Hyaluronic acid is one of the buzziest ingredients right now. Why? It’s AMAZING for delivering a shot of moisture to the skin and reducing fine lines (it hydrates the skin immediately). As someone who travels a lot, has dry skin to begin with, and is starting to see more noticeable signs of aging, I had been curious about this power ingredient for a while.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
For my latest project with Sephora, they wanted to pair me with one of their powerful derm solutions products. I gave them my biggest skincare concerns (dryness, loss of firmness, fine lines), and they paired me with Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum.
What makes this serum different?
This product is a splurge – I want to acknowledge that. This serum is for someone with dry skin who wants a really high tech serum and potent hydration.
The key ingredients in this serum are hyaluronic acid + purslane. It contains both long chain and short chain hyaluronic acid molecules. The long chain molecules provide intensive hydration to the surface, refreshing it immediately. The short chain molecules replenish moisture long term.
Purslane is the other power ingredient that differentiates this serum from other HA serums (there are a lot of them!) It’s a strong antioxidant that stimulates the body and supports skin rejuvenation. I loved this article where Dr. Sturm raved about this ingredient in particular, calling it the “fountain of youth enzyme.” It’s also one of the richest sources on earth of earth of omega-3 fatty acids, a-linolenic acid, and antioxidants.
How to use it?
I use Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum in a few different ways. I have been using it as my daytime serum and I like how refreshing it is. It’s very lightweight and absorbs into my skin immediately. It reduces the look of fine lines caused by dehydration (incredible if you are traveling a lot or had that second cocktail the night before). It’s definitely a godsend for someone who travels a lot.
I also love applying it on the plane. For a long flight I will skip makeup. Once we’re in the air I’ll refresh my skin with toner or a face mist, massage in a few drops of this serum, and then lock it in with a thick creamy moisturizer or moisture mask.
It’s important to note that this is a serum and not a moisturizer. While it delivers a jolt of moisture to your skin, you need to apply moisturizer (or face oil) afterward to lock in the benefits.
A bit more about Dr. Sturm
Dr. Sturm is a world renowned aesthetics doctor who has become sought after for her non-surgical treatments that tackle the signs of aging. She makes luxury beauty products known to target the look of skin renewal, in particular. The ingredients and technology are always cutting edge. She’s also an avid traveler (I loved her interview with Travel & Leisure). I haven’t tried very many of her products (yet) but I have tried the Enzyme Cleanser and really liked that. (It’s a powder, which makes it great for travel!)
My Personal Experience with this product
As someone with very dry skin I notice a big difference using Dr Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum. With regular use over the past 5-6 weeks, I’ve noticed that the fine lines on my forehead are less visible. I also love it in the morning. Something I’ve noticed probably since turning 35 is that my “morning face” needs about an hour to wake up, especially if I ended up sleeping on my stomach. Pillow creases and fine lines are so much more visible and if I don’t do my skincare routine as soon as I wake up, they’ll hang around for hours!
This really helps with that! I’ve talked a lot about my morning routine but I’ll splash my face with water, tone, and apply this serum and then moisturizer. This serum plumps up your skin big time, waking things up and reducing the look of those fine lines.
Created in partnership with Sephora; photography by Carter Fish.