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Dr. Barbara Sturm: Everything You Need To Know About The Celebrity-Obsessed Luxe Skincare Brand

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Anyone and everyone who considers themselves a skincare enthusiast today know of Dr. Barbara Sturm. Credited as the pioneers of the famous ‘Vampire Facial’ which featured on Kim K’s Instagram, she went on to develop her famous ‘MC1’— a bespoke plasma-based cream only available to Dr. Sturm’s patients, back in 2002. The potent cream harnesses the power of the body’s own proteins in a skin-healing formula to address the visible signs of inflammation. The rest they say is history!

Today one of the most sought-after aesthetic doctors in the world, Dr Barbara Sturm drew on two decades of anti-inflammatory research and practice to create her high performance, ingredient science-focused skin care regimens. The three pillars of Dr. Sturm’s skincare philosophy to achieve the #SturmGlow are: fundamental nutrition/hydration, healing the skin matrix rather than harming it with aggressive approaches, and reducing the visible signs of irritation. Building on her platform of product performance and innovation, Dr. Sturm launched a full skincare range in 2014.

As her eponymous brand finally launches in India, we give you an insight to her journey that changed the perception of skincare worldwide; plus, a round-up of her bestselling products for the skin of your dreams!

The journey

Dr. Sturm began her medical career in orthopaedics as part of the team that developed cutting-edge treatments for inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis. Termed the ‘Kobe Procedure’ after patient and NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant, the treatment utilizes the patient’s own blood cells to produce proteins that reduce inflammation and stimulate the healing process. Dr. Sturm then translated science from her clinical research and orthopaedic practice into the field of aesthetics. As she continued to innovate and revolutionize the field, she became one of the most sought-after beauty doctors in the world.

What Makes Dr. Barbara Sturm Different?

The fact that the innovative doctor and skincare founder has pushed the boundaries— combining science with nature to avoid results through harsh ingredients and aggressive treatments. There is a wellness approach that treats the skin as a vital organ, with respect and kindness. The result? Glowy, healthy and beautiful skin.

Skincare Philosophy

The complete Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics line is formulated for those who yearn for an uncomplicated yet highly effective skincare regime that provides hydration, nutrition, and regeneration glow. Innovative ingredient science is at the core of Dr. Sturm’s line—potent, key-ingredients that have been widely clinically studied for their properties and efficacy.

  • Driven by cutting-edge ingredient science
  • A philosophy of healing rather than acting aggressively towards the skin
  • Free of synthetic fragrances & harsh preservatives
  • Suitable for all skin types, Dr. Sturm created innovative inclusive regimens for diverse skin types and needs
  • Provides the #SturmGlow to previously stressed skin by returning skin to its healthy glow

Know The Superfood Ingredient: Purslane

The heart of almost every product is the natural extract of Purslane, an anti-aging ingredient often referred to as the ‘fountain of youth drug’. A powerful antioxidant. it also reduces visible signs of irritation on the skin.

Bestselling Products From Dr. Barbara Sturm.

1. Enzyme Cleanser

Your search for a potent cleanser stops right here. Try the Enzyme Cleanser, a 2-in-1 cleansing foam and exfoliator which deeply but gently cleanses—and is ideal for oily and combination skin. When mixed with water, the fine-grained powder transforms into a soft foam, while a collection of enzymes work together to remove dry and dead skin, makeup, pollutants, and other impurities from pores. Result: Fresh, smooth and revitalized skin.

2. Hyaluronic Serum

This one is the most fundamental creation in Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare line. Packed with an optimal concentration of low and high weighted Hyaluronic Molecules, it provides instant hydration at the surface and deeper skin layers. How? The low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid penetrates deeper skin layers—leaving skin feeling firmer, refreshed and visibly more radiant for the long term. High weight Hyaluronic Molecules provide immediate intensive hydration to the surface layers of the skin. It’s also the perfect travel companion after exposure to the sun and the elements, as Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse, reduces the appearance of the visible signs of irritation.

3. Darker Skin Tones Face Cream

What makes this product a winner? The fact that it has been tailored to the precise skin health needs of darker skin tones in normal, combination or oily skin types! Boasting of powerhouse ingredients such as Extracts of Magnolia and Enantia Chlorantha, Purslane and Lumicol, (which comes from Microalgae) it works extra hard to refine pores, reduce sebum, provide intense hydration and boost radiance. Not to forget the active ingredient Telovitin, that confers additional anti-aging benefits and boosts the function and health of the skin.

4. Glow Drops

Our favourite cheat sheet to glowy, shimmery skin? The Glow Drops from Dr. Barbara Sturm ofcourse. Enriched with powerful, skin-loving ingredients such as Polygonum Bistorta Root, Wild Rose Extract, Purslane & Hyaluronic Acid, it optimizes skin tone, reduces the visible signs of irritation, replenishes moisture, plumps the skin, refines pores etc. leaving you with a natural, healthy #SturmGlow whenever you need it. PS: Don’t miss the optical pigments which provide an instant shimmer to your complexion.

5. Anti-Pollution Drops

This magic elixir does exactly what it says it does: protects your skin from particulate pollution and the often-overlooked danger of blue light from our electronic screens—AKA digital pollution. Infused with a special Skin Protect Complex, with extracts derived from Marine Microorganisms, it helps strengthen the skin’s defence against urban pollution and signs of atmospheric skin aging. Plus, Cocoa Seed Extract builds a protective shield on the skin so HEV light can't penetrate through. Add to cart stat!

6. Face Mask

This deeply hydrating Face Mask is perfect for travelling, after exposure to sun or whenever your skin needs an instant moisture boost. The hero ingredients: Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse that helps calm the skin and reduces visible signs of irritation; soothing Aloe Vera and Chamomile infuse the skin with moisture while Kaolin, leaves your complexion feeling silky soft and supple. Love.

7. Brightening Face Lotion

If dullness has been your major skin concern, try the Brightening Face Lotion, a 24-hour light moisturizer which helps to even out skin tone, plus gradually minimizes visible signs of pigmentation. A special extract of Cress Sprouts Extract helps brighten the skin and diminish uneven skin tone. Hyaluronic Acid provides intensive moisture, while Ginseng Extract and Vitamin E help supports the skin's protection against free radical, environmental stressors. Light-reflecting mineral pigments provide an instant glow to the complexion.

8. Calming Serum

This one is a best-seller for a reason. Enriched with an active, plant-based complex of Cardiospermum, Echium, and Sunflower, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Calming Serum calms and rebalances irritated skin (Re: Purslane, an anti-aging powerhouse helps calm the skin and reduce visible signs of irritation). Hence, it’s perfect for soothing your complexion after sun exposure, shaving, sleep loss, jet lag, air conditioning or environmental pollution. PS: When used over time this serum strengthens the skin’s natural defences minimizing the skin’s sensitized reaction.

Check out the entire collection from Dr. Barbara Sturm here.

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