Our Origin Story: As told by CEO, Ada Polla
Alchimie Forever does not exist because a consultant ran focus groups, identified white space in the market, raised some money, and created a business.
Alchimie Forever exists because my father is a softie and can’t stand to see children suffer.
Alchimie Forever exists because 30+ years ago, my father couldn’t find the perfect product to help heal the skin of his young patients post procedure.
Let me tell you our “origin story.” (Thanks, Marc Ross, for teaching me this terminology.)
My father opened his dermatology practice in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986, and was the first dermatologist to offer pulsed dye laser technology to treat children suffering from Port Wine Stains and hemangiomas. Parents brought their children from near and far to have Dad erase these debilitating birthmarks, an endeavor that required numerous treatments over a period of months, sometimes years.
I was already working with my father back then (at the front desk) and I remember hearing the children crying from the pain, as the laser treatment created heat and discomfort, redness and inflammation, and a burning sensation. And if there is something my father can’t stand, it is a child in pain (he switched his medical specialization from pediatrics to dermatology after realizing he could not handle seeing terminally ill children). He needed a product to help make them feel better – to help heal their skin.
Not finding the right product, he created his own “recipe.” He would send his patients’ parents to a neighborhood pharmacy with a compounding prescription, the pharmacist would whip up a magical product in little white jars right there and then, and the child would stop crying. The prescription was for what is known today as our Kantic Brightening moisture mask. This compounded product, meant to help heal the kids’ skin post procedure, smelled so good that the mothers ended up also using it, and asking for more at the follow-up appointment: “it makes my skin glow,” they would say. For their convenience, we ended up “pre-making” the product.
One product led to another, and to another, and finally to the brand that became Alchimie Forever.
Alchimie Forever exists because of what is still our hero product, our Kantic Brightening moisture mask.
Long before this mask had a name, it had a loyal following.
Long before we had a brand, we had skin care solutions.
Long before we had a business, we had a mission.
The inspiration behind Alchimie Forever is two-fold, beginning with Dr. Barbara Polla’s idea that taking care of one’s skin should be viewed as an essential ritual instead of a chore, telling her four daughters that “looking good, means feeling good, means doing good.” This belief established itself as the brand’s philosophy, strengthened by Dr. Luigi Polla’s use of lasers, which led to his keen understanding that how a person looks is vitally important to their overall well-being. Alchimie Forever blends both doctors’ appreciation for skincare as a ritual and their expertise in anti-aging to provide an at-home / at-spa experience unlike any other.
Looking good. Means feeling good. Means doing good.
Dr. Luigi Polla is a world-renowned dermatologist recognized as the first medical doctor to introduce pulsed dye laser technology to Europe. His pioneering treatment of children suffering from skin issues such as hemangiomas and port wine stains eventually led to the use of pulsed dye laser technology in the aesthetic treatment of adults.
Dr. Barbara Polla is a biomedical researcher specializing in internal medicine, pneumology, immuno-allergy and anti-aging technologies. Her extensive work with heat shock (stress) proteins, the oxidant/ antioxidant balance and iron chelation, published in 150+ peer-reviewed medical journals, is the foundation of our anti-aging product formulation.
In 1997, Dr. Barbara and Dr. Luigi Polla combined their knowledge of and passion for healthy, youthful skin by establishing the first fully integrated European medical day spa known as the Forever Institut. This became the starting point for Alchimie Forever, manifested through Dr. Luigi Polla’s earliest personalized formulations to ensure optimal rejuvenation results for his patients, both immediately post-procedure and at-home.