Deciding whether or not to repurchase skincare products is usually low-key exciting and in this case, the two serums that I may or may not be inviting back into my stash are Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops and Inca Rose Pure Solutions Stem Cells Serum.
First up, Dr Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops (made in Germany), draws on a Skin Protect Complex featuring extracts from marine microorganisms plus active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which holds up to one thousand times its weight in water. There’s also alteromonas ferment extract which is a skin conditioning agent widely used in pro-ageing (nee anti-ageing) formulas and cocoa seed extract which helps your skin to retain moisture. Then there’s purslane extract, derived from a plant that’s remarkably high in fatty oils, antioxidants, vitamins A, C and E plus B-complex and appears to be an extraordinary, naturally occurring pro-ageing plant. As it happens, purslane is also very good to eat if you can find it.
Dr Barbara Sturm Anti Pollution Drops come in a glass bottle with a dropper top that never malfunctions. That minor detail matters because nothing is more bothersome than a product dropper that stops being useful.
On the skin, this serum feels light, almost like it’s not even there plus it absorbs quickly when applied. A very key thing with daytime skincare, which this is, is how it behaves under makeup and sunscreen and this didn’t present any problems at all.
When worn alone it feels exceptionally comfortable and gives the skin a smoothed, plumped look. I’ve used it under layers and layers of sunscreen and makeup in very hot temperatures and everything remained intact. Same for using it in very cold temperatures, it’s proven to be unproblematic, so if you’re on the hunt for a serum that is unlikely to disrupt other products on your face, give this one a try.
A couple last key things to note about Dr Barbara Sturm Anti Pollution Drops is that it’s meant to be your skin’s ally in the fight against pollutive particles in the atmosphere that we can’t see with the naked eye including the effects of blue light from all the screens. I’ve checked Dr Sturm’s website and the Anti Pollution Drops now comes in two sizes, making it easier to add to your routine.
Inca Rose Pure Solutions Stem Cells Serum (made in Italy), scores marks first for being easy on your purse. This powerful, rejuvenating and pro-ageing serum also comes in a glass bottle with a non-malfunctioning dropper.
I used this serum about two to three times per week as part of my nighttime skincare routine, usually alone or layered with other skincare.
Texturally, it almost feels like water, going into the skin instantly leaving no residue. While using it, I sometimes noticed that it had a mild exfoliating effect as it emphasised dry patches that only became visible after it had been on my skin for a while.
The stem cells in this serum come from Gardenia, Swiss Apples and Unripe Green Grapes.
Benefits of gardenia in the formula is collagen protection, while the swiss apple stem cells help to jump-start the skin in an effort to keep it looking younger for a longer time. The unripe green grapes also help to energise the skin’s cells, making this serum a straightforward product that is unlikely to irritate your skin while helping to maintain your skin’s vitality.
This is one of those products that are free from outlandish claims and over the top packaging. It’s possible to finish it quickly if you’re using it every night but if not, it’s likely to be a good compliment to the rest of your routine. The one drawback is sourcing it, as it’s primarily available in the European market. But all is not lost, you can find it here via this non-affiliate link on cocooncenter.co.uk. Purchases can be made using several major currencies.
Ultimately, I’d recommend these two serums quite highly if you’re in the market. The Dr Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops make a great defence layer for daytime use. For nighttime, the Inca Rose Pure Solutions Stem Cells is quite effective but it may take a few weeks for you to become intrigued. While you’re at it, why not catch up with my makeup brush report card [in this post] and I hope this helps.