White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire. We spoke with him in Hong Kong to discover more:


Dr Daniel Stangl is La Prairie's director of innovation (Photo: Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler)
Dr Daniel Stangl is La Prairie's director of innovation (Photo: Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler)

What does White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire do?

White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire is a lavish firming face cream infused with a potent brightening ingredient called Lumidose that fights the appearance of discolouration and age spots like never before.

Offering measurable results in two weeks, visible results in four weeks and extraordinarily results in eight weeks, White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire contributes to a marked reduction in the visibility and intensity of age spots, improves the appearance of dull, hyper-pigmented skin, while leaving the skin looking firmer and refined in texture. Skin feels softer, smoother and suppler.

How does Lumidose work?

Lumidose is the most potent inhibitor of human tyrosinase known today. Tyrosinase is an enzyme responsible for the production of melanin, the brown pigment in the skin. Excessive production of melanin can result in excessive pigmentation leading to discolouration and age spots.

The optimised concentration of Lumidose combined with other active brightening ingredients in White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire helps to reach the source of discolouration, providing an extraordinary brightening effect and an even and radiant complexion, in a way that has not been possible in the past.

Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie
Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie

What causes discolouration and age spots on the skin?

The process of melanin synthesis and the formation of age spots are mainly triggered by UV light, oxidative stress/free radicals, inflammation and air pollution. The role of UV radiation and oxidative stress has been known for years.

How is melanin created? What triggers it?

Melanin production in melanocytes is controlled primarily by tyrosinase: the enzyme for the first step of melanin synthesis. Lumidose has proven to be the best inhibitor of human tyrosinase, binding to the active site of tyrosinase in order to limit its activity. Tyrosinase is the key enzyme in the synthesis of melanin. If you can inhibit the activity of tyrosinase, you limit melanin formation, thus decreasing discolouration and age spots.

How did you test the potency of Lumidose?

Lumidose was first tested in vitro on recombinant human tyrosinase, then on human melanocytes, on skin models and finally in several clinical tests. All the findings concurred to show the extraordinary potency of Lumidose.

The in vitro test results showed us that Lumidose is a better inhibitor of human tyrosinase than any other inhibitors tested, including hydroquinone and kojic acid, two well-known brightening ingredients. Tyrosinase inhibition is specific, safe and the most effective way to reduce epidermal melanin.

Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie
Photo: Courtesy of La Prairie

Are there additional brightening actives in White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire?

Lumidose is complemented and supported by Smart Crystal White, a unique delivery system for pure glabridin, the active principle of liquorice root. Glabridin interferes with several signal pathways of melanin formation, inhibits tyrosinase activity and is an outstanding anti-inflammatory agent.

The cream also contains a botanical brightening complex, an ideal combination of five traditional herbal extracts, including liquorice, mulberry, Baikal skullcap, Oriental wormwood and jujube that work in complementary ways to fight pigmentation and age spots.

 How does it integrate into the White Caviar beauty ritual?

To achieve extraordinary results, it is recommended to apply White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire twice a day, every day, after thorough cleansing. As a first step, apply White Caviar Illuminating Clarifying Lotion. Follow with White Caviar Illuminating Eye Serum to help diminish the appearance of darkness under the eye while smoothing the look of lines. Over the rest of the face, neck and décolleté, apply White Caviar Illuminating Pearl Infusion, a serum that targets age spots, redness and greyness.

Gently dab eye area with White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream, that helps brighten the delicate skin around the eye and leaves it feeling hydrated. Finish the ritual by dispensing a single dose of White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire and smoothing it gently over entire face, avoiding eye area. Generously apply Cellular Swiss UV Protection Veil SPF 50 in the morning and repeat throughout the day for optimised protection against UV-induced effects of ageing.

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