I Spent $300 on a Face Serum and Live to Tell About it
Roki Prunali | Friday April 19th 2019
Photo by Philip Gay
I cannot stress how many times I have put Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum in my cart but then chickened out due to the outrageous price tag. I’ve been lusting after the skincare pioneer’s products ever since Anja Tyson interviewed her here on All the Pretty Birds.
Well, a few weeks ago I was shopping for a present for my cousin and decided to get her something skincare related. The skincare boutique where I was shop carries Dr. Barbara Sturm so I selected a little starter kit for my cousin so she could get acquainted with the brand. Leave it to my pregnancy brain, I also tossed Dr. Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum into my basket because it is pregnancy safe without even thinking about the price. I confess I am a repeat offender of: 1) selecting goods without looking at the price; 2) being utterly shocked when I receive my bill; and 3) being too embarrassed to put things back. This time when I checked out at the register and eyed my $600 receipt, I was left at a complete pause until my brain registered the $300 Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum.
Honestly, after returning to my home, I left the serum in its original packaging next to the receipt with the intent of returning it. However, anyone who knows me is fully aware that I do not return anything. I am the retailer’s dream client. Call me impulse Roki, and like I mentioned earlier, I’d never be caught returning anything for fear of ridicule. So in full acceptance of my reality, I decided to give my newfound liquid gold a go for the sake of my dignity and for any of you Pretty Birds who might be interested.
Plus, I can totally justify my latest predicament. As of late, my facial skin has been seriously dehydrated, looks dull and is full of blackheads. Pretty Birds, this second pregnancy has totally skimped on the pregnancy glow. While I can deal with the dullness, there is no way I’m going to sit back and let the blackheads set up residence on my face. Frustrated with these feisty little squatters, I consulted with my facialist Emma at Skin Worship, who told me that I need to eliminate the harsher serums and cleansers that I had been using to combat the blackheads, and instead go marathon with the hydration.
Dr. Barbara Sturm has spent most of the last decade developing the Molecular Cosmetics that focuses on our own bodies’ proteins to counteract aging. She believes that most skin problems come from inflammation. She tested ingredients on her own skin and discovered that most of the skin’s inflammation comes from the wrong use of products, harsh ingredients and treatments, loads of makeup, lack of sleep, diet or hormonal problems. Her findings lead her to formulate her approach around boosting hydration and reducing inflammation.
The Hyaluronic Serum is full of highly concentrated long and short hyaluronic molecules that provide intense hydration. It boasts instant effects against wrinkles leaving your skin tangibly firmer, intensively hydrated and looking refreshed and radiant. The short chain molecules penetrate deeper into the skin and replenish your moisture reserve for the longer periods. The long chain molecules offer a more immediate intensive hydration on the surface.
I’ve been using the serum day and night for the last week. I apply it after a gentle cleaner and before I moisturize. I am so happy to admit, relieved really, that my skin feels tighter, looks more youthful, is finally glowing (yes, I’m seven month pregnant for christ sake!), and is nice and dewey (hello hydration!). Also, my pores are less visible and my skin tone seems to be more even. And there is even a silver lining to my latest episode of pay now, pass out after: while that teeny bottle has a hefty price tag, a little drop goes a long way.