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When all the creams in the world are not enough to repair dull, dehydrated skin, we turn to the one product that can: Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.


Photography ByANNA PALMA

Contrary to what you might think, painfully tight and dry skin is a year-round affliction—yes, even in summer. As temperatures rise so does our body’s vulnerability to dehydration. Chlorine, air conditioning, travel, and sun exposure conspire to give you a parched complexion. This occurs simultaneously, of course, to the desire to pare down one’s makeup routine commensurately to one’s wardrobe. Who wants to bother with concealer and setting powder in a bikini? So how to approach skin care—and rectify dry, flaky complexions—with the same less-is-more attitude? My answer is unequivocally Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.

This particular hyaluronic serum goes way beyond any cream, oil, or pantry hack I’ve ever slathered on my skin. After five months of daily use, I can attest that the results are far from superficial. They're transformative. It really comes down to Dr. Sturm’s genius formulation: a combination of hyaluronic acids (more on that shortly) that immediately hydrate and soothe skin at the surface, while concurrently working at a much deeper level to replenish moisture reservoirs in the long-term.

So what exactly is hyaluronic acid? Naturally found in the body, the substance locks in moisture (up to 1000 times its weight in water) and creates fullness. It’s able to penetrate the dermis—unlike, say, collagen—to kick-start a series of anti-aging reactions. Among them: a boost in hydration and elasticity, enhanced suppleness, a decrease of wrinkles caused by dehydration, the diminshed appearance of existing lines, and extra protection against UV damage. Basically, it’s a miracle worker.


The complex science behind the serum belies the simplicity of its application. Just squeeze one pipette of the Hyaluronic Serum into the palm of your hand and pat evenly around your face. Because I always emerge from my shower scaly and itchy no matter how cool the water, I found it beneficial to apply the serum post-shower. My skin soaks up the formula like a sponge—it's wonderful. Just be sure to wait about thirty seconds before applying any additional products to allow the serum to absorb. I saw and felt a visible difference after one use; others report that it takes about a week to see realize peak benefits. My skin’s new texture—a bouncy pliancy I have never been able to achieve before—alone was worth the investment, but this being Dr. Sturm, the product provides multiple benefits.


One of the wonders of hyaluronic serum is that it works both as a moisturizer and a wrinkle treatment (you'll often spot it as a hero ingredient in injectable fillers). Initially, I focused on applying the serum on the lower half of my face, where I accumulate the most surface-level dry patches, but I quickly moved on to focusing on areas where fine lines tend to accumulate, namely around the eyes and forehead. It’s addictive. Once you get a few years back, you won’t want to stop. 


Underpinning the entire skin care range by Dr. Sturm is purslane, an exceptionally nutritious botanical that is loaded with antioxidants and boasts more omega-3 fatty acids than fish oil. The doctor has dubbed it the “fountain of youth” since the plant helps to activate telomerase, the enzyme responsible for prolonging the lifespan of cells. Ultimately, this helps to stabilize collagen and elastin as they naturally break down with age.

The other noteworthy ingredient in the serum is skullcap. The purple-flowering plant has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative actives that nourish and protect the skin. On top of that, skullcap also heals and targets sun damage with the same UVB-blocking properties that you’d find in sunscreen. But consider this serum as additional protection against sun exposure and not a replacement for your SPF (for that I would point you here).

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