This top Geneva-based aesthetic dermatologist heads one of Europe’s most prestigious private practices and he is driven by one obsession:


As the first private doctor in Switzerland to have introduced aesthetic Anti-Wrinkle Injections, pain-free hyaluronic acid as well as CO2 laser resurfacing Dr. Phillip Levy has paved the way with innovative procedures producing breakthrough results – and all this with no surgery.

To complement the extraordinary clinical results he already achieves with botulinum toxin, hyaluronic acid injections and laser treatments, Dr. Phillip Levy has searched for the most powerful cosmeceutical ingredients to naturally firm, plump and smooth skin.

With the discovery of dermal stem cells in 2009 (the cells ultimately responsible for creating and maintaining the fibroblast-collagen-elastin matrix) Dr. Phillip Levy could finally harness the skin’s very own anti-wrinkle system to target aging at its source.



Based on one of the most important recent anti-aging discoveries – the dermal stem cells reservoir – Dr. LEVY Switzerland® contains the revolutionary patented ArganCellActiv® complex, a combination of 10 ultra potent anti-aging & hydrating molecules. In particular, it exclusively includes Argan CDV, a plant-derived stem cell activator scientifically proven to vitalize dermal stem cells1- the source of the skin’s natural wrinkle fighting cells.

The Bottle:

The Booster Cream and Serum are packed in advanced airless technology dispensers that protect the ultra-potent ArganCellActiv® formula from air and maintain the treatment’s exceptional anti-aging properties.

How they work; The science behind the results



What’s behind skin aging? Worn-out, tired stem cells. That’s one of the scientifically proven causes of chronological aging. With time, stem cells in both the epidermis and the dermis weaken; there are fewer collagen and elastin fibers and decreased amounts of hyaluronic acid. As a result, skin becomes dry, thinner, and less plump. And wrinkles start to appear.


“You might not remember how your skin was 20 years ago, but your stem cells certainly do.”

Cells are like a time machine: they not only remember their youth, but that can actually go back in time. The potential is in your cells; all they need is a gentle wake-up call.

This is what French scientists successfully proved in 2011, when they turned age-worn skin cells in people over 90 – including a centenarian – into rejuvenated stem cells indistinguishable from those in embryos. Not only did they prove that aging is reversible, but they demonstrated that the key to turn back time was already present within our own cells.

For decades, skin specialists have considered dermal stem cells to be the Holy Grail to stop – and reverse – skin aging. This is because dermal stem cells are the mother cells of fibroblasts, the skin’s natural factory of those essential anti-wrinkle fighters: collagen & elastin.

Yet, treating dermal stem cells remained a dream until 2009 when their “reservoirs” were finally discovered by a team of Canadian scientists (Cells Stem Cells, Dec 2009).

With this discovery, Dr. Phillip Levy knew he now had at his reach the tools necessary to revolutionize anti-aging skin treatments, the same way Botox® and pain-free hyaluronic acid transformed aesthetic medicine.


Dr. LEVY Switzerland® works. Its supercharged ArganCellActiv® complex contains exclusively ArganCDV, a plant-derived stem cell extract scientifically proven to boost the vitality of dermal stem cells1. – The source of the skin’s natural wrinkle fighting cells. Combined with epidermal stem cell activators and 9 other concentrated anti-aging ingredients, Dr. LEVY Switzerland® helps vitalize the skin’s own regenerating system, for a visibly smoother, more youthful & radiant looking skin.


Within 8 weeks, clinical results show:

  • Skin density improves over 12%
  • Wrinkle depth decreases by up to 26%

Frequently asked questions

Are all stem cells the same? Where are they in the skin?

Each individual organ of the body has its own specific adult stem cells. The skin, for example, is not one unit as many people think but is comprised of two different layers, the outer Epidermis and the inner Dermis. Therefore, it has two distinct populations of adult stem cells: epidermal stem cells and dermal stem cells.

Although the dermis is the important layer of the skin where all the collagen & elastin are manufactured, the exact location in the skin of the dermal stem cells’ reservoir was very hard to find and was only recently discovered in December 2009.

What do stem cells do?

Stem cells regenerate and repair the skin and they are fundamental in keeping skin young. Epidermal stem cells regenerate the outer epidermis layer and dermal stem cells regenerate the skin’s fibroblasts, those ‘factory-cells’ which produce the collagen & elastin, two of the most important natural wrinkle-fighters in the skin!

As we get older, what is the influence of age on the skin’s stem cells?

It is proven that the activity and “quality” of skin stem cells deteriorates with time and that the stem cells become ‘tired and worn-out’. This is considered one of the most important causes of ageing skin and of the appearance of wrinkles.

Whether the number of skin stem cells decreases with age or not is not certain. However the decreasing activity of skin stem cells is universally recognized as a major source of skin losing its youthful appearance and therefore boosting our skin stem cells’ activity is believed necessary to both stopping as well as reversing skin aging.

