with Dr Bar­bara Sturm in Düs­sel­dorf

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To say Dr Sturm has a fas­ci­na­tion with blood is an un­der­state­ment. She’s re­spon­si­ble for the ‘vam­pire Face-lift’ (Google it for a self­ex­plana­tory vis­ual), and has har­nessed the ap­par­ent heal­ing power of the fluid in a mois­turiser, called MC1. Dis­claimer: the only blood you’ll ever en­counter is solely your own. And the sci­ence? Plasma from blood con­tains re­gen­er­a­tive, an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory pro­teins – and in­flam­ma­tion is be­lieved to be the root of all age­ing.

What’s her thing? ‘We use non-toxic, sci­en­tific in­gre­di­ents that are ef­fec­tive,’ she says. Of her 13-strong prod­uct sta­ble, the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor in­gre­di­ent is purslane, a plant proven to help telom­eres (the pro­tec­tive caps on our chro­mo­somes). And – con­trary to the in­cli­na­tions of the in­dus­try – she be­lieves that in­stead of ‘harsh retinols that in the long-term weaken cells, we need heal­ing in­gre­di­ents’.

Who should visit? Those in the mar­ket for a more plumped face. Dr Bar­bara is a mas­ter in the util­i­sa­tion of hyaluronic acid (a mol­e­cule known to hold over 1,000 times its own weight in wa­ter) – her Hyaluronic Am­poules are a stal­wart in celeb make-up bags the world over.

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