It can sometimes (most of the time) feel like living and working up in Edinburgh means that I miss an absolute tonne of amazing PR opportunities. So, when an email popped up inviting me to meet Dr. Barbara Sturm at the capital’s George Street SpaceNK, I had to read it a couple of times to make sure it was indeed my local store. So, on a very sunny lunchtime I popped round to hear all about the new collection.
If Dr. Sturm’s name rings a bell, it might be because she’s one of the most exciting dermatologists around. She came up with the ‘Vampire Facial’ and runs a seriously luxurious clinic in Germany, so when I read she was releasing a whole skincare line, I was more than a little excited. It was also the first stop on the release tour (Sturm and the team were off to Glasgow then multiple stops in England) so it felt like such a thrill to get a sneak peak!
Getting to talk to Dr. Sturm was an absolute pleasure – she was incredibly warm, funny, and of course, seriously knowledgable. I’m no science-major (art history for the win) but talking through the way that the products were formulated was fascinating, and it’s made me want to overhaul my whole regime. The gist of the matter is the simpler the better – Sturm works under the principal “You don’t need much, but what you do use should be the best!“ and her line couldn’t be a better representation.
From the chicly minimalist packaging which is gloriously stark, to the short list of ingredients, Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare is a study in perfection. I got the chance to have a play about with all the products, and I have to say, I have a wish list that’s as long as my arm! What separates Dr. Barbara Sturm products from the rest is the use of Purslane in the formulas. Known as the ‘youth enzyme’ Purslane penetrates the deepest layers of the skin, detoxifying and protecting cells whilst plant extracts promote skin health. It’s a wonderfully balanced approach which has visible skincare benefits. Possibly the fastest acting of the products I tried was the Hyaluronic Serum (£230) which plumps and hydrates skin like nothing I’ve ever tried. At once lightweight and nourishing, it sunk into skin leaving behind a subtle glow. I was also gifted a few of the incredible products (the Eye Cream, The Calming Serum and The Sun Drops) and I have to say, I think I’m in love.
Expect reviews in the next week or so, but spoiler alert – the products are nothing short of life changing!
Dr. Barbara Sturms products can be found at SpaceNK here