Skin Whisperer Dr. Barbara Sturm Talks Glow, Breakouts, and Blood Cream

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Skin Whisperer Dr. Barbara Sturm Talks Glow, Breakouts, and Blood Cream


goop beauty editors Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill love to ask–and answer–questions. On their podcast, The Beauty Closet, they’re doing both. To familiarize you with each week’s guest, we came up with a goop beauty (and life) questionnaire.


Barbara Sturm, MD, aesthetic doctor and founder and CEO of Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics

Sturm filled out our goop beauty questionnaire with even more tips, tricks, and skin wisdom.

What are the two products you make that everyone needs and why?

The Hyaluronic Serum, because it’s the gold standard for hydration: It blends short- and long-chain hyaluronic acid molecules to provide hydration both on the surface and in deeper skin layers. It also acts as a delivery vehicle to transport active ingredients more deeply into the skin. And the Face Cream, because it contains panthenol and squalane, which help bind water into the skin to leave it nourished and soothed. The cream also has shea butter, which is packed with essential fatty acids, and purslane, an amazing antioxidant. A good moisturizer is essential in order to protect the natural skin barrier, keep skin well-nourished, and provide it with lipids to
function optimally.

When did you last use SPF?

When I was in LA and it was sunny. I like to use SPF only when I’m in the sun. Skin also needs sun
for vitamin D production, so I mix Sun Drops SPF 50 into my Face Cream, or sometimes use it by
itself when I spend time in the sun.

goop pick:

Preferred form of exercise?


Best tip for exfoliating?

The Enzyme Cleanser is such a gentle and elegant form of exfoliating. It contains enzymes that
specifically target dead skin cells and leave skin super smooth.

First job?

Selling ice cream when I was seventeen.

How did you spend your last vacation?


Go-to weeknight recipes?

Roasted cauliflower, teriyaki salmon, vegetable Thai curry, and melanzane.

What would you put on your neon sign?


How often do you get a blow-dry?


Proudest moment?

Definitely the birth of my kids.

Favorite book?

I’m currently obsessed with Jiddu Krishnamurti’s Freedom from the Known.

Date-night makeup look?

I don’t wear much makeup. I like to show my skin and have a natural look. To prepare my skin, I use
the Face Mask, leave it on for twenty minutes, and then rub it off, followed by the Hyaluronic
Serum, Face Cream, and Lifting Serum. I use bronze eye shadow, a bronze- or copper-tone mascara, and
my lip balm, then I’ll apply my Glow Drops.

goop pick:


My mom.

You wouldn’t leave home without?

My Hydrating Face Mist.

Won’t fly without?

I use the Face Mask before and afterward to make sure my skin is deeply hydrated, and on long-haul
flights, I apply it before takeoff and remove it before landing.

How often do you recharge your crystals?

Not enough.

Perfect Sunday afternoon?

A movie with my kids and cookies.

goopiest moment so far?

Being at In goop Health for my master classes.

Favorite beauty-related pick-me-up?

Sleep is one of the most important parts of regeneration for your health, your skin, and your overall
well-being. A good night’s sleep is essential for mental and physical health, but it isn’t always
easy for me to achieve. I take my Sleep Food supplements while traveling between different time
zones to help. It’s a blend of natural active ingredients, and I can really feel the effects. It’s
the one thing that I can count on to feel regenerated.

Favorite clean beauty products you don’t make?


Most effective order in which to apply skin care?

Apply your clear serums first, then lipid serums, then face cream, then sun protection.

Need help figuring out where to add these into your routine? Have a specific question? Send a message to the pros at [email protected] for personalized assistance.

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