Augustinus Bader’s Revolutionary Skincare (+ GIVEAWAY!)


I have talked here at length about my love affair with Augustinus Bader — the cult G-Beauty brand inspired by 30 years of groundbreaking research on skin healing. I’ve written about how my favorites, The Rich Cream and The Cream, knocked my socks off (read this post if you are new to the brand), and more recently about the primer that Professor Bader developed with Victoria Beckham.

Well, today I am teaming up with the brand (!!!) to explore the science behind Professor Bader’s revolutionary skincare (hint: it’s all about TFC8®!!!) AND do an exciting giveaway! The brand has generously offered to gift one lucky reader a head-to-toe prize: The Discovery Duo (which contains The Rich Cream and The Cream, valued at $370) and The Body Cream ($165). Scroll to the bottom to enter.

Ok, so let’s talk about TFC8®, or Trigger Factor Complex — the key to the powers of all of Professor Bader’s products. This unique complex of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins and other powerful ingredients optimizes the skin’s natural renewal, and is the reason why these creams deliver real results.



Found in every Augustinus Bader product, TFC8® (Trigger Factor Complex) is Professor Bader’s patented technology. It’s made up of over 40 different ingredients to renew and rejuvenate skin. This cutting-edge science is actually rooted in simple, natural biological wisdom. Our bodies contain trillions of cells; each cell understands exactly what to do. For instance, our skin cells are programmed to support the skin. But as we age (or in some instances, experience inflammation), this communication process can stall. And when that happens, regeneration slows, resulting in unhappy skin. 

The TFC8® in all Augustinus Bader products essentially helps guide key nutrients and powerful natural ingredients (vitamins, peptides, nutrients, amino acids, and lipids) directly to the skin cells, retraining skin to do what it knows best. The result, as I’ve seen for myself, is noticeably fresher, firmer skin in just a few weeks.

I know this can sound like a lot of marketing jargon. But the reason Augustinus Bader has developed such a cult following is because these products work. Trust!! Professor Bader is the Director of Applied Stem Cell Biology at the University of Leipzig. His research is focused on helping burn victims. And one of his breakthroughs was figuring out how to create scar-free healing treatments for the disfigured. He actually developed a medical grade hydrogel which eliminated the need for skin grafts and made healing so much easier. The Augustinus Bader brand was actually created (with co-founder Charles Rosier) to help fund this scientific research.



Augustinus Bader started with two products (the face creams) but is starting to expand its range of products, from The Body Cream to Primer and now its first ever Serum. TFC8® is at the core of all of these products. So now we have a few more ways to get this highly effective skincare innovation onto and into our skin! 

I asked the Augustinus Bader team something a lot of you had asked me: Why are they launching other formulas? Are we meant to use all of the products together? That feels like a lot – and can get expensive!

The team stressed that you do not need to use only Bader products. You can benefit from the TFC8® technology by using just one product. The launch of new products, such as the Power Serum, allows you to personalize the way you integrate Professor Bader’s TFC8® technology into your skincare routine, ensuring that it works best for you and your skin’s unique needs.

Case in point: while most of you love The Cream and The Rich Cream as much as I do, a few of you had mentioned it making you break out. If that’s you, then The Power Serum — a silky, lightweight alternative to the creams — can be a great way to get the TFC8® into your skin, while using a different moisturizer of your choice. 


As you know, I have dry skin and am focused on anti-aging. I use The Rich Cream every single day. I have to test a lot of products. So if I’m testing a nighttime product, my morning routine centers around Bader. During the day I will often layer the Priming Moisturizer over The Rich Cream – the glow from this combo is amazing (I love that The Priming Moisturizer contains blurring powders and light reflecting particles!). And I love The Body Cream, especially this time of year when my skin is extra dry.

Obviously we all have different skin and what works for me might not work for you. But I think it’s great to have options. Whether you want to go fully all-in on Augustinus Bader (starting with the Power Serum, then applying one of the creams, and finishing it off with The Priming Moisturizer) or just choose your one favorite product, what’s important is getting that TFC8® into your skin!

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Created in partnership with Augustinus Bader // Photography by Carter Fish.

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  1. Hanna says 3.26.20

    Wow! Congratulations on your partnership with Bader – that’s amazing (and about time!)! I would love to enter the giveaway but it looks like the info/link has disappeared? Or did I just miss it?

