Skin behaves differently while we're asleep. Dr. Barbara Sturm's dreamy new overnight treatment gives it the (firming, plumping, toning) support it needs to repair and rejuvenate at its best.
Written By ANNIE TOMLIN
In the six years since launching her eponymous range of skin care, German physician Dr. Barbara Sturm has become one of the world’s best-known aesthetics experts. Her skill with nonsurgical youth-preserving treatments, not to mention her scientifically rigorous serums and creams, has won admirers like Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angela Bassett, and literally dozens of other women who not-so-coincidentally have radiant, smooth, dewy skin.
Dr. Sturm’s deepest interest—some might call it a healthy obsession—involves researching how to maximize the body’s own healing abilities in boundary-pushing ways. (You know how everyone is talking about PRP or platelet-rich plasma? You have Dr. Sturm’s pioneering MC1 “blood cream” to thank for that.) Her latest focus is beauty sleep, which sounds a bit gauzy…until you learn that our skin cells actually behave much, much differently while we’re in Dreamland.
Here’s the gist: While we sleep, our skin shifts into regeneration and repair mode, working to reduce inflammation and produce more of the collagen and growth hormone that makes skin look bouncy and young. Simultaneously, the body produces less cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone” that triggers signs of aging, breakouts, and other complexion woes. And with a little support and prodding from certain heavily researched ingredients, these rejuvenating processes can do even more.
Enter the new Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum, a lightweight elixir formulated with high-performance ingredients that is precisely engineered to maximize this nightly renewal process. Not all versions of an ingredient are created equal, by the way. Take, for instance, the proprietary hyaluronic acid in the Night Serum. Molecularly balanced to deliver a steady stream of moisture throughout the night, it feels like nothing despite being a hydration powerhouse. Similarly, another heavy-hitting ingredient is purslane, a plant extract with intense anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties that helps skin renew itself faster. And Poria cocos extract, a mushroom-derived healing compound used in traditional Chinese medicine, prevents collagen breakdown to keep skin firm and resilient. All together, these ingredients work synergistically to support the skin’s natural renewal activities.
As you sleep, you’re resting while your skin is working. So think of Night Serum as you would with a booster for a post-workout smoothie: a healthy little addition to support recovery, encourage peak performance, and help achieve the best possible results. In this case, you can expect plumper, firmer, more even-toned skin with regular use of the Night Serum—while looking forward to an ever-fresher face, morning after morning after morning.
“My skin felt intensely hydrated, plumped, and smooth after one use.” —GRACE AHN, Makeup Artist
“This serum is hydrating and very lightweight, like an aloe gel. It’s nice for adding extra moisture, especially for oily or combination skin types.” —MAI QUYNH, Makeup Artist
“After using the night serum for a week, my skin felt so hydrated and the tone was much more even.” —MISHA SHAHZADA, Makeup Artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, the Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.