The Best Skincare Tips from the Inventor of the Vampire Facial

 

The Vampire Facial is one of the most popular treatments at Jolie Vie Aesthetics here in Arkansas! Our patients love it! We were so excited to come across this article about skincare tips from the inventor of the Vampire Facial, Dr. Barbara Sturm.

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The Best Skincare Tips from the Inventor of the Vampire Facial

Dr. Barbara Sturm on her cult-favourite line and the skin treatment that started it all.
Dr. Barbara Sturm

If you haven’t heard of Dr. Barbara Sturm, you’ve probably seen her signature skin treatment: the Vampire Facial.

It looks exactly how it sounds—it’s a facial using your own blood—and it went viral after Kim Kardashian famously shared an Instagram photo in 2013.

Since then, the German-born aesthetics doctor has also garnered a cult following for her bespoke MC1 Cream, a.k.a. the “Blood Cream.”

For US$1,400, she draws your blood, separates out the plasma, and then infuses it into a customized shea-butter-based moisturizer.

The only catch? It’s almost impossible to get, unless you can afford a trip to Düsseldorf, or you’re a celebrity. (Sturm counts Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, Cher, Sienna Miller, Angela Bassett and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients.)

The next best thing is Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, which is her collection of skincare products—minus the blood!

I got to meet Dr. Sturm when she was recently in Canada to launch the line at Gee Beauty (it’s also at NordstromCult Beauty and other retailers).

Dr. Barbara Sturm

With Dr. Barbara Sturm at Gee Beauty.

Here’s what I learned about her unique approach to skincare, plus her best tips for a healthy complexion:

How did the Vampire Facial come about?

I was an orthopedic surgeon, and I helped primarily in the treatment against osteoarthritis by using the body’s own proteins. So, using your cells to produce healing factors—mainly anti-inflammatory proteins—and we inject those into the joints.

And, I started at one point injecting hyaluronic acid into wrinkles, just for fun—

Injecting yourself, or other people?

Yeah, no, no, no. Other people!

And then I thought—because I’m a scientist, you know—I need to do something different than the mainstream, on a cellular level.

So I combined the proteins from the blood with the hyaluronic acid, and that’s what I injected.

This was like, 14 years ago that I invented the Vampire Facial.

Kim Kardashian Vampire Facial

Kim Kardashian after getting the Vampire Facial. (Photo: Kim Kardashian)

Are the effects similar to a filler, like Restylane?

You can mix it with the hyaluronic acid filler, you can mix it without, you can mix it as a mesotherapy. You can do all kinds of things.

It uses the patient’s own blood to counteract inflammation and stimulate collagen growth.

How did that lead to creating your MC1 Cream?

I put it in a cream because I myself suffered from dry skin. Nothing would really help me. I tried every cream on the market, and nothing would work for my skin.

So I invented this cream with the blood, which all of a sudden fixed my skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm MC1 Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm MC1 Cream.

So the MC1 Cream is custom-made with each person’s blood, correct?

Yes. That’s how I started with skincare.

After that, my patients were asking me “What is Dr. Sturm’s regimen?” and which skincare products they should use for this and that.

But I couldn’t recommend anything because I didn’t find anything on the market I liked.

So I decided to make some products in addition to the MC1 Cream.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm created her own line after being disappointed by other products on the market.

What do you think is the problem with most skincare products?

I think in America, there are 15,000 more ingredients than in Europe that are allowed to be in use.

So they’re not safe.

The problem is we don’t know, we don’t know.

I’m a maniac when it comes to ingredients. I’m very clean, non-toxic, cruelty-free, vegan, highly scientific.

What do you think is the worst ingredient, that people should avoid?

I don’t like fragrances, although I have a Body Cream with the tiniest bit [of natural fragrance].

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Squalane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Lactobacillus/ Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Terminalia Catappa Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Phanthenol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Pvp, Tannic Acid, Carbomer, Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower/ Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract, Disodium Edta, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Linalool, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Pantolactone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.

Otherwise, I hate fragrances. They irritate your skin.

I also hate mineral oils. Mineral oils are the worst.

What does mineral oil do to the skin?

It’s basically like putting oil, like petroleum on your face. It keeps your pores large, and it takes out hydration out of your skin.

It’s just used because it has nice cosmetic properties, and it’s cheap. I think you want to use the best on your skin.

Would it be the same with silicones?

Yes, silicones are bad. Yes, yes. And alcohols.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s line is free of synthetic fragrances, mineral oils and parabens.

Besides avoiding those ingredients, what else is unique about your skincare products?

Our whole approach is towards healing. We do anti-inflammation, we do telomerase-activating, and we do hydration.