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

      You might have just missed it! Widget is at bottom of the post. All seems to be working on my side!

      • Rachel S says 3.26.20

        I’m also not seeing the article. The page is only loading with the comment widget.

        • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

          I’m not really sure what to tell you! Maybe visit, click into the article and it all should be there? We’ve had over 2,000 entrants so I know it’s working!

    • Justine says 3.26.20

      I’m having the same challenge!

      • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

        Maybe visit, click into the article and it all should be there? We’ve had over 2,000 entrants so I know it’s working!

      • Pam says 3.26.20

        I had a similar issue that was resolved by turning off my ad blocker – might work for you too!

  2. Jenn says 3.26.20

    Would so love a little pampering right now. Thanks for the giveaway, Grace!

  3. bob seluk says 3.26.20

    Really nice wife would love this.

  4. Jennifer Longval says 3.26.20

    Thank-you for this awesome opportunity!

  5. rachel says 3.26.20

    hi grace! so excited about this. quick question, i noticed you switched to calling Dr. Bader “Prof Bader.” Any specific reason? thanks! 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

      Hey Rachel,
      I think that’s just what the brand prefers. This is the first time I’ve ever partnered with the brand, all of my other mentions have been organic. So going forward as that is what the brand / Professor Bader prefer, that’s what I’ll call him! 🙂

      • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

        Hi hi! I heard from the brand in case you were curious 🙂

        “He is both a Professor and a Doctor of regenerative medicine, so he could be called either. He usually introduces himself as professor.”

        • Kendall says 3.27.20

          I love that he goes by Professor!

          Grace, have you tried the Skinceuticals triple lipid cream? I searched on your blog, but I didn’t see it mentioned. I would love to know a comparison between the products! I purchased the triple lipid cream in February after dealing with super dry skin this winter and it has been a lifesaver.

        • rachel says 3.30.20

          thanks grace! appreciate the diligence 🙂 we did that at my alma mater too, all professors, regardless of degree, went by “Professor so and so” instead of Dr.

  6. Jenn Lake says 3.26.20

    OMG – Grace! What a perfect partnership!!!

  7. Megan Causgrove says 3.26.20

    Wow, what a great giveaway! Fingers crossed! Thanks Grace!

  8. Lizzie says 3.26.20

    This has me so excited!! Thanks Grace! xoxo

  9. Venice R Greel says 3.26.20

    I would love to try Augustinus Baders product!!!
    Be safe!

  10. Sherry says 3.26.20

    I like the cream, but it separates. This product is way to expensive to be doing this.

    • rachel says 3.30.20

      i emailed them, they sent me a new product. i’ve noticed that if i use it once then let it sit for weeks/days in between use, it separates. if i use it continuously, no separation. that’s just what’s helped me!

  11. Yevette Parker says 3.26.20

    This would be delightful to win! Especially when we have to stay at home.

  12. Erin Prohaska says 3.26.20

    What a great product line! Thank you for the opportunity! Stay healthy!

  13. Miriam says 3.26.20

    I like that your dress has some Bader blue in it! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  14. Olivia Chang says 3.26.20

    I’ve been dying to try Augustinus Bader! Thanks for the opportunity, Grace!

  15. Renetta Endlich says 3.26.20

    Would love to win this awesome prize!

  16. Grace! I’d love to enter this but it seems like the post is not working? I can’t see anything! 🙁

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  17. Rachel M says 3.26.20

    This is awesome! I’ve always wanted to try the products! Such a great giveaway! Loving all your content right now too!!!

  18. Amy Marks Mehrtens says 3.26.20

    Great prize! I’d love to try!

  19. Jelena says 3.26.20

    Thanks for the giveaway…what a great brand!

  20. Nicole says 3.26.20

    This giveaway has made my day! Thank you for doing this!

  21. Zoe Lazarre says 3.26.20

    This would be so wonderful to have for self care during this time!

  22. SJ says 3.26.20

    Hey 🙂 I can’t enter because I live in the UK BUT I wanted to say thanks for bringing this cream into my life. I heard so much buzz about it from several sources but it was your thorough review that finally convinced me to make the investment. Three bottles in and my skin is so much better for it; less red and deffo plumper. I’m so glad they’ve chosen to work with you – feels so right! Congrats and stay safe and posting

  23. Caroline says 3.26.20

    I’m so excited you got to partner with this brand! You’ve been so loyal to them. That’s awesome! I’ve been curious about this product, but it’s a bit out of the price range I typically spend on skincare. Honestly after hearing more about their process and the fact they’ve been conducting medical research to help burn victims I understand the pricing a bit more.

