By Solange Dessimoulie, DECLÉOR Brand Ambassador
Below is a letter written by DECLÉOR founder, Solange Dessimoulie on the nature and benefits of PROLAGENE Energising Gel, DECLÉOR’s first product.
PROLAGENE was one of the first products launched by DECLÉOR Laboratories in 1974, marking the beginning of a real success story! PROLAGENE was developed after clinical observation of skin treatments used on serious burns in hospitals. Its name is the contraction of two proteins:
A bit of history: In the 1970s, after trying many products to prevent acne scarring my face, I decided to complement my aesthetics studies with in-depth skin knowledge obtained in a hospital environment. I chose to study at the Hôpital Saint-Louis which, among other things, treats serious burns.
A bit of science: The body uses amino acids to produce the various proteins found in our tissues and cells.
L. Proline is one of the 20 active amino acids found in the proteins of our body. L. Proline is a true precursor of collagen fibers:
“When Proline and Hydroxyproline reach the cells, they recompose themselves to manufacture the structuring collagen that helps consolidate the underpinnings of connective tissue.”
Thus L. Proline plays a role in skin’s architecture and tone and, in major burn victims, it is extensively involved in rebuilding dermal tissue.
Developing a Cosmetic Formula
After observing the effectiveness of this active ingredient on serious burns, I wanted to test its effectiveness on my skin. Hence the idea of creating a cosmetic product formulated with L. Proline.
The result was so spectacular on my skin and on my skin scars caused by acne that I wanted the whole planet to benefit….
I quickly approached a pharmaceutical laboratory to formulate a range of face and body products with no target age group. The treatments would be used by the whole family to diminish scars, scratch marks, burns and scrapes as well as to fight the effects of time through its role as an activator of our own natural collagen.
To make L. Proline bioavailable in the skin, PROLAGENE Energising Gel was formulated under pH conditions that could enable it to be used with ionisation or ionospheres and with all electrode devices.
1974: A PROLAGENE Range Is Launched
In 1974 DECLÉOR put the PROLAGENE range on the market; an indispensable product for our support fibers and the answer to all the minor irritations our skin suffers over the course of a lifetime.
A small revolution at the time! Restorative, firming and suitable for the whole family
By helping to rebuild collagen, Prolagene Energising Gel strengthens the structure of support fibres.
It thus assists in the correction of any embarrassing flaws and assorted marks on the skin.
It is also a crucial ally in fighting the sagging of certain body parts that comes with age: lip contour, area under the upper arms, inside of thighs, neckline, stretch marks, etc.
In addition to its remarkable cosmetic properties, it has become an essential product for all the family. Men, children – the whole family – like PROLAGENE Energising Gel, whose “power” is part of the cosmetic “arsenal” that is indispensable in treating certain skin imperfections.
Did You Know?
Cosmetic formulations are created through rigorous preparation, similar to a recipe from a world-renowned chef.
And nothing in cosmetics is more challenging than formulating a cosmetic gel: a transparent, bubble-free texture. The non-sticky PROLAGENE Energising Gel was achieved with technological expertise and can be mixed into a beauty cream, a body lotion, a mask, or incorporated into spa treatments, thus offering a tailor-made solution that delivers firming, regenerative actions that complement any treatment.
The active formula in PROLAGENE seems simple because the product contains just two ingredients: L. Proline and absolute osmanthus, a yellow flower chosen for its 2,000-year history, its deliciously fruity fragrance and its unique harvesting in China.
My Greatest Love Story…. in Cosmetics:
This product undoubtedly earned the highest possible honour thanks to the following story, which is Oscar-worthy.
During my travels and specifically in SINGAPORE, a man came to see me; he had serious burns over a large portion of his body and face.
Our agent wanted to introduce me to the product’s biggest consumer.
This man had travelled 60 km by moped to thank me in person.
I was standing before a physically marked man. And yet one could sense his skin was in the midst of a “robust reconstruction”.
Through an interpreter, he wanted to share with me that his skin was linked to this product and beg me never to stop making it. He even told me that this product would bring me good fortune…
He moved me with his gratefulness and his eyes brimming with hope. To tell you the truth, I could not immediately find the words, the word or phrase that he was waiting for….
But it was my place to thank him for his story, which was as unexpected as it was convincing of the effectiveness of this cosmetic product.
One’s actions in moments like these are so precious as to become unforgettable!
PROLAGENE Energising Gel is like me, it is still here…. We both have the same number of years of service at the Decléor Laboratories
Today PROLAGENE Energising Gel is sold from mother to daughter and by word of mouth, as it has been for nearly 40 years. Thanks to our researchers and teams of scientists at the Shiseido Group, the family is growing with the addition of our NEW PROLAGENE Lift Collection.
The range has become a “life insurance policy” for the firmness of our faces and bodies.
Credit: Paris, 28 January 2013 SD