The aging of human skin is caused by multiple factors. Genetics play an important role, and also external and internal stresses (like pollution, sun exposure, smoking, cosmetic irritants…etc.), because they trigger inflammation which is a key factor of aging. Different skin types have specific needs and characteristics and so does skin of color (Fitzpatrick skin types V-VI): Skin of color’s additional melanin provides significant protection against both photo-aging and skin cancer. Its dermal architecture and barrier function is very robust, its dermis is thicker and firmer than in white skin. Skin of color is also comparatively more elastic. Yet it tends to have larger pores, more sebum flow and it has a heightened susceptibility to inflammation, which commonly leads to the consequence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration concerns.
The base of all Dr. Sturm skin products is built around anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation, cellular nourishment and rejuvenation. To address the particular challenges of darker skin tones, especially inflammation and its consequences, Angela & Barbara carefully selected and added powerful natural ingredients that had been shown in clinical trials to have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and wound healing properties as well as compounds that would even skin tone and that could help skin both visually and at the cellular level.
„The result is what Angela and I believe are truly beautiful and effective products for skin of color.“ (Dr. Barbara Sturm)
- MAGNOLIA BARK EXTRACT
Magnolia bark contains two potent anti-inflammatory substances, Magnolol and Honokiol which synergistically inhibit the activation of NF-KB, a key mediator in both inflammatory and aging processes. It can protect skin against chronic inflammation, neutralizes internal aging factors and evens skin tone.
WHITEWOOD BARK EXTRACT
reduces pore size and shine and refines skin grain and is an efficient treatment for oily skin. The special plant extract (Enantia chlorantha) contains protoberberines, associated with oleonic acid and controls the sebum flux acting on the number of sebocytes.
is an instant and gradual skin brightener. It is an extract of micro algae and gives the skin an instant even, luminous and mat complexion with no white residue, and brings a physiological lightening effect. It helps decrease the amount of melanin in the skin by stabilizing tyrosinase in its inactive form.
ACID, LONG-CHAINED AND SHORT-CHAINED
is an intensely moisturizing substance that naturally occurs in human tissues, but diminishes with age. Hyaluronic acid is the most intensice hydrator of the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.
is a blend of humectants in aqueous solution as a substitute for the “Natural Moisturizing Factor”
(NMF) of human skin.
PURSLANE (PORTULACA OLERACEA)
a potent plant-based compound and key ingredient in all Dr. Barbara Sturm products with tremendous anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties up-regulating the youth enzyme Telomerase.