Dr. Barbara Sturm - Clarifying Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Serum

PROMISES
FULFILLED
56 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
Works for
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-aging
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
Key ingredients
  • lactobacillus/portulaca oleracea ferment extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • zinc pca
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"The Clarifying Serum targets blemished skin and was developed to smooth, hydrate and alleviate sensitivity and redness in skin while also replenishing moisture levels and rebalancing skin."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (zinc pca) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Specialising in non-surgical, age-defying skin solutions, Dr. Barbara Sturm is adored by the skin-savvy for her incredible formulations jam-packed with hardworking antioxidants and designed around her innovative treatments."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain ingredients that are able to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or help with skin elasticity, but it can improve the look of the skin temporarily through moisturization. Well-moisturized skin might also be able to repair the sun damage better.This ingredient - zinc pca - could be helpful for preventing or repairing signs of aging in theory, but there is no evidence that it actually works.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Albatrellus ovinus extract and purslane calm the skin and reduce redness, resulting in a more even complexion."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (lactobacillus/portulaca oleracea ferment extract) that could help reduce hyperpigmentation (for example, post-acne marks or age spots) in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
See a mistake?
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What does the product description say?
"The Clarifying Serum targets blemished skin and was developed to smooth, hydrate and alleviate sensitivity and redness in skin while also replenishing moisture levels and rebalancing skin."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": sodium hyaluronate, zinc pca.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
Obtained from fermenting a plant extract with bacteria Lactobacillus. The resulting compound might be able to calm down inflammation and have some anti-oxidant properties, but solid evidence is missing

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