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

      Thank you Caroline! It really is an amazing product. And I love that they are doing good things for the world, too! Good luck! XO

  24. Dee says 3.26.20

    Ahhhh! I have been going back & forth on ordering this because of price tag, but I have heard/seen the results. GREAT giveaway, Grace!

  25. Leela says 3.26.20

    This is super exciting grace!

  26. Theodora says 3.26.20

    Such a tease in the dress from your collection 🙂 Can’t wait until they come out when this is all over!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.20

      ugh SAME!!!! We shot this a while ago when I figured the dress would be out in the world!

  27. Brooke says 3.26.20

    Long time follower here and I am excited about this giveaway but way more excited for YOU to finally get this sponsorship! Congrats on the partnership!

  28. Rebecca says 3.26.20

    And aren’t we all interested in science these days. More than ever! I love a good science lesson, especially when it’s connected to skincare.

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  30. Kayla says 3.26.20

    I could so use either of the moisturizing creams right now. Due to the Coronavirus I have been working crazy long and extra shifts at the hospital and my face is incredibly dry & chapped from the PPE.

  31. Stacey says 3.26.20

    Thank you for this giveaway. Brightens up a long week!

  32. Sarah says 3.26.20

    O M G!!! Congratulations on this partnership!!! This is great!!!!!

  33. mindy carl says 3.26.20

    This cream gets rave reviews- I would love to try it!!

  34. Beth B says 3.26.20

    Wow what a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

  35. Julia Bernstein says 3.26.20

    Perfect remedy for all the hand washing, gowns, gloves, and masks for covid 19.

  36. Jenn Tolkoff says 3.27.20

    You’ve never led me astray! This is on my purchase list.

  37. Taylor says 3.27.20

    Yay! What a fun giveaway! I’m crossing my fingers to win but regardless plan on trying this soon! Since you use the products so consistently do you find value in using the Bader subscription where the 6th bottle is free? Or purchase as needed from other retailers? Thanks!

  38. Hanna says 3.27.20

    I love your skincare posts so much – you’re always so informative & thorough! So excited about this partnership for you, I couldn’t imagine a better advocate for this brand! Like others, I’ve been on the fence about giving this a try but now much more willing to take the plunge after reading!

  39. Tina Woodward says 3.28.20

    This partnership sounds amazing! Hoping for the opportunity to try it!!!

  40. Nathalia says 3.28.20

    Hi Grace!
    Did you try the serum?? If you did, what are your thoughts?
    I love the rich cream! And the primer omg so good! But I’m curious about the serum. I super trust your reviews on skin care products so I would love to hear your thoughts about the serum and how you use it in your routine 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 3.29.20

      I did! Honestly I am pretty good with just the rich cream but the serum is very nice too! If I were going to pick a second favorite it would be the primer. 🙂

  41. Victoria Ward says 3.29.20

    Your products are incredible and the ultimate pamper yourself. I am entering to win for our family friend Lisa Stovall. Instagram; Lisa_s_stovall
    LISA is working back to back shifts as an RN at Dallas children’s hospital ER. She has three children of her own but is fighting COVID 19 with every fiber of her body.
    These nurses are unsung heroes, Lisa deserves to be pampered although no doubt she will share the gift with fellow nurses.

  42. Sara says 9.30.20

    Hi Grace! I couldn’t find the answer to this in other posts … do you use a Vitamin C serum with Bader or is it not necessary ( I know they say nothing but clean, tone, cream but I also remember reading you still use SKI II essence?) Is this legit enough skincare? Right now, at night, I alternate a strong acid with a retinol … would you get rid of the acid? Any thoughts/advice are appreciated! 🙂 (and sorry in advance if I missed the answer to this somewhere else).

    • grace at the stripe says 10.1.20

      No I do not. I follow their instructions. Sometime I will use essence before but mostly just tone and then do Bader. There’s a reason it’s so expensive – it’s got everything you need!

      At night, I also alternate acid and retinol. Basically do acid 2x a week, retinol 2x a week, and just Bader.