Our products are non-greasy, they’re refreshing, and they go right in the skin and give you a glow. They just take care of the skin and the cell layers.

Are they formulated for certain skin types, or can anybody can use them?

No, [anyone can use them] because hydration is good for oily skin, for dry skin. Everybody needs hydration.

What are the best products to start with, if we can’t get a custom MC1 Cream?

I would always start with the Cream, the Cleanser, and the Hyaluronic Serum.

The Hyaluronic Serum is a water solution that transports the active ingredients into your skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate.

The Face Cream is a nice moisturizer for on top.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream

Dr. Barbara Sturm Face Cream.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecanol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Decyl Oleate, Zea Mays (Corn) Germ Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Sorbitol, Propanediol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cocoglycerides, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Panthenol, Squalane, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Baicalin, Pantolactone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.

Our Cleanser is very hydrating, and that’s a nice combination to really take care of your skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser

Dr. Barbara Sturm Cleanser.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Urea, Lactobacillus/ Portulaca Ferment Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Salicylic Acid, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Sodium Benzoate.

Do you think most people have dehydrated skin?

I think, yeah, first of all, that’s number one.

People think oils hydrate, but they do just the opposite, you know. Oils are not really hydrating. Oils are shutting down your sebum production.

It’s like, if you take hormones, your pituitary is not able to release the hormones by itself, because you’re giving your body what it needs from the outside.

Anything else you wish women would start or stop doing with their skin?

Going in and touching your face with dirty hands.

Also, less is more. But from the less, [make it] the very best. You want simple but really perfectly researched products.

And don’t put harsh ingredients on your skin.

What about acids and retinoids?

Yeah, I don’t believe in them.

Why not? Too harsh?

Yes. And it strips down your skin, makes your skin thinner, and your cells are more vulnerable.

What about if you have acne or pigmentation?

The same. Acne’s also inflammation. You need to take out the inflammation instead of putting more acids on it.

How important is sunscreen? Do you wear sunscreen?

Almost never. Only when I go in the ocean. At the beach.

That’s controversial, because most dermatologists are saying we have to wear sunscreen all the time, even on cloudy days and indoors.

Yes, but you also need vitamin D intake.

Also, I’m not a person who’s spending a lot of time in the sun, you know. I would never lie there and tan. Never ever.

But I like sports in the sun. I do water sports and then I’ll put sunscreen on.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50

Dr. Barbara Sturm Sun Drops SPF 50.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Dibutyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Arginine, Cyclohexasiloxane, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Acetamide Mea, Xanthan Gum, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Carboxymethyl Betaglucan, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Pantolactone, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Dna.

But if you’re just walking to the office or something?

No.

You don’t think it’s necessary?

No. If you use something like glycolic, then yeah, you need to wear sunscreen. But if you have healthy skin, no.

Do you think Botox is a good way to fight aging?

I like it. I do it for my patients, yeah.

Do you do it yourself?

Yes.

Is it true that Botox can cause muscle atrophy over time?

Yeah, your muscles atrophy from the Botox, of course.

Could that cause more sagging possibly?

Yes, but you know, you’re also protected from wrinkles. So it could cause sagging, but it also protects from wrinkles, so what’s better?

So you’d just have to keep up with the injections, I guess.

Yeah, exactly.

What’s your opinion on lasers and light therapies?

Light therapy’s always been good. I’ve used it since I was a kid; my parents put me in front of red lights to get rid of sinusitis. So yes, I believe in it.

I don’t believe in lasers.

Why not?

So harsh. It destroys your skin.

I think we’re all so used burning, peeling and fighting with our skin that it’s unusual to hear someone promoting “gentleness.”

And healing and telomerase-activating, which is super-scientific.

Keeping the cells alive and in really good shape, and taking out inflammation to protect from all skin conditions.

What results can people expect from your product line?

No irritations, more glow-iness, healthy skin, vital skin.

So it kind of does it all.

Yup.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm advocates a “less is more” approach to skincare.

Do you plan to launch any more products?

Yes, the kids line is coming out. And the Glow Drops are coming in November. They’re a glaze, for a nice glow. And Anti-Pollution Drops.

What about makeup? Do you wear makeup?

No, and I wouldn’t be good in doing makeup, I don’t think.

For people who wear it, is it just as important to have clean ingredients?

Yes. You know, I also find with makeup on, it just attracts more bacteria and dirt gets stuck on it.

It’s just my feeling—I’m a maniac, I’m medical, I’m a medical maniac. I have to wash my hands all the time. I would never touch my face with my hands. My little daughter, who has like, dirty, filthy hands, she likes to touch my face, and I’m like, “Stop it!” I taught my older daughter, and she’s the same maniac now.

