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Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Oprah Winfrey-backed skincare rarely goes on sale — but during Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days, the German aesthetics doctor’s glow-giving Molecular Cosmetics line is 15 percent off until Wednesday exclusively for Prime members. (Not yet a member of Amazon Prime? Unlock the Dr. Barbara Sturm deal by signing up for a 30-day free trial.)
The brand already earned fans like Angela Bassett, Kim Kardashian, Blake Lively, Cher and other high-wattage stars, and Winfrey signed on as an investor in April.
“Whenever I discover something delightful, I love to share it. I’ve been using Dr. Barbara Sturm products ever since they were introduced to my life four years ago,” Winfrey recently explained on Instagram. “I liked them so much — especially the treatments for darker skin tones — that I called [her] to tell her I wanted to invest in the company! My skin loves the Enzyme Cleanser for darker skin tones, followed by Glow Drops.”
Sturm is renowned for her pioneering approach to addressing pollution damage and inflammation through skincare. The brand in May launched its Anti-Aging Body Scrub ($110), a two-in-one exfoliator that’s safe for sensitive skin and contains ubiquinone, vitamins E and F, purslane and sea fennel to slough away dead skin cells, support the regeneration of the skin barrier and healthy skin structure and protect against oxidative stress (a condition caused by lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, smoking and poor diet, among other activities). It contains nourishing and hydrating oils that soothe irritation, while plum kernel oil gives it a warm and sweet scent.
The Hollywood-loved facialist first became known for her “blood facial,” the treatment she created in 2002 that used clients’ own platelet-rich plasma — extracted from the blood and whipped into a custom moisturizer — to heal the skin. She launched her anti-inflammatory skincare line in 2014, and opened a spa and boutique in West Hollywood in 2020.
Sturm joined her starry new investor for a special Oprah Daily conversation about menopause, aging and more.
“This year, one of my ideas is wholeness. I actually heard for the first time from Jane Fonda many years ago,” Winfrey said. “How do we learn how to make ourselves whole, and not strive for perfection but [instead] for that sense of all-around well-being. One step is to begin to be comfortable in your own skin, after all we spend our lives inside our skin. It’s the largest organ in our bodies, so taking care of our skin, nurturing it, protecting it, is so so important to living a whole and healthy life.”
Among her top tips, Sturm shared the importance of keeping “dewy, hydrated” skin, especially during menopause, why you should avoid spraying fragrance directly onto the skin and more.
“Estrogen is going down [during menopause] but it’s also about the ratio of testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. Estrogen is the motor for collagen production. The pH changes, [it] goes a little higher and our skin needs an acidic pH so our skin barrier becomes compromised, so we get larger pores, sagging, wrinkles, thinner skin, problems with wound healing — all things we don’t like about our skin. Water leaves the skin a lot, it’s called transepidermal water loss, our skin barrier widens and our skin becomes extremely dry.”
Sturm also advised that perfume lovers spritz their scents onto their clothing rather than on the body. “When you spray your neck and you go into the sun, and you get pigmentation, this is from the alcohol in the fragrance which disrupts your skin barrier and the sun burns through,” she revealed.
The brand is available on Dr. Barbara Sturm’s website, Amazon Luxury Stores (where it’s currently 15 percent off), Nordstrom, Sephora and other high-end retailers. Below, shop some of Winfrey’s favorite products and more of the luxe skincare brand’s bestsellers while they’re still on sale at Amazon.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops
Oprah Winfrey says her skin “loves” the Glow Drops, which contains Polygonum Bistorta root (an antimicrobial that addresses skin tone), pore-refining Wild Rose extract, vitamin A-rich purslane for reducing irritation and hyaluronic acid for deep hydration and plumping.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Hyaluronic Serum
Made specifically for melanated skin, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Darker Skin Tones formula of the bestselling Hyaluronic Serum absorbs quickly into the skin and is “packed with a highly concentrated blend of low and high molecular weighted Hyaluronic Molecules” to provide immediate hydration, support the skin’s natural barrier and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Serum
Formulated to reduce inflammation (one of the main causes of skin damage), the Super Anti-Aging Serum is safe for all skin types and “uses a high-quality complex of long- and short-chain hyaluronic acid along with special extracts of purslane, skullcap and other strong antioxidants that support the regenerative power of the cells by increasing telomerase activity.”
Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream
A lightweight cream that absorbs quickly into the skin, this moisturizer also contains Sturm hero ingredients purslane and skullcap for reducing irritation and calming the skin while leaving a healthy-looking glow. (It also comes in Darker Skin Tones, Super Anti-Aging, Night and Rich formulas.)
Dr. Barbara Sturm The SturmGlow Kit
This Sephora exclusive SturmGlow kit contains the Enzyme Cleanser, Hyaluronic Serum, Glow Drops and Face Cream, and makes a great intro to the brand’s bestselling products for all skin types.