February 1st, 2021

Sturm Skin Savior? I Really Hope So.

I’ve questioned the efficacy of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products in relation to the price, but my skin is so dry, I’ll happily give them a go. Friends love the line and the pharmacy brands are just not cutting it. I’ve ordered a sampling and if UPS can get through the snow today (wishful thinking) I’ll start using them tonight.


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  • If you are not happy with your new purchase give Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped moisturizer a try.
    My skin was so dry, no matter what I used. Finally, I tried Drunk Elephant and what a difference.
    No more dryness, no more rosacea, I use their cleanser, moisturizers, marula oil and now a body lotion.
    It’s the cleanest and most effective product I have ever used. Mix a few drops of marula oil into your moisturizer….heavenly.

    PatriciaFebruary 1st, 2021  7:30 AM

  • Hurray- no animal testing! hope these products work.

    lydiaFebruary 1st, 2021  7:39 AM

  • I find the only thing that works in winter – I have very dry, very sensitive skin – are face balms. They sound gross but work amazing! I like the Maya Lindstrom face mist with the blue cocoon balm and the Earth tu Face face balm. Both are super calming and soak in much better than a lotion or oil.

    betsyFebruary 1st, 2021  7:49 AM

  • I’ve heard great things about Dr. Barbara Sturm and am eagerly awaiting your review. I have had great success with Skinceuticals and it’s honestly given me the best skin of my life, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    MichelleFebruary 1st, 2021  8:13 AM

  • SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 works REALLY well for dry skin. just got it last month after religiously using the Bader creams and I think Skinceuticals works better than the rich cream.

    jcFebruary 1st, 2021  8:17 AM

  • Another vote for Drunk Elephant products. I haven’t tried Sturm’s, but do have rosacea (though one couldn’t tell now-I’ve been using Drunk Elephant for over a year, and find the products are soothing and non irritating). In fact, I’ve stopped using my prescription medication for my face because it seems unnecessary at this point. The moisturizer with the green lid is the one I use most days. Lalal retro usually more than I need.

    KIC fanFebruary 1st, 2021  8:22 AM

  • I had been thinking about giving Dr. Sturm’s products a try and this cinched it, just ordered.

    KathyFebruary 1st, 2021  8:24 AM

  • For dry skin emergencies (cold weather, plane travel) I like to use Valmont Prime Renewal Pack. Really great and a little goes a long way…

    KusaFebruary 1st, 2021  8:25 AM

  • Always fun to try a new product! Which in recent months I have done more than ever, with great appreciation. For rehydrating I love Biossance’s Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, which I discovered when looking for a clean beauty product with Bakuchiol (a plant-derived alternative to retinol).

    MaryAFebruary 1st, 2021  8:44 AM

  • Have you ever tried Clarins? They have multiple products and masks for dry skin. Very gentle, plant-based, and good formulations for sensitive skin. I also have rosacea, and it has helped a great deal.

    SarahFebruary 1st, 2021  8:53 AM

  • I like Drunk Elephant and Skinceuticals, but my favorite is Clark’s Botanicals. The quality to price is great, and my very dry winter skin has been less of an issue. The face wash, the moisture mask, which I use as a winter moisturizer, and the retinol overnight cream are especially terrific.

    SarahFebruary 1st, 2021  8:55 AM

  • My daughter taught me how to make my own with essential oils. It’s heavenly and you can use different ones so it smells exactly as you chose- mine has geranium and rosemary.

    Laura BFebruary 1st, 2021  8:58 AM

  • Here’s another vote for the Drunk Elephant line, and I’ll look forward to the review of Sturm’s – the sampler pack has been on my radar for a while.

    Lisa MacFebruary 1st, 2021  9:07 AM

  • Good morning! I hate to even type this…BUT…Augustin Bader. Sooooooo $. But will change. Your. Life. I
    I didn’t want to get sucked in. But I use NOTHING else now besides cleanser and occasional retinol from derm. Eye cream. Gone. Serum. Gone. Only AB the light cream. You’re welcome

    KrisFebruary 1st, 2021  9:20 AM

  • I have been using the Calming Serum and Face Cream Rich. It’s helped the rosacea I seem to have recently developed!! Let me know if you try another product in her line.

    AFebruary 1st, 2021  10:12 AM

  • FYI, Barbara Sturm is NOT A DERM. Just food for thought before you run and spend countless money on facial products not developed by a derm? just sayin

    I ditto all the love above about Skin C products. They DO WORK. for real. money well spent.
    Bader, sad but true. its $$ but it works.