Can bacteria harm your skin, even if you don’t get acne? 

Yes, because you transport bacteria onto your skin all the time.

Are there any other skincare brands or doctors doing work you admire?

I really don’t look right and left, I just believe what I believe in. I do what I think is right. I don’t have time to look around, honestly. I never was interested in what other people were doing. I like being different. I don’t like the mainstream.

And you know, I question everything. I would never have done skincare if I had thought, “Ah yeah, I’ll do the same as this [doctor] friend and this [doctor] friend.” It’s all the same. I just care too much.

My three things are anti-inflammation, telomerase-activating, and hydration. I think that is the key to good skin.

Dr. Barbara Sturm

Dr. Barbara Sturm says her products deliver healthier, more radiant skin.

You look so natural, it obviously must be working!

I don’t sleep, you know, I’m travelling all the time. I don’t have plenty of time to maintain myself. It’s really hard.

But I’m German; I like the natural look. And when you have great skin, you don’t have to wear makeup!

Vampire Facial

Jolie Vie Aesthetics is excited to now offer the Vampire Facial!

Have you all seen Kim Kardashian’s Vampire Facial picture and/or video??

Well, now you can get the same miraculous procedure right here in our Arkansas office!

The Vampire Facial was previously somewhat known was the Blood Facial, but I guess people decided vampire was a pretty word than blood! HA.

Here is a great video describing details of the Vampire Facial, Microneedling and PRP.

What are the benefits of microneedling?

– Improves fine lines and deeper wrinkles
– Reduces acne scars
– Softens stretch marks
– Evens skin tone
– Lightens hyperpigmentation and sun spots
– Reduces appearance of pores
– Firms and smooths skin texture
– Heals scars
– Reduces broken capillaries and spider veins
– Brings back the glow for fresher, younger-looking skin

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
We obtain Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma, which we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells.

Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic dermatology also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.

What are the benefits of microneedling with PRP (Vampire Facial)?
When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create. The PRP supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
We obtain Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma, which we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells.

Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic dermatology also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.

What are the benefits of microneedling with PRP (Vampire Facial)?
When PRP is used with microneedling, it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the microneedles create. The PRP supercharges the microneedling benefits. PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. Since PRP is derived from your own blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.

How else is PRP used?

PRP has many other applications. For example, PRP can be used to:

Perform the “Vampire FaceLift®” and “Vampire Breast Lift®”
Treat thinning hair
Perform the “O-Shot®” for female sexual dysfunction and stress urinary incontinence
Which areas of the body can be treated with microneedling and PRP?
Face
Neck
Décolleté
Arms
Hands
Legs
Abdomen
Back

Who is a good candidate for microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is a very safe and effective treatment for adults with all skin types who wish to improve their skin quality. The depth of the MicroPen can be adjusted to meet the client’s individual needs and objectives. Due to its low-risk profile, Microneedling with PRP is a good option for people who are not good candidates for lasers, such as those with darker skin types. MicroPen with PRP is also a very powerful tool for treating scars on the face and body.

How is the microneedling with PRP procedure performed?
First, we apply a topical numbing gel to the treatment area for optimal comfort. Then we insert a new sterile cartridge containing 12 microneedles into the MicroPen and select the appropriate depth setting based on your skin’s unique needs.

We apply your prepared PRP solution to the treatment area before and after the microneedling procedure to ensure that the PRP gets fully absorbed. We can also apply other therapeutic serums to further address your specific skin condition, such as melasma or hyperpigmentation.

What does microneedling feel like?
Since we apply a topical numbing cream prior to the treatment, discomfort is significantly lessened. Microneedling feels like light sandpaper being moved across the skin. Also, the post-treatment hydrating gel will help with recovery.

How long does the procedure take?
About one hour total. The numbing process takes about 30 minutes. While you are numbing, we draw your blood and centrifuge it to obtain the PRP. The microneedling takes about 30 minutes, depending on the treatment area.

What is the downtime after the microneedling with PRP (Vampire Facial)?
The downtime is minimal with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. A post-treatment kit will help speed your recovery.

When will I see results after the Vampire Facial?
You’ll notice an immediate “glow” to your skin and it will continue to improve over the next few weeks. The full results can be seen up to 6 months post treatment as collagen production continues.

How many treatments are needed with the Vampire Facial to see optimal results?
We recommend a series of at least three treatments about four to six weeks apart to see the best results. You can then do the treatment about once a year to maintain these results.

Call us now to schedule your appointment!