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Winfrey loved Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skin care lineup so much, she had to invest


Hollywood A-listers have long adored Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics line. Stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, Angela Bassett, Hailey Bieber and Blake Lively have all said that they rely on the brand’s products to keep their skin in top shape.

The most recent big name to endorse the products was Oprah Winfrey — and she did more than that. Winfrey believes in the company so much, she invested in it. 

What sets Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skin care products apart

Sturm, a German orthopedist turned skin care mogul, created her line around the concept that fighting inflammation will give you your best skin. Inspired by anti-inflammation treatments from her medical work, she applied the same concepts to aesthetics in 2002 when she launched her Platelet-Rich Plasma facial, also known as a “blood facial” or “vampire facial.” 

This facial heals the skin using clients’ own plasma, extracted from the blood and whipped into a custom moisturizer. Shortly after introducing the facial, Sturm used a similar concept to launch her best-selling MC1 cream, a plasma-based moisturizer that harnessed the power of the body’s proteins in a skin-healing formula. And in 2014, Sturm’s full anti-inflammatory collection, Molecular Cosmetics, was born.

Though Sturm’s products have a long celebrity client list, Winfrey says her confidence in the brand comes from her use of the products and seeing firsthand how they helped her skin. 

“Whenever I discover something delightful, I love to share it,” she said in an April 13 post on Instagram and Facebook. “I’ve been using Dr. Barbara Sturm products ever since they were introduced into my life four years ago. I liked them so much — especially the treatments for darker skin tones — that I called Dr. Sturm to tell her I wanted to invest in the company.” 

Winfrey’s favorite products, she said, include “the enzyme cleanser for darker skin tones, followed by Glow Drops.”

Oprah chats with Dr. Sturm

In April, Sturm joined Winfrey for a special Oprah Daily conversation about aging, inflammation, and secrets to glowy skin. Winfrey explained why proper skin care is so important to her: “We spend our lives inside our skin. Taking care of it is so important to living a whole and healthy life.”  

Sturm said her approach to healthy skin involves quelling inflammation with non-aggressive healing ingredients. “Fragrance, mineral oil, or even ingredients that are quite loved, like retinol and glycolic acid, can increase inflammation or disrupt the skin barrier.”  

Instead, she relies on hero ingredients such as purslane, a plant extract that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and can also activate a skin enzyme that helps reverse cell aging. Many of her products also incorporate hydrating hyaluronic acid. 

Another reason Sturm’s products stand out — and Winfrey said this one was especially important — is that it has a line formulated for darker skin tones. Sturm says melanin-rich skin is prone to more inflammation than other skin tones, which can lead to acne, dark spots and discoloration.

Best products from Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics line

Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Drops

Winfrey’s “favorite, favorite” Sturm product hydrates and plumps skin. It uses purslane to boost levels of vitamin A and omega-3 acids and reduce irritation, while polygonum bistorta root acts as an antimicrobial anti-ager and optimizes skin tone. It also contains optical pigments to provide an instant shimmer to the skin.

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Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser

Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Enzyme Cleanser

This product, a cleansing foam and enzymatic peel in one removes dry or rough skin, environmental impurities, cosmetics and excess oil on the skin’s surface. It provides a deep yet gentle cleanse and exfoliation when mixed with water, reducing pollution and blackheads from your pores. The result is a revitalized complexion that’s radiant and hydrated. 

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Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

This silky, lightweight, fast-absorbing cream helps keep skin hydrated and firm when applied twice daily. It relies on skullcap and purslane, which calm the skin and reduce the visible signs of irritation. Use it after cleansing the skin and apply gently to the face, neck, decollete and delicate skin around the eyes.

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Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Discovery Kit

Dr. Barbara Sturm Darker Skin Tones Discovery Kit

This travel-friendly kit of miniatures lets you try Dr. Sturm’s entire lineup for darker skin tones — all conveniently housed in an orange linen travel bag, part of Dr. Sturm’s migration to sustainable packaging. You’ll get the darker skin tones foam cleanser, enzyme cleanser, hyaluronic serum, face cream and face cream rich. 

Sold by Amazon, Revolve and Dr. Sturm

Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Hyaluronic acid is a well-loved skincare ingredient for its intense hydrating properties. Sturm’s version of a hyaluronic acid serum uses a concentrated balance of low and high molecularly weighted acids, which boost moisture to help reduce the formation of wrinkles. It also includes calming purslane to  reduce visible signs of irritation.

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Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Kit

Dr. Barbara Sturm Glow Kit

This nifty collection includes the facial scrub, facial mask, hyaluronic serum, face cream and glow drops, with additions of enzyme cleanser and better B niacinamide serum to help combat uneven skin tone and refine the pores. Together, the kit represents Dr. Sturm’s essential seven-step skin care routine for a fresh, radiant and natural glow.

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Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Eye Cream

This luxe eye cream helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark shadows and helps lift the upper eye lid thanks to Persian silk tree extract. Meanwhile, a combination of biopolymers, acacia gum and an ingredient derived from microalgae smooths and firms delicate skin and red ginseng helps firm the skin matrix and smooths crow‘s-feet. It also has moisturizing and plumping hyaluronic acid. 

Sold by Amazon and Dr. Sturm

Best Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Mask

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Mask

Skin gets an extra moisture boost with this twice-weekly mask, left on skin for 10 to 15 minutes before being washed off. Regular use can result in reduced sebum for a clearer and more even complexion, while fine lines and wrinkles can also be minimized. It’s enriched with balloon vine, viper’s bugloss and sunflower seed oil to improve the skin’s moisture barrier.

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