City Skincare & Travel Tips with Dr. Barbara Sturm

Top tips from esteemed doctor, Barbara Sturm, for taking care of your skin in one of the world's busiest cities.


Dr. Barbara Sturm is a German aesthetics doctor, world-recognised for her non-surgical anti-ageing treatments and methods for rejuvenating the skin. Dr. Sturm began her medical career in orthopedics as part of the team that developed cutting-edge, anti-inflammatory treatments for osteoarthritis and back pain. Termed the “Kobe Procedure” after patient and NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant, the treatment utilises the patient’s own blood cells to produce proteins that reduce inflammation and stimulate the healing process.

She then translated cutting-edge science from her clinical research and orthopedic practice into the field of aesthetics, and opened her own medical clinic in Düsseldorf. One of her signature innovative treatments rejuvenates tired skin to deliver healthy, glowing skin without surgical intervention.

Dr. Barbara Sturm's treatments and products can be found at ESPA Life at Corinthia


I have been working closely with Corinthia for some time and I truly believe it is one of the most luxurious and guest-centric hotels in the world. Corinthia understands that their guests, similarly to my patients, require results. They are also open to innovation, not bound by their industry norms, so it's a great fit for me.


  • What's your favourite thing about London?

London is one of my favourite cities in the world; it's the people who make it great, and the history written in the architecture is also special.  


  • Who is your typical client?

My typical client is simply someone who wants to have healthy, glowing skin. My clients are men and women from everywhere in the world.


  • Tell us about the key treatments on offer at Corinthia London.

My signature Instant Glow Facial is on offer at the Corinthia along with five others that I’ve created with my aestheticians. I designed the Instant Glow for clients to get a feel for my main line of products and receive the signature Sturm Glow. 


  • What's the one skincare tip everyone should know about?

Avoid or minimise all inflammation triggers, including unprotected sun or pollution exposure, harsh skin care ingredients or treatments, smoking, drinking excessive alcohol and eating an inflammatory diet with sugar, processed meats and fried food.    

Skincare expert Dr. Barbara Sturm
Three skincare products from Dr. Barbara Sturm


  • What's the one big skincare mistake that we are all making?

Well, I will list two, because they are related. First, people should not self-curate their skin care regime. By mixing different ingredients and approaches they may throw pH off, and the alchemy of these different ingredients can easily cause redness and irritation.

Secondly, people are harming rather than healing their skin. It sounds obvious, but so many skincare ingredients and skin treatment approaches like lasers and acid peels are designed to attack the skin to give “quick results.”  If there is redness or it burns, that’s a sign of injury, not that it’s working.  


  • How does living in a city affect someone's skin?

In a city we are surrounded by pollution on a daily basis, either by environmental air pollution, for example in the form of particulate matter, heavy metal toxins or ozone among many others, or by light pollution such as ultraviolet radiation (UVR) or HEV light. Pollution levels are generally higher in cities and it’s one of the largest invisible aggressors and inflammation triggers on our skin.


  • What should we be doing to combat pollution damage?

It is important to make sure to protect ourselves by strengthening the skin’s natural barrier function. The best way to achieve this is to make sure that skincare products being used don’t contain anything that would irritate the skin or weaken the it with aggressive ingredients. I recommend by my Anti-Pollution Drops coupled with my Anti-Pollution Food.The drops contain high amount of concentrated Hyaluronic Acid, which refills the skins moisture depots and actually strengthens the skin barrier function. The Anti-Pollution Drops contain ingredients such as Alteromonas Ferment extract, which has the ability to bio-adapt to the skins surface and create protective shield, making sure the air pollutants don’t cause harm to the skin. My Anti-Pollution Food is a supplement that works from the inside out to strengthen the existing skin barrier making it better equipped to combat the effects of pollution.


  • What's your favourite product from your range that's available at Corinthia London?

My products are like my children – I created each of them for a reason and I don’t pick favourites.  I sometimes say my Hyaluronic Serum is the “white t-shirt” of my range – it’s that fundamental to skin health and appearance. But my products are designed to be used as an overall regime.

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