If there was ever a hyaluronic serum I had to try, it’s Dr. Barbara Sturm.
Dr. Barbara Sturm is a big deal in the skincare industry and medical research. She was part of the medical discovery known as the ‘Kobe Procedure’ where a patient’s own blood cells are used to produce proteins to jumpstart the healing process. She decided to apply these principles to develop a much-loved face cream the MC1, which takes your own blood and combines it to make your very own custom face cream. It all sounds a bit vampire-like, but I am so intrigued and would definitely try it if I could.
For those of us that can’t quite afford the $1400 custom ‘blood cream’, myself included, then luckily Dr Sturm in 2014 created her own Molecular Cosmetics skincare line which gives us the chance to sample her genius. The key ingredient for the range is Purslane, which is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. You’ll find uncomplicated formulas and products such as the hyaluronic serum, an anti-ageing serum, plus the popular sun drops and glow drops.
I tried out the glow drops and sun drops on holiday and it is one of the only sunscreens that hasn’t broke out my face with a high SPF 50. I don’t tend to break out in my face at all but sunscreen tends to do this, so I absolutely loved these and also the glow drops which were perfect for that no make-up glow on holiday in summer.
Hyaluronic Acid is a skincare product I use regularly, I have dehydrated skin so I need to keep my skin looking plump and hydrated, so I was excited to try out Dr. Barbara Sturm’s offering. It comes in a glass bottle which I love as not only does it look lovely, this helps to protect the product from the natural elements like sunlight and it also has an easy to dispense pipette. I like this type of bottle as you only need a few drops, it makes it easy to not use too much and at £230 a bottle you really want to make sure you don’t waste any of this product.
Hyaluronic Acid helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent way to keep your skin hydrated. Our own bodies do produce hyaluronic acid but as you get older this declines. Dr Sturm uses both long and short-chain Hyaluronic Acid, the short-chain molecules are able to penetrate deeper into the skin for a longer lasting result whilst the long chain provides a more immediate hydration effect. Used regularly not only will it help improve hydration but also improve the appearance of wrinkles.
I got on well with this product, it applies easily and doesn’t feel like it sits on the skin. I use it alongside something like my Image Skincare Vitamin C Serum and then a moisturiser. I recently felt like my face looked plumper and I was thinking what I’d been testing out and it was this.
Dr. Barbara Sturm has also developed a version of the hyaluronic acid for darker skin tones, which is the first time personally I’ve seen a skincare brand do this.