In the Spotlight

In The Spotlight: Darphin

Built on the belief that every woman can have beautiful skin, Darphin have been transforming the complexion of women everywhere for over 50 years. Originating in Paris, this innovative brand were the first to introduce the concept of ‘whole body’ treatments. We uncover the history behind the brand and take a look at some of their cult products…

The History of Darphin

Originating in 1958, Darphin revolutionised beauty with their exclusive skin-sculpting techniques, sensory experiences and customised skin analyses. Founded by Parisian kinesiotherapist, Pierre Darphin whose motivation for the brand came from his desire to encompass the innovative and developmental processes of the Parisian beauty industry, this forward-thinking brand brought together cosmetologists, massage therapists, manicure experts and other professionals with the goal of giving clients the most all-encompassing treatments possible.


Darphin Vendôme Insitute – Paris

Known for his strong opinions, high standards and unwavering insistence on the most conscientious care, Pierre Darphin continually set new standards for cosmetic services. When the first “Institut de Beauté” opened in Paris, he continued to revolutionise the beauty industry changing his focus from adopting pre-existing processes to creating innovative products. More than 50 years later,  it is this fierce perfectionism, selectivity and passionate attention to detail that resulted in the successful creation of every Darphin product.

The Darphin Philosophy

A firm believer that beauty treatments require a specific massage technique to enhance their delivery into skin, Pierre Darphin strived to develop a highly innovative protocol, which remains at the very heart of all their beauty treatments today. Dedicated to the use of natural botanicals, Darphin incorporate one ingredient at a time into their products in order to release their potency and preserve their integrity.


At the core of the brand is the belief that every application should be a joyful, uplifting experience. Giving the most personalised attention, the brand invite you to indulge and reward with the promise of perfect performance that delivers flawless results. A passion for perfection and a love for what they do makes up the art of formulation at Darphin.

The Favourites:

An elegant juxtaposition between traditional and modern, the Darphin range combines the finest natural ingredients with the most innovative technologies and expertise to bring to you luxurious products that offer time for self-indulgence as well as visible results…

Darphin Hydraskin Light

What’s in it?

Formulated with Kiwi extract and vital essence of Mamaku, this innovative cream works to deeply nourish dehydrated and tired skin. Working to target the deepest level, skin will instantly feel comforted, soothed and softened. Suitable for all skin types, this lightweight gel cream protects and replenishes skins vital moisture whilst simultaneously boosting skin cell regeneration for an overall improved complexion.

When to use: Use daily as part of your normal skin routine.

Expert Tip: Apply a small amount to the face, neck and décolleté and massage gently in upward motions.

Darphin Hydraskin Serum

What’s in it?

Designed to smooth, soften and restore comfort and radiance to skin, the Hydraskin serum works to deeply hydrate dry and brittle skin for a replenished complexion. Its exclusive complex of sodium hyaluronate, pomegranate extract, elm root and imperata cylindrical works to restore vital moisture into the skin. Skin will be left soft, supple and glowing with health.

When to use: To be used as part of your daily skincare routine, follow with your favourite moisturiser.

Expert Tip: Apply a small amount to your face, neck and décolleté and massage gently in an upwards motion.

Darphin Purifying Balm

What’s in it?

Suitable for all skin types, the Purifying Balm from Darphin is an overnight treatment that works to target imperfections, and repair damaged tissue in the skin. Infused with thyme and lavender to soothe and purify the complexion and geranium and tea tree to detoxify and heal the skin, this nourishing balm will leave you with a smoother, softer and glowing complexion.

When to use: Use as the last step in your normal skincare routine, leave overnight and remove any excess upon wakening.

Expert Tip: Warm a small amount of the balm in the palms of your hands to aid distribution and massage gently into your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck with gentle downward motions and leave overnight.

Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask

What’s in it?

A cooling and soothing treatment for the delicate eye area, this Eye Sorbet Mask from Darphin will refresh and hydrate tired eyes. Japanese Green Tea Extract, Cucumber and fresh Watermelon work to soothe and soften the contour area giving eyes a brighter, revitalised appearance.

When to use? Use daily as part of your night time skin routine.

Expert Tip: Pump once onto fingertips and lightly apply tracing a figure of eight around the eye.



Wellness Expert