Dr Barbara Sturm’s skincare line has risen to astronomical heights so quickly. It’s one of the most coveted (and most expensive) luxury skincare brands and sits alongside Dr Barbara Sturm’s clinics, where treatments are available. I am not going to lie, this is one PRICEY face mask, but is it worth the high price point? Let’s find out…
The Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask comes either in a 50ML pot (£90 from Dr Barbara Sturm) or in 7 travel-friendly sachets of 10ML each (£110 from Dr Barbara Sturm). You can also try it via a 20ML tube for £40 too. I opted for the box of 7 sachets so that it was easier to take the mask on any trips with me and it does work out a few £ cheaper per use. At £15-£18 per application, this is a high-end mask. However, personally, I don’t need a full 10ML to cover my face, so I think you could get a few more uses out of this mask if you reduce how thickly you apply it. The Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask is a thick, smooth cream mask that you apply in a generous layer, and then leave your skin to drink it in and the mask to work its magic. It’s designed to hydrate, moisturise, calm and soothe. To me, this is very much like a ‘rescue’ mask i.e. it’s a mask for when your skin is stressed, irritated or super dry; rather than an everyday mask. It definitely does what it says on the tin – Purslane soothes the skin and calms irritation, Aloe Vera calms the skin and hydrates, Chamomile soothes the skin and Kaolin Clay softens the skin to leave it more supple. There’s also conditioning Vitamin E and Sweet Almond Oil.
Dr Barbara Sturm advises that you use this mask 2 to 3 times per week; but unless you have a skin condition that causes daily irritation and dryness, I don’t think this is necessary. At least, not for me. I keep this mask for when my skin is dry and stressed – maybe after sunburn, after too much acid application, or after a cold/flu. This definitely makes it more affordable. I leave it on my skin until there’s nothing left for my skin to absorb, then I wipe it off with a warm flannel. It’s definitely fine to leave this mask on for hours longer than the recommended 10-15 minutes; in-fact, I think it’s the best way to get your money’s worth.
The Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask is really nice mask, and it does everything it claims to. I really enjoyed using it and it improved the look and feel of my skin every time I used it. However, is it worth its price tag? I don’t think I’d re-purchase this at full price as there are other, more affordable, masks on the market that pretty much do the same job. If it was quite reduced in the sale or was gifted to me, I’d happily re-use it though. If this Dr Barbara Sturm Face Mask is way out of your budget, you should try the Paula’s Choice Super Hydrate Overnight Mask, the Plenaire Skin Frosting Deeply Hydrating Mask or the PAI Skincare Resurrection Girl Mask.
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