Dr Barbara Strum Hyaluronic Serum (Darker Skin Tones)

Product Claims:

“This fast-absorbing darker skin tones hyaluronic serum was formulated to meet the precise skin health needs of darker skin tones. Packed with a highly concentrated blend of low and high molecular weighted Hyaluronic Molecules, it provides instant hydration, supports natural skin barrier function, and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines.” – Dr Barbara Strum Website.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract, Glycerin, Maris Aqua/Sea Water/Eau De Mer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid.
Price: $300
Size: 30ml


Dr Barbara Strum Hyaluronic Serum (for Darker Skin Tones) claims to provide the skin with a smoother appearance and create a more even complexion, provide intensive hydration and reduce visible signs of wrinkles.

Firstly, $300 for a Hyaluronic acid serum??? Secondly, it’s really strange that they have a different Hyaluronic serum for darker skin tones. To be fair, there’s an extra ingredient (Hydrolyzed Algae Extract) in the serum for darker skin tones, which is supposed to help with hyperpigmentation, there is no data/research to prove that it can. Research shows that it can help improve skin hydration and is also an antioxidant.

Here are the beneficial ingredients in it:
– Humectants (attract water molecules to hydrate skin): Butylene Glycol (also penetration enhancer), Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate
– Lactobacillus/Portulaca Oleracea Ferment Extract (Purslane): Rich in Antioxidants (Vitamin A, C, E & Glutathione) and skin soothing.

It contains ingredients that will hydrate the skin and keep it plump but not $300 worth. You can find better hydrating serums for a fraction of the price.

Photo Credit: Dr Barbara Strum

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