barbara sturm
skin trio

Three cult-favorite complexion perfectors, one supercharged set.



The one person supermodels, celebrities, and beauty aficionados all keep on speed dial: Dr. Barbara Sturm. For those who don’t have direct access to the world-renowned aesthetics doctor who jets between her medical clinic in Düsseldorf, Germany and A-list patients all around the globe, there’s her eponymous line of skin care with a fan club of its own (card-carrying members include Hailey Bieber, Emma Roberts, Olivia Culpo, Maria Sharapova, and more).

Dr. Sturm first became famous for her bespoke MC1 moisturizer, commonly referred to as the “blood cream,” which uses proteins extracted from a patient’s plasma to heal the skin. Naturally, this custom concoction comes with a hefty price tag: $1,400. If you don’t have a Cher-sized beauty budget (yet another Dr. Sturm devotee), you can still get in on the action with her Everyday Skin Trio. Exclusive to VIOLET GREY, this trinity of cult-favorite products comes complete with everything needed to create a healthy, radiant complexion.

The first step is her cult-favorite Hyaluronic Serum, a moisture-boosting formula loaded with long- and short-chain hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich purslane to smooth and firm skin. Follow this serum with the Face Cream, a lightweight hydrator containing skullcap extract, purslane, and vegetable lipids that support the skin’s natural renewal process. In the A.M., finish with Sun Drops, a lightweight, broad-spectrum SPF 50 infused with cassia extract, vitamin E, and beta-glucan. Altogether, this trio leaves skin dewy while defending against UV damage and other environmental aggressors. Even better: you don’t have to sacrifice your blood (or an entire paycheck) to get that Hollywood glow.


“If you haven’t tried Dr. Sturm’s products before, this is the best way to road test! You’ll find everything you need to keep your skin plumped and protected.” —Lori Young, Makeup Artist

“I’m a huge fan of hyaluronic acid. This serum keeps skin supple and hydrated, making it a great addition to any skin care regimen.” —Carola Gonzalez, Makeup Artist  

“The face cream is so moisturizing and full of my favorite ingredients, including redness-reducing purslane. It’s the kind of formula that soaks into skin quickly but still gives you a beautiful, non-greasy glow.” —Monika Blunder, Makeup Artist


As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the exclusive Dr. Barbara Sturm Everyday Skin Trio reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added them to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.


The VIOLET CODE is a process and set of standards by which VIOLET GREY’s committee of beauty industry experts and influencers separate hero products from the tens of thousands of options available to you on the market. The result is a curation that is truly the best in beauty from those who know best.