» Payot – Beauty in motion

» 1913 – 1925 A Revelation

In 1913, Nadia Gregorovna was one of the first female doctors to graduate from the Lausanne School of Medicine. Some time after her marriage to Edmond Payot, an engineer by training, the couple began to travel abroad. It’s in Argentina where she continues her researches by helping population’s stroke by poverty and disease. During a trip to New York in 1917, she discovered the first beauty institutes and made the life-changing acquaintance of the famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. This meeting proved to be a real revelation. Struck by the difference between the youthful appearance of the dancer’s body and the signs of aging on her face, Dr Payot developed a beauty philosophy based on movement, facial “physical culture” (exercise), and essential skin care products.

» 1920 – 1950 Creative Development

In 1920, the Payots settled in Paris. Nadia created her first products – Golden Rays cleanser and Crèmes N° 1 and N° 2 in her kitchen. Convinced that these products alone were not enough, she developed her first beauty recommendations and exercises. In 1925, Dr Payot opened her first beauty institute on Richepanse Street in Paris. She later published “Physical Culture for the Face and Neck”, which described seven massage techniques and four exercises. She further established her philosophy in two books and introduced her beauty care credo: cleanse, nourish and stimulate. The steadily growing success of her approach prompted her to move her business to 10 de la Castiglione Street in 1937. She expanded her range by developing products specific to each skin type and each problem: dehydration, sensitivity, lack of vitality, lack of radiance and small irritations. In 1947, she decided to teach her method to others and opened the first beauty therapy school, and she rapidly became a major figure in the cosmetology field.

» 1950 – 1966 Passing On Knowledge

Nadia left the management of the company to her husband while she devoted herself to passing on her philosophy through her school. She became widely recognized for her precise diagnostics and treatments, and perfected the concept of her famous “42-Movement Facial Protocol”. Dr Payot traveled all over the world and her avant-garde vision met with enormous success. Fluent in French, Spanish, English, German and Russian, she gave presentations in the host country’s language, commenting on demonstrations given by beauty therapists. Dr Payot was always observant, from her childhood to her last days. She was a generous, warm person who passionately strived for balance between mind and body. Dr Nadia Payot died on Christmas night 1966, but her pioneering spirit lives on in the PAYOT brand.

The PAYOT Research & Development Centre, which brings together dermatologists, pharmacists, chemists, and drug form specialists, has now created a true Dermo-Cosmetics centre. In continuous contact with experts in biology, biochemistry, biotechnologies, bioengineering, and clinical research, it is an enthusiastic team of true experts in their fields. Together, they decipher the secrets of the skin and mysteries of the cells to develop treatments that respond to real beauty issues. Following a quality charter and controls, each development stage is based on strong ethics that inspire and dictate our commitments:


The claims listed on the treatments are always proven through clinical or effectiveness tests conducted by dermatologists to guarantee effectiveness in accordance with the indications.

» TOLERANCE Commitment

All treatments are formulated with ingredients rigorously selected through toxicological assessment and tested under usage conditions to guarantee the widest tolerance.


All treatments are developed with a concern for sensorial characteristics and pleasure of use: the comfort of carefully developed textures and subtle doses of very feminine scents are used to offer the best-quality selective care products.