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In 1958, the cosmetics industry as we know it was in its infancy. This was the year Pierre Darphin, a refined Parisian kinesiotherapist with a deep understanding of the science of skincare, beauty rituals and an intuitive sense of how women wanted to be pampered, created the Darphin Institute and skincare line. His passion for research was matched by his instinct for what makes a woman feel cared for, even indulged, and he passed along these skills during intensive training sessions with his aestheticians. Darphin believed that beauty and well-being were inextricably linked, and in order to design the most effective and personalised treatment, beyond the extrenal appearance of her skin, he analysed a woman's lifestyle and habits.