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Dr. BARBARA
STURM

The doctor who invented the “Vampire Facial” knows incredible skincare. In this VIOLET FILE, she takes us through her namesake line (and why you should be using it!) and her other all-time-favorite products she has added to THE BAG.


Photography ByMARCUS COOPER

Live from VIOLET AT YOUR SERVICE, we are shopping for DR. BARBARA STURM, namesake founder of the revolutionary skin care line that the beauty industry has totally fallen for.

German-born, PhD-clad, and armed with a roster that spans Hollywood, DR. STURM’s philosophy is rooted in combating inflammation and using minimal, powerful products to do so. 

DR. STURM began her medical practice in anti-aging orthopedics. After seeing the benefits of anti-inflammatory medical treatments (she was on the team that developed the “Kobe Bryant Procedure”), she began to wonder if they could be applied to skin care and developed what is now famously known as the “Vampire Facial” (because, blood) which she began performing on celebrity clients. In an effort to provide similar treatments at home, she developed her collection of Molecular Cosmetics, and a dream line of skin care was born.

Taking a non-surgical approach, DR. STURM has developed a line of skin care that can reverse and prevent signs of aging. She truly believes less is more, and in this VIOLET FILE, she takes us through her minimalist namesake line (and why you should be using it!) and her other all-time-favorite products she has added to THE BAG.

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“We have different sections of our body with different pH in our skin. So we need to treat each differently. For the vulva, start with the V Wash as part of your daily cleansing routine. The velvety foam is packed with pre and probiotics and lactic acid to maintain optimal pH balance.”

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“This helps to moisturize the vulva and combat potential ingrown hairs around your bikini line.”

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“Gucci created a great collection of very chic makeup. I don’t wear much makeup but sometimes I use this contour stick for contouring and on my eyelids as an eyeshadow—it’s really easy to use.”

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“Enhances collagen, fights free radicals and stabilizes the skin barrier function. Always look out for the right concentration and formulation of Vitamin C—high dosage Vitamin C serums can disturb the skin barrier function and cause sensitivity. It shouldn’t exceed 5%—that’s why we call ours THE GOOD C.”

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“The most gentle form of exfoliation which should replace every resurfacing product you use. It gently and healthily exfoliates dead skin cells, prevents breakouts, and makes sure active ingredients can be delivered into the skin faster and easier.”

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“Doing light facial massages to your skin enhances and supports collagen production whilst engaging with dermal fibroblasts. This roller by Joanna Czech offers light and soothing massage movements—I keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.”

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“I’m as obsessed with the SUPER ANTI-AGING FACE CREAM as I am with my MC1 cream. It’s a skincare masterpiece–an anti-aging superhero packed with ingredients that support the skin’s diminishing physiological mechanism and targets visible signs of aging for a plumper and youthful complexion.” 

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“This is a must-have in your makeup bag or purse for SOS spot treatment. It comes either untinted or in eight tinted shades and heals and covers up spots at the same time. It’s a no-brainer.”

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“This is my everyday obsession. I use it in the morning whilst I have my coffee, during the day and even overnight. It’s ideal for using after any kind of stress i.e. sun exposure, flying or digital screen exposure–or just for extra skin soothing and hydration. Leave it on for 20 minutes, rub it off and you’re #SturmGlow ready.”

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“I really like this scent. It fills the whole house with fragrance.”

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“I keep this in my purse at all times. It’s the best formulation: it contains no mineral oils, fragrances or harsh ingredients, only plant-based oils, butter and beeswax that help protect lips against dehydration and make them look natural, glowy and beautiful.”

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“You don’t know how good this is until you’ve tried it. It’s essential for anyone with an itchy scalp, dandruff, or psoriasis but also for general day-to-day scalp care. We’ve been receiving amazing feedback from people who love it. A healthy scalp is a great foundation for healthy hair.”

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“Because who doesn’t want a makeup case that looks gorgeous on their vanities or countertops?”

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DR. BARBARA STURM

Team VIOLET GREY transforms the doctor responsible for some of the most enviable skin in Hollywood from Chic-Off-The-Street to Elsa Peretti-inspired 70s siren.