Why Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Essentials Kit Is Worth It

My honest take on why you should spend your money on Dr. Barbara's Sturm's skincare set.

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Hi you beautiful human, welcome back to Worth It (opens in new tab), my bi-weekly breakdown of the absolute best new beauty product I've tried. Sure, splurging on makeup or skincare is a risk, but trust that this beauty editor will only recommend something I wholeheartedly believe is worth every penny. Because you deserve the best of the best. Keep reading to discover the one product you do not want to miss out on, and catch up on the latest Worth It breakdown, here (opens in new tab).

Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Essentials Kit

THE PROMISE:

Unless you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate year-round, you can't escape eskimo season. No matter how much you bundle up in your scarf to face winter's brutal weather or post *take me back* tropical vacation photos on Insta, your skin is going to feel the effects of lower temperatures and need some serious defense. Studies (opens in new tab) show that more than 81 million people deal with dry and itchy skin from November to March. It's all good though, none other than Dr. Barbara Sturm's Winter Essentials Kit will help you avoid the dry, flaky, dull results of cold weather. Deluxe travel-sizes of Sturm's facial scrub, cleanser, face cream, hyaluronic acid serum, calming serum, and hydrating face mask make up the impossible-to-overlook holographic pouch of products. All are from Sturm's Molecular Skincare collection, which is praised for using high-grade, natural, active ingredients for effective cell turnover.

Dr. Barbara Sturm's comprehensive expertise on skin and knowledge on fast-acting ingredients is truly unparalleled. It's why her line is beloved by the Kardashians, supermodels like Alessandra Ambrosio, Adut Akech, and Shanina Shaik, editors, influencers, and beauty enthusiasts alike, and deemed worth it when it comes to tackling anti-aging, inflammation, dullness, and more. Just scroll through the #SturmGlow hashtag on Instagram to see what all the hype is about.

WHY I'M OBSESSED:

fell madly in love with (opens in new tab) Dr. Barbara Sturm's line for darker skin tones last fall. After using the line for only a few weeks, it drastically faded my dark spots and quickly became one of my most-loved brands of all time (opens in new tab).

Her newly launched Winter Essentials Kit has quickly become a must-have of mine. Here's a lil' secret: I've been using it since way before winter. I fly a lot, and if you pour water on a dry surface in an airplane, it evaporates about 50 percent faster (opens in new tab). Imagine what that does to your skin! To avoid the hellish after-effects, I whip out this bad boy and use the face cream, hyaluronic serum, and hydrating mask during every flight.

If you like to try before you buy, I recommend investing in this kit of minis to figure out your faves before splurging on full-size products. I could go on and on about what I love about each product, but I've limited myself to a one-sentence review for each. The facial scrub (opens in new tab) washes the grime of a busy day off of my face but has the hydrating benefits of silk extract so my skin doesn't feel uncomfortably tight post-exfoliation. The light foaming cleanser (opens in new tab) has active ingredients and soothing aloe that doesn't strip my skin of natural oils. The antioxidant-filled face cream (opens in new tab) gives me a lingering glow. My absolute favorite, the hyaluronic serum (opens in new tab), is made of a concentrated balance of hyaluronic acid that penetrates beyond the moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration. The calming serum (opens in new tab) has a plant-based blend of vitamins and sweet almond oil to protect the skin from pollutants. And last but certainly not least, the hydrating face mask (opens in new tab) is my secret radiance weapon when my skin needs extra TLC. Pick your poison.

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Maya Allen
Maya Allen

Maya Allen is the former Digital Beauty Editor at MarieClaire.com where she covered makeup, skincare, haircare, wellness, you name it! She has a 15-step skincare routine, owns over 200 red lipsticks, and enjoys testing the latest and greatest in beauty. On most weekends, you can find her at her happy place, which is her makeup vanity. There, she’s usually blasting her speakers while singing along to lyrics at the top of her lungs, and making sure her highlighter is on point.