    KarinaFebruary 1st, 2021  10:32 AM

  • I *just* started using the eye cream and the rich cream on my V E R Y sensitive and dry skin. I’m pleased with how gentle they both are and while they don’t feel super rich going on, they do seem to keep me hydrated. (And no irritation!) So, I suppose so far, so good.

    I’ve also been using Bader Rich Cream for over a year and while it is marvelous, I don’t feel like it penetrates as well or as quickly. But it is still a keeper for me.

    Also a shout out for Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix. When I truly feel like a husk, I put that over everything else at night and it really makes a difference!

    Looking forward to hearing about your experience!!

    CarleenFebruary 1st, 2021  10:59 AM

  • Preston – I am excited to hear your experience with these products. In the meantime, can all of you tell me what you are using to prevent chapped lips? Mine are terrible this winter and I can’t seem to find anything that really works. Has anyone tried the Goopgenes clean lip balm that is out of stock? Did it work for you? Thanks in advance!

    TammyFebruary 1st, 2021  11:05 AM

  • I think the most important thing is gentle exfoliation- without that, the cream is going on top of dead cells.

    BeccaFebruary 1st, 2021  11:42 AM

  • My experience with Sturm products was very underwhelming. I do well with Bader’s Rich Cream, ditto the Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Power Serum.

    LynneFebruary 1st, 2021  12:06 PM

  • I am loving Macrene actives – the High Performance Face Serum. Just for a reference point, I am 50 years old with normal to sensitive skin. I love the serum because although my skin feels dry, most creams are just too heavy for me. This Macrene serum is perfect. It’s very moisturizing, soaks in well and is not greasy, I can apply makeup over it and it makes my skin feel and look healthy and glowing. I am so grateful I discovered Dr. Macrene’s products as I am very particular regarding the products I use. I want them to be “clean” and cruelty free but also efficacious. And in response to Tammy, I do have Goopgenes clean lip balm and love it.

    Julie AdamsFebruary 1st, 2021  12:16 PM

  • Loving this post! Taking note!
    Second day in a row that I hear bout the elephant brand.
    Thank you, Preston

    Martha ElenaFebruary 1st, 2021  12:21 PM

  • I love your skincare posts! For reference, I have semi-sensitive, semi-dry skin. Both Drunk Elephant moisturizers (Lala and Protini) were not moisturizing enough for me, my skin felt tight, even in the summer. I’ve tried a number of their samples and found them non-irritating. The marula oil has a nice feel and look. I’ve heard good reviews of their products for awhile but I also wonder if they have a big marketing budget- best to start with samples.
    Overall, I avoid pharmacy products; too irritating or ineffective and there are many better skincare products out there around the same price.
    Some products I love: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser at night and DHC Cleansing Oil in the morning. I’ve heard Blue Cocoon is a good nighttime moisturizer and plan to try this next.

    Sara G.February 1st, 2021  2:51 PM

  • I think you’re onto something with this post. I’ve heard great things about some of the Sturm products. Mainly the drops.

    I know lots of people love the Bader cream I noticed nothing and much prefer La Mer..

    When things are esp dry its Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix for me. Please report back!

    SLFebruary 1st, 2021  3:26 PM

  • Tammy – I use Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm lip balm for chapped lips. My dermatologist recommended it and it really does the job.

    AlissaFebruary 1st, 2021  3:45 PM

  • I recommend applying a heavy-duty occlusive moisturizer as a last step (or second last, if you need sunscreen) over whatever other skincare you use. These are the dense, creamy moisturizers that feel too heavy on the skin in any other weather but the depths of winter. It will really make a difference in soothing and preventing dry winter skin, I promise.

    ioFebruary 1st, 2021  3:57 PM

  • I too love Drunk Elephant Mural oil for my dry sensitive
    Recently I became a convert and replaced my lamer with
    Welda skin food as a night cream.
    I kept reading about it as having the same properties
    But under $20. It’s thick, rich abs smells amazing abd is really hydrating.

    SusanFebruary 1st, 2021  4:29 PM

  • Tammy,
    The Sara Happ lip scrub and gloss are fantastic! They’ve save me from chapped lips this winter and I’m in Canada

    Lisa SyversonFebruary 1st, 2021  4:30 PM

  • Cicalfate works wonders for dry skin

    JennFebruary 1st, 2021  5:22 PM

  • These are all very expensive products. But, I made the choice not to have any facial rejuvenation via surgery and therefore I am willing to spend for great skin care. I am 63. I used La Mer exclusively from 30-60. It stopped giving my older skin the results I had come to expect. I tried Dr. Barbara Sturm but did not see any improvement at all. Then I was introduced to Augustine Bader and it is my holy grail. It is insanely expensive and I would not suggest it for my daughter or any young person but if you are over 50 and can invest ,this is your answer. There really is nothing better.

