7 Summer Skin Essentials
7 Summer Skin Essentials

7 Summer Skin Essentials

Proven-to-work formulas, silky textures and nourishing, hydrating ingredients – it’s no wonder beauty insiders swear by Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare products. Whether you’re looking for a new SPF or compact sets perfect for travel, here are seven we love…

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The No-Fuss Protection

Sun Drops SPF 50, £45

Use these SPF drops alone, five minutes after applying your regular cream, or mix them in with your chosen skincare product for high levels of protection against both UVA and UVB rays. The important thing is to make sure you reapply these drops regularly. As well as high-level factor 50 protection, vitamin E, beta-glucan and vitamin C work to rebuild damaged skin cells for better glow and skin elasticity. You’ll barely feel them on the skin, while the luminous dry down provides a healthy sheen. Even better, they now come in a compact 10ml size.

The Silky Make Up Remover

Cleanser, £18

This 50ml travel-sized cleanser is large enough to last you well beyond the end of summer, but it’s also the perfect size for your carry-on. A gentle foam, this contains hydrating ingredients like purslane extract, urea, aloe vera and vitamin E – all of which nourish skin and keep it feeling soft and supple post-cleanse. The formula gently dissolves away all traces of dirt and make-up while getting down deep into your pores to detoxify skin – there’s no need for a double cleanse with this one. The results are impressive too, with 100% agreeing their skin felt cleaner and 98% saying their skin looked calmer, soothed and silky-soft with every use.*

*Consumer study of 66 participants

The Skin Quencher

Aloe Vera Gel, £60

With consistent five-star reviews, this light, juicy gel is one of our favourite Dr. Barbara Sturm products. It immediately takes down redness and alleviates feelings of tightness thanks to a formula that contains 90% pure organic aloe vera – but there’s also added panthenol in there, which is full of anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling. It works well on sun-exposed skin, but we’ve found it also takes down redness from bites and razor rash, too. Cooling and refreshing, it’s the ultimate drink for thirsty skin. 

The Luxe Travel Set

Summer Kit, £200 (worth £345)

This summer kit is worth £345 but costs £200, and it has a mixture of full-size and mini products. Including all the brand bestsellers – including its hyaluronic serum, face cream, aloe vera gel and sun drops – it has everything you need to keep skin smooth, supple and healthy all summer long. It’s also a great way to try things out before committing to anything long term. We love the neoprene bag – and with every purchase of this kit, you will receive this free beach bag worth £65. 

The Tan Preparing Supplements

Sun Skin, £65

It’s true that there is no ‘safe tan’ with experts all agreeing that nothing you apply to your skin will completely prevent the production of melanin – skin’s protective dark pigment. That said, taking the right supplements can help. They don’t mean you require less sunscreen, but they do boost the skin’s natural defences against UVA and UVB rays. Plus, they prepare the skin for the sun and protect cells from UV-induced stress with vitamins C and E, purslane and zinc. We took these four months prior to sun exposure and found allergies, including heat rash and prickly heat, weren’t nearly as bad. Seeing is believing, but you only have to read the reviews to understand the hype. As with any supplement, always consult your doctor first.

The Hydration Hitter

Hyaluronic Serum, £85

If you’re looking to invest in a good-quality hyaluronic acid serum this summer, make it this one. The very thin texture is like silk, melting into the skin with zero tackiness or greasiness. Immediately, skin feels soft and looks smoother – ideal if you’re prepping the skin for make-up. Within days, you’ll see better glow and more even skin tone – no wonder it’s been dubbed the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of HA serums. Now available in 10ml, you can try the smaller size before investing.

The Skin Nourisher

Sun Cream Body SPF30, From £40

If you want a nourishing SPF that doesn’t require endless layering, you need to invest in this velvety cream. Designed to protect skin and soak up dryness, it contains hydration big hitters like hyaluronic acid, glycerine and vitamin E – but don’t imagine that means it’s thick or heavy. It’s lightweight, absorbs quickly and it’s a doddle to apply. The nourishing ingredients keep skin looking and feeling soft, leaving behind a subtle glow. Suitable for all skin types, it’s also been created for those with sensitivities in mind.  


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