Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale The Light Cream is an exceptional complete care product, renowned for its effectiveness on the signs of skin ageing and its weightless, non-oily texture. It brings women the best that orchids and science have to offer in terms of skin longevity. Thanks to the discovery of the prodigious powers of a duo of orchids, the new Light Cream helps to effectively combat the visible signs of skin ageing.
Enriched with knotweed extract and two hyaluronic acids, the Light Cream helps the skin to rehydrate itself and recreate its water reserves while strengthening its protective barrier*.
With optimum hydration levels and comfort restored, the skin looks radiant and plump.

*in vitro test on ingredients


Orchidée Impériale fragrance: a floral scent with hints of orchid that blend with notes of rose, white musk and precious cedar wood.

Expert formulas

For 15 years, Guerlain Research has been pushing back the frontiers of cellular longevity. Now it has identified a mechanism that plays a key role in longevity: cellular respiration. More effective thanks to the discovery of the extraordinary powers of a duo of orchids, Cell Respiration? technology delivers superior efficacy at the heart of the skin. It regulates cellular respiration and combats hypoxia* or oxygen deficiency, a phenomenon that develops with age. The cells can breathe again and maximise energy production, which boosts cell regeneration*. Visible signs of ageing are minimised: wrinkles and fine lines fade, the skin regains firmness, density and elasticity, and the complexion is even and more radiant. The skin is infused with a new breath of life.

* In vitro tests on ingredients

Thanks to its strengthening properties, knotweed extract helps regulate water exchange within the skin and helps strengthen the skin’s barrier in order to control its natural evaporation*.

The two hyaluronic acids have a high and low molecular weight respectively, and they work in parallel to rehydrate the skin at every level*. Meanwhile, diamond powder captures luminous energy and reflects it in every direction, mirroring the “facets” of a diamond.
The result is instant, sophisticated radiance.

The Light Cream has an extremely hydrating texture, that is ultra-fine and rich in water. The skin looks plump, radiant and comfortable.


Durably hydrated* and radiant skin**:
Feels hydrated for up to 24 hrs: +32%
Luminosity: +29%

Quality of skin improved**:
Skin appears nourished: +32%
Skin feels softer: +36%

Visible signs of ageing seem minimised:
Wrinkles: -27% ***
Firmness: +24% **



The orchid, a rare and precious raw ingredient, is the very essence of Orchidée Impériale, the exceptional complete care range. A true phenomenon of longevity, the orchid is the most highly developed species in the plant kingdom. Convinced of its outstanding potential, Guerlain has established its first ever research centre dedicated to a single ingredient: the Orchidarium?. Guerlain Research runs three interrelated and complementary centres:
- The Experimental Garden - Geneva (Switzerland)
- The Basic Research Laboratory - Strasbourg (France)
- The Exploratory Nature Reserve - TianZi (Yunnan, China)
Read more about our activities in Yunnan on

Directions for use

Experts at Institut Guerlain have invented an exclusive application method that combines a professional application technique with breathing exercises to optimise the benefits of The Light Cream. Treat yourself to a moment devoted to self-connection and finding inner peace and harmony with this unique sensorial experience.

1- Before application: Breathe deeply & prepare the skin.
Cleanse the skin with Orchidée Impériale Rich Cleansing Foam; then, on dry skin, slowly and firmly press with your fingertips on the following pressure points: chin, corners of the lips, under the nose, between the eyebrows, above the arch of your eyebrows and the temples. Inhale as you press and exhale when you release.

2- Apply The Light Cream: SMOOTH
After applying your lotion and serum, take a small amount of The Light Cream using the spatula and apply to the face with your fingertips, smoothing from the centre of the face outwards: start with the chin, then the cheeks, the forehead and finally the nose.

3- After application: ENERGISE
Make fists with your hands. Place your fists on your cheeks. Firmly rotate upwards while exhaling deeply. Carry out the same movement on the contours of the face, the forehead, the neck and the décolleté, exhaling each time.

Place your left hand on your forehead and your right hand on your right cheek. Slide both hands simultaneously anti-clockwise along the contours of the face. As you move your hands, tilt your head to the left and breathe deeply. Repeat on the other side. Carry out this movement three times.