    GigiFebruary 1st, 2021  6:58 PM

  • I appreciate this thread! I tried Dr. Sturm’s products and was also very underwhelmed. I won’t go back.
    I’ve been very happy with iS Clinical everything, and also Augustinus Bader.

    EmilyFebruary 1st, 2021  7:33 PM

  • Skincare Facialist guru Justine Grier, founder of SkinHQ recommended I try EGF booster from O Cosmedics + HA from Skin Ceuticals + moisturiser nightly, then ever 2 to 3 nights a week throw in a Hydra Sleep In Mask also from O Cosmedics. Like a recipe for your face to combat harsh winters and protect the skin through cellular repair and hydration. Super combo.

    WhitneyFebruary 1st, 2021  9:06 PM

  • I have had rosacea and dry skin for forever and nothing beats Shiseido’s Bio Performance Advanced Revitalising cream. I recently added U Beauty serum twice a week which helps get rid of the redness.

    MMSFebruary 2nd, 2021  4:34 AM

  • I would suggest that before any purchase is made, regardless of price point, a quick check on Beautypedia.com will gave you a straight unbiased review on the product based on its ingredients. Unfortunately not all products mentioned here are reviewed but many are including Skinceuticals, LaMer and Drunk Elephant. I have saved money and annoyance with products that don’t work, from skincare to cosmetics. It’s an eye opening exercise I highly recommend.

    PatriciaFebruary 2nd, 2021  8:05 AM

  • For the last few years I had some problems with my skin and I decided to invest, so I tried everything! it is a lot of trial and error since everyone reacts differently. Barbara Sturm’s products are nice and gentle but not life changing and for the price point a lot of people get disappointed. I tried Augustinus Bader and it was ok but I didn’t repurchase. The only products that made a drastic improvement were Biologique recherché, Royal Fern and some pads that my dermatologist (Shereen Idriss) gave me. My skin looks much better now and I still get tempted to try new products…

    SharonFebruary 2nd, 2021  8:06 AM

  • I should also say this (I wrote above about Augustin Bader being amazing) I am Black and have oily skin. So dryness and wrinkles are not an issue for me. Honestly my mom is 75 no Botox and no wrinkles BUT we have other challenges-for me oil and breakouts so the cream by AB (the lighter one) perfect.

    KrisFebruary 2nd, 2021  10:29 AM

  • I’m 62, live in the Midwest and my skin can be all over the place given our weather extremes. For the last few years, my favorite products are from a line called Defenage that was developed and highly tested by a dermatologist. It’s available on their web site. Like Sharon, I also love Biologique Recherche’. You can go to Rescue Spa’s web site and they’ll do an online consult with you to help you find the right product for your skin. I don’t think you can find a product based on what others use. You need someone who’s trained to assess your skin. Since you say you have dry skin and rosacea, my first stop would be a dermatologist.

    I checked out Barbara Sturm’s products when they came out on the market. When I found out that she was an orthopedic surgeon that turned me off.

    KimFebruary 2nd, 2021  10:32 AM

  • The price tag alone has kept me away from Sturm. I recently stopped all my Environ regime after trying and then investing in a great deal of the Tata Harper line. I am totally sold on this brand. Everything about it is truth and effectiveness for the skin and the environment. My skin has never looked better and it is a joy to use.

    ellen curreriFebruary 2nd, 2021  11:16 AM

  • Perhaps it will surprise the audience but almost all the “hot” products today (except very small manufacturers, you will not find them featured in magazines), are the same content, regardless of the “brand” name. Agree with Betsy, if you have very dry skin (at the certain age it’s obvious, have the same problem) only balms, something what is fat, very fat will help. I started to blend for my friend and myself organic oils, 10-12 different cold pressed, organic oils with shelf life of 6 months plus organic essential oils. Shea butter blended with them also did a miracle. And internally excellent flex seed oil but again 3 months shelf life. Hyaluronic acid should be use in a proper way otherwise it will dry up the skin.

    isabelFebruary 2nd, 2021  12:37 PM

  • Ellen, did you notice how Environ has changed ingredients in recent years? I started to use it more than 10 years ago and the only thing which I am using from them now is their Roll-Cit…all the creams are very different products than they used to be.

    isabelFebruary 2nd, 2021  12:42 PM

  • I’ve noticed that Sturm products are not recommended by dermatologists which is interesting. so many great scientists & dermatologists on Instagram now, so science based info Love @ranellamd
    also, check out Shop My Shelf with a list of derms’ & facialists’ recommendations https://shopmyshelf.us/shops

    KarinFebruary 2nd, 2021  6:18 PM

  • I have found what I believe is the holy grail- recommended by Alexandra Golovanoff – La Pommade by Herve Herau. Transformed my skin this winter and during pregnancy when my skin was so dry and not even AB’s The Rich Cream helped. Can highly recommend!!

