I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Dr. Barbara Sturm luxury skincare products or seen her luxe, minimalist packaging in stores. I’m sure you’ve also seen the steep prices on those products, and maybe wondered if they were worth the price tag. There are many products in her range, and I bought four of them to review. Below are my thoughts on the Enzyme Cleanser, The Balancing Toner, The Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich, and the Anti-aging Body Cream.
The Enzyme Cleanser ($75) is in powder form and mixes with water to make a soft foam. It’s particularly ideal for oily or combo skin. The suggested use for oily skin is two to three times per week. For me (and my normal to dry skin), this cleanser was best used only once per week, and I mixed it with a creamy cleanser instead of water. I really like this cleanser. Sometimes at the end of the week my skin can feel really congested and grimy and in need of a good cleaning. Especially in hot weather. This cleanser made my skin look and feel refreshed, tighter, and less congested. But while I really like it (and I’ll probably get more frequent use out of it in the coming months), I just don’t think it does anything special enough to warrant the price tag. I’m not going to repurchase this cleanser. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
The Balancing Toner ($75) is made for all skin types. It is super hydrating (from the hyaluronic acid) and gentle on my skin. Whenever I’ve overdone it with the acids and I just need a gentle, soothing toner this is what I use. I’m torn on whether I would repurchase this, though. I have used other toners that are just as hydrating and almost as soothing that cost much less. It’s a great product, but I have great toners that don’t cost seventy-five dollars. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
The Darker Skin Tones Face Cream Rich ($230) is for normal, dry, and combination skin. The rich face cream is lighter than the other rich face creams I have used but manages to still be extremely moisturizing. It melted into my skin like butter, and after a couple of weeks, the texture of my skin was super creamy and even. My pores looked smaller and my skin always had a nice glow. I would definitely repurchase this moisturizer. This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.
The Anti-aging Body Cream ($95) contains shea butter, grape seed oil, vitamin C, lactic acid. This is a lightweight cream that spreads easily and absorbs quickly. It left my skin feeling nice and moisturized, but the moisture didn’t last all day. I need a heavier cream for my dry skin. I dropped this in my bag and now use it as a hand moisturizer now. I wouldn’t buy this body cream again. This product is cruelty-free.
All of these products were gentle on my skin and never caused any irritation. The face products have no discernible scent, and the body cream has a light nutty scent. I have my eye on a few more items from this range that I want to try out. Have you tried any of the Dr. Sturm products? What are your thoughts?