When does the activity of stem cells start to decrease?

There is still no exact answer to this question. Yet, since the aging process starts at approximately 20 years old, one can postulate that stem cells also start to age at around 20 years old.

Some dermatologists claim that we can reverse the skin cells aging process. Is this true?

Research on this topic is relatively recent and still ongoing, yet the data strongly points to a clear yes. Whether in the skin, the heart or other organs, scientists have recently proved that stem cells have an extraordinary capacity to repair damage; regenerate tissue and those stem cells can themselves be rejuvenated. As recently as November 2011, French scientists had been able, in vitro; to make 101 year-old skin cells indistinguishable from those of newborns.

What products or treatments can help to activate stem cells in my skin?

Scientifically speaking, to properly demonstrate activation of the skin’s stem cells, different ingredients would have to be rigorously laboratory tested against a pool of human dermal stem cells (harvested simply by miniscule biopsies). This sophisticated and complicated laboratory process has only been available since December 2009, and precisely, Dr. LEVY Switzerland® Booster Serum & Cream are the world’s 1st cosmetics with an ingredient, ArganCDV proven to activate & vitalize human dermis stem cells in vitro.

Why has it taken so long to find a dermal stem cell activator like ArganCDV?

Because the stem cells’ reservoirs exact location in the dermis was only formally proven in late 2009 by Canadian researchers (Cell Stem Cell, Dec. 2009). And you can only test an ingredient to see if it activates dermal stem cells if you have previously isolated these target cells to test them against. In partnership with laboratories in Switzerland, we were able to do just that by isolating and then multiplying human dermal stem cells using the sophisticated techniques described by the Canadian university researchers. We then tested a battery of plant-derived ingredients (we wanted to avoid all animal and human extracts) against them and discovered that the stem cell extracts from the roots of the Argan tree (not Argan oil) was the best activator & vitalizer of human dermal stem cells. As well, ArganCDV is the most active and deeply penetrating of the Argan root stem cell extracts!

As an important side note, I believe that animal & human derived stem cells are potentially dangerous as purveyors of germs, viruses, immune-reactive proteins, etc. and that they should be avoided in cosmetics.

Other cosmetic brands have already launched creams that they claim can activate and protect stem cells in skin. What is so special, new and revolutionary about your products?

The secret lies in the dermis: our exclusive, patented formula, ArganCellActiv®, stimulates both dermal & epidermal stem cell activators together!

This makes  Dr. LEVY Switzerland® treatments the first cosmetics available in the world with an exclusive ingredient – ArganCDV – which has been proven scientifically to activate & vitalize human dermis stem cells in vitro.

This had never been done before!

Aside from the dermis & epidermis stem cells activators, what does your exclusive ArganCellActiv® complex consist of? How does it work?

ArganCellActiv® is the whole patented formula.

The innovation is proven Dermis + Epidermis stem cell boosters featuring the exclusive Dermal Stem Cell booster ArganCDV.

In addition there are 2 other plant-derived stem cell extracts, which boost the epidermis stem cells.

Finally, the formula includes a cocktail of deeply penetrating active anti-oxidants, vitamins (A+C+E), Omegas, peptides and moisturizing agents. In fact, as for the role of nutrition in fitness program (which needs to be balanced and varied) the skin needs all of these ingredients to maintain a healthy, young foundation in order to assure the optimal activity of all our ingredients.

Does ArganCDV penetrate into the skin?

Yes. In order for ArganCDV to penetrate deeper into the skin it is encapsulated in a specialized double liposome penetrating system.

What is the optimal age for using a cream that activates your own skin stem cells? Will it be too late if I start at 50?

Aging already starts at around 20 years old and theoretically one should start the creams at 20. In reality, we only notice that at 30 years old many patients start to have fine lines and fine wrinkles, especially at the crow’s feet area. However, would 50 years old be too late to start treatment?

Definitely no!

Patients at 50 years old regularly using our Booster Serum and Booster Cream have been amazed at the significant improvement of the texture and smoothness of their skin. As well, independent clinical studies performed on women aged 39-61, have shown that with Argan Stem Cells extracts, skin density can be increased by +12.7% and wrinkle depth decreased by -26.2% after 8 weeks of treatment (Skin Test Institute, Neuchâtel S.A., 2011).

Are there any allergy risks?

Dr. LEVY Switzerland® creams have all been rigorously allergy tested, and the formula has been carefully developed not to include any ingredient with any known important allergy risks.

The Dr. LEVY Switzerland®, cosme-medical skin care regimen includes highly active ingredients within the ArganCellActiv® formula and the skin might appear slightly red (a manifestation of the high activity of the products) at the beginning of the treatment. This has been a rare occurrence and disappears most often very rapidly.