    ThereseFebruary 2nd, 2021  7:09 PM

  • Preston, I live in Boston and have enjoyed the Barbara Sturm Ski Cream this winter. She released the product as a collab with Perfect Moment to protect skin during ski holidays. Agreed, pricey but the French pharmacy skincare was not cutting it!

    JuliaFebruary 2nd, 2021  7:17 PM

  • I use and love all of the May Lindstrom products. The only one I’ve yet to try is the jasmine garden face mist. The blue cocoon is an amazing balm.
    My favorite lip balm is the Wedderspoon organic lipcare enriched with manuka honey in the coconut lime flavor.

    MichèleFebruary 2nd, 2021  7:39 PM

  • I bought the Bader cream about a year ago, on our last vacation before things shut down. Loved it at first and used it diligently. Then a few months in stopped since I figured I was wasting it and would start back up “when things returned to normal”. Went back to my prescription rosacea cream, Soolantra, and that has kept my skin super moisturized and very clear. Absolutely no redness and that’s even with the non stop heat on in the house here in Maine. Will be curious to hear the review of the Sturm, I’m about to run out of the Soolantra ($300/tube) and was thinking of buying Vintners Daughter.

    LauraFebruary 3rd, 2021  4:21 PM

  • I am a big fan of the Weleda Skin Food moisturizer mentioned by another commenter. I have rosacea too and use Accutane and it is the only product I have found that soothes my skin and the price point can not be beat! My Amanda Lacey cleansing balm is where I splurge.

    StephanieFebruary 3rd, 2021  8:51 PM

  • For lip balm I am devoted to La Mer and very occasionally use a gentle exfoliate on my lips. After 20+ years of La Mer regime, last March I decided to try Vintners Daughter Essence and Serum. I love them both! I also started using the Bader Rich Cream as my routine moisturizer (I’m over 60 and opting to age naturally with the help of best products and skin care like facials, sleep, diet, etc., I can find). But I’ve slowed way down on using Retin A and exfoliating my skin. I’m certain it was causing redness and irritation. Just today, while on a trip, I bought two new products for skin calming: Tammy Fender’s Plant Milk and Roman Chamomile Tonic and a new Osea brightening serum. All three are completely botanical (ditto Vintners), and formulated to calm and moisturize skin. The only Sturm product I’ve used is the Enzyme Exfoliating Powder. After only a few uses, I won’t finish the bottle – It left my skin red, + dry; I can’t recommend it. Although the natural signs of aging can be disheartening, I am urging good self care (starting immediately) and acceptance over invasive/artificial enhancements. I’ve gotten an eyeful of it this week, and concluded something is seriously wrong in our society that women of all ages are having so much work done. Love this post and reading everyone’s helpful comments!

    PaulaFebruary 3rd, 2021  10:22 PM

  • In just 2 days my skin is better than ever. I ordered Drunk Elephant, too.

    PrestonFebruary 4th, 2021  12:05 PM

  • Yes! Isabel! I first started using environ in my early 50s and I found it to be a dramatic improvement in my skin care regime. Now at 59 I find I would benefit from serums and an extra boost here and there. I am fortunate to have good genes even though I have spent my lifetime in the sun. But I am completely satisfied with Tata Harper. The continuation of the micro roller and now cupping combined with facial massage really works.

    Ellen CurreriFebruary 4th, 2021  4:35 PM

  • If I could stop looking into my 15X magnifying mirror I may find that my using Neova DNA serum, a guasha for facial massage, and a bi weekly microderm roller with vitamin C serum may be working. That stinking mirror has me seeing way too much–I just can’t quit it.

    karenFebruary 5th, 2021  7:22 PM

  • Biologique Recherche lip balm “biokiss”, heavenly….unscented and ultra luxurious

    BcFebruary 5th, 2021  11:54 PM

  • Great solutions contributed from KIC community. I use derm prescription tretonin.05 every other day Fall/Winter
    Bader Rich cream and TNS (dual pump) , The Ordinary copper hydration tube and Le Labo lip balm. Pretty much that’s it. Tinted lip balm for lips and cheeks. Find less makeup at 51 than my younger days. Water, water, water and good sleep helps too:)

    Dana SFebruary 9th, 2021  3:04 AM

  • I am a Biologique Recherche devotee.

    Julie AnnFebruary 13th, 2021  8:33 PM


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