Beauty trends have their time in the spotlight but it’s hard to forget the “vampire facial”, even after three years.
This blood plasma facial well and truly stopped everyone in their tracks, especially when a bloody-faced Kim Kardashian took to Instagram to show the immediate after-effects of the bespoke treatment. It rocketed Dr Barbara Sturm into the limelight and what followed next left her with an immense (read: impossible) waitlist, elevating her from being a mere whisper shared between beauty editors and celebrities to being the skincare messiah of the 21st century.
With a big focus on cellular skincare, the German orthopedic surgeon turned molecular cosmetics scientist isn’t afraid of disrupting the industry with radical solutions. If you don’t want to draw blood, there’s always her Molecular Cosmetics skincare line. Long a top shelf staple amongst the likes of Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajowski, and Victoria Beckham, the non-surgical, anti-aging products have become all the rage in Hollywood and beyond, mostly because they actually work miracles.
The clean line has no harmful ingredients, mineral oils or fragrances, and they’re non-toxic, mostly vegan (save for the beeswax-based lip balm), and animal cruelty-free. Once only available online or at her clinic in Düsseldorf, these chic bottles of miracle workers are now available at her first pop-up store in Singapore, or via a dedicated website for local purchases.
Here’s what you need to pick up when you visit.
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This two-in-one cleansing foam and exfoliator comes in a finely-grained powder form and transforms into a slightly gritty but gentle foam. The formula — which contains a collection of enzymes and ascorbic acid — cleanses and remove dead skin, makeup, pollution and other impurities from pores at the end of a long day. It’ll also help free the skin from excess sebum while keeping it hydrated, making it ideal for oily, combination, and blackhead-prone skin.
Created to balance the skin’s delicate pH while removing any remaining residue from makeup and excess oil, this toner promises to increase the efficacy of its other products by priming the skin with innovative ingredients such as Sugar Biovector, Beta-Glucan and Panthenol. Besides supporting and soothing the protective acid mantle of the skin, the product is also a great introduction to the brand’s star ingredient, purslane extract, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredient that accelerates the healing of damaged skin.
Easily the star of her entire skincare line, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s take on the hyaluronic serum stands out for its optimal concentration of both low- and-high weighted hyaluronic molecules. Unlike many others in the market, this goes beyond surface hydration, allowing the product to penetrate deeper in the skin layers to fill out wrinkles and and signs of ageing and dehydration in the long run. Purslane extract also infused into the skin-plumping formula for a good dose of vitamins A, C, E, and omega-3 fatty acids for better overall skin health. It’s pricey yes, but as with every premium skincare product, a little goes a long way here, so a 100ml bottle will last you a while.
Designed to give your skin that extra boost after travelling, sun exposure, or after being subjected to face masks all day, this deeply hydrating face mask is formulated with purslane to calm the skin, as well as aloe vera and chamomile to infuse moisture deep within. Kaolin — aka ‘China Clay’ — is also included to leave the skin feeling silky-soft. The twice-a-week affair only needs to be left on for 10 minutes before washing off or, for a more intensive treatment, left on until it’s dried before peeling off in gentle motions.
Formulated with purslane, skullcap and shea butter, this fast-absorbing and lightweight moisturiser was designed to infuse your skin with all the antioxidants it needs, especially when you’re snoozing. Because everyone’s skin has different needs, Dr. Barbara Sturm has formulated variations of this product, which include the Face Cream Light — a lighter formula moisturizer suitable for warmer climates or those with normal to oily skin types — and the Darker Skin Tones Face Cream, which includes radiance boosting Lumicol and Magnolia and African Whitewood extracts to refine pores and boost hydration.
If dull skin is your biggest concern, you should give this makeup-skincare hybrid a try. Formulated to literally give you extra glow whenever you need it, Glow Drops is a blend of vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, and Wild Rose extract to plump the skin from within. Polygonum Bistorta Root is also included for its potent anti-aging properties, ensuring that you’re always being nourished from within. This serum does, however, have fine optical pigments that lend an instant shimmer to the skin, although they’re finely milled enough to pass off as a lit-from-within glow.