Dr. Barbara SturmDr. Barbara Sturm
A medical doctor based in Dusseldorf, Germany, Dr. Barbara Sturm first became known for the bespoke, blood plasma-based creams she whipped up for her patients. In 2014, she created her Molecular Cosmetics line in order to make her innovative approach to skincare—with its focus on simple, effective products—available to the public.What drove you to start your own brand? I’m an aesthetics doctor whose medical career has also focused on combatting inflammation. In 2002, I invented anti-inflammatory medical treatments using a patient’s own blood plasma. This was later termed the “Vampire Facial.” Soon after, I created a blood plasma-based cream for my patients. When my patients then asked me to recommend a post-medical treatment skincare regime, I surveyed the market and found it was all aggressive ingredients and marketing, so I set out to create something unique: a skincare regime built around anti-inflammatory ingredient science. It took me several years, but the result was my high-performance Dr. Barbara Sturm skincare range.
It’s in my nature to create, design and invent new techniques, products and formulations. I am driven on the creation side to invent new solutions for patients, and that passion has driven my scientific work for the last two decades. The secret is that I never give up, and try and try and try to find the perfect combination and concentration of ingredients.
In the evening, I usually go to bed with my 6 year-old and read her a story, and we both fall asleep early. I apply my Super Anti-Aging Serum and Night Serum before bed and finish with my Eye Cream and then the Face Cream. I also take my Sleep Food supplement before bed, especially after a stress-filled day. It’s a blend of natural active ingredients that relax the body and mind, which helps me fall asleep sooner and deeper. What would people be surprised to learn about you? That I don’t come from a beauty angle. In fact, I grew up as a tomboy and loved spending my childhood outside in nature, where I would often go into the forest and pick medicinal herbs and roots with my mom. I didn’t even see an eyeliner until I was 24 years-old. What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own business? I always tell people to focus on their passion and not on money, and to create something that does not exist.