Jenn Thornton 2016-09-01 12:23:25
Swiss skin care star Jacqueline Piotaz has made her mark with Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland Cosmetics and launched a partnership with Spa Montage in the United States. Life is truly beautiful for Jacqueline Piotaz. As the founder and developer of Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland (JPS) Cosmetics, her Zurich-based luxury brand, Piotaz has combined the principles of Swiss skin care with technology-driven solutions born from passion and rooted to place. Piotaz was born in the Valais region of southwest Switzerland, surrounded by glaciers, rivers and the Matterhorn. The richness of the environment, with its vineyards and flora, would later inspire Piotaz in her future endeavors. “Swiss people take very serious interest in their health and environment,” she explains. Piotaz watched her grandmother regularly douse her skin with cleanser, rose water and creams and accompanied her on scouting trips to mountains in search of healthy ingredients for tea. Given this formative influence, one assumes Piotaz was predestined to pursue beauty. She was, in fact, advised to find professional work in a laboratory. But, itching for exploration of a different sort, Piotaz insisted on traversing the globe as a flight purser and beauty instructor for Swissair, a role that introduced her to a variety of skin stressors and, more crucially, to the realization that paved her eventual path: Taking care of one’s self is essential to healthy, good-looking skin. Piotaz followed this notion straight to the Swiss Bio Research Laboratory, where she decided to use the revolutionary technology of plant stem cells as the foundation for her skin care concept. Her lab work inspired her to combine nature, science and technology in the form of JPS Cosmetics, which was launched in 2012 with the brand’s flagship Triple Plant Stem Cell Plus Collection, containing a revolutionary trio of plant stem cells from the extracts of a rare Swiss apple (Uttwiler Spätlauber), the Gamay grape and the Alpine rose. DOWN TO A SCIENCE Over the years, the company has grown to include a full range of products tailored to address different skin care needs. “For maximum efficacy, each formula is supplemented with high concentrations of the active substances,” Piotaz says. For example, Advanced Cellpower Performance products contain plant stem cell extracts from the argan tree and edelweiss plant, which complement other high-tech, active ingredients for lifting and restructuring, she explains. These components work with an ingredient called DermCom, made of crocus extracts, to “activate cell communication and [create] a multidimensional effect on skin cells to achieve regeneration,” Piotaz adds. Piotaz’s products place a high premium on water source and harnessing the nature of the hinterlands. All make for infusions that meet Swiss standards of innovation and purity— attributes that make JPS Cosmetics exceptionally well suited to the spa scene. In fact, the spas at Montage Hotels & Resorts are the only U.S. outlets offering the brand’s products and treatments, starting with Montage Deer Valley late last year, followed by the resort’s Laguna Beach and Palmetto Bluff properties earlier this year, with Montage Kapalua Bay set to add them in November. MORE THAN SKIN DEEP Piotaz spent years developing the treatments and massages, as part of her three decades in the beauty industry—from earning a master’s degree in beauty to operating her own cosmetic spa, Vanity Medical Aesthetics Center, and consulting. The results of her treatments, she notes, come from “innovative products, modern equipment, the hands and the knowledge of a good therapist, and the consequent home care [that must] go hand in hand.” As future clients seek “a modern approach, sustainability and results,” Piotaz says, JPS Cosmetics is positioning itself to respond. Products utilize crucial Bio High Technology—“one of the most important revolution[s] in the cosmetics field at present,” Piotaz says—and PhytoCellTec, which makes it possible to cultivate cells of endangered and rare species. Piotaz’s place in the beauty industry is as much a credit to her inexhaustible effort as it is to her vision, beliefs and conviction. Her personal beauty secret may be discipline—she does yoga and meditates daily, eats well and seeks inspiration in the natural world—but she defines beauty itself as “the charisma of a person, which you can see and feel.” Someone, in other words, “who feels best in their own skin.” The Luxury Collection To pamper your skin this season, try these five precisely coordinated steps of Jacqueline Piotaz Switzerland Cosmetics essentials, available at most Montage Hotels & Resorts and at jps-cosmetics.com. Providing a gentle, deep cleanse, the PROGRESSIVE CLEANSER from the Triple Plant Stem Cell Plus Collection works to protect cells and encourage cell renewal while increasing cell longevity. The advanced cleansing formula leaves skin feeling fresh and soft, $84.50. The SOFT PEEL TONIC is an energizing two-in- one toner that moisturizes and revitalizes the skin, making it look smoother and firmer. This tonic leaves the skin refreshed and ideally prepared for the skin care steps to follow, $113.50. The ENERGY BOOSTER SERUM is a high-performance product offering instant visible results for noninvasive smoothing, plumping and firming of the skin. The concentrated serum contains ingredients such as organic edelweiss, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B-3, $221.50. A unique eye cream rich in high-quality ingredients such as allantoin, caffeine, D-panthenol, grape seed oil, hyaluronic acid, organic edelweiss and natural vitamin E, the ADVANCED EYE CREAM treats the fine, sensitive and stressed skin around the eyes, $177. The POWER CREAM 24H is an effective day and night cream with the revolutionary combination of three plant stem cells; extracts are obtained through pioneering PhytoCellTec Bio High Technology, leaving skin youthfully plump with a silky-looking radiance, $326.50.
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