More Than Skin Deep

Beauty maven and master aesthetician, Dr. Barbara Sturm, certainly knows a thing or two about the fine art of skincare routines. Fresh off the opening of her new Miami Boutique and Spa, set within the city’s charming Design District, she sat down with me to discuss the secrets–those of the non-proprietary kind, of course—behind her notorious #SturmGlow, along with some of her favorite Miami must-see’s and ‘do’s.

 A virtual candy store of skincare on display inside of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Miami Boutique & Spa. (Images courtesy of Dr. Barbara Sturm)

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

My Face Mask is a must-have. I use it virtually every morning and it’s truly my beauty secret when it comes to that extra boost of hydration and glow. I cannot live without my Hyaluronic Serumor Super Anti-Aging Face Cream. I hardly wear any makeup day-to-day but if I do, my go-to is an eye shadow by Anastasia BeverlyHills. I also love Jillian Dempsey’s Lid Tints because I can apply those with my fingertips. My signature fragrance is Byredo’s Bal D’Afrique. I’m also a firm believer that aBody Brush is as easy and inexpensive as it is effective. I do this twice a week before an alternating warm and cold shower, which helps stimulate your lymphatic system, blood circulation, fibroblasts and exfoliate your skin.

 Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Body Brush.

How do you achieve healthy and vibrant skin while also protecting against Miami’s sometimes overbearing heat, humidity, and sunshine?

You want to avoid rich or oily products and focus more on those that are light and ultra-hydrating. I always have my Sun Drops SPF50, which offers hybrid sun protection and skincare.It feels lightweight on the skin, while creating a broad-spectrum shield against UVA and UVB rays. It also heals, moisturizes and contains anti-oxidative ingredients to give the skin that perfect Sturm glow.

The 6-step Winter Kit.

What is your favorite spa?

My Dr. Barbara Sturm Miami Boutique & Spa, naturally!I love that my customers and clients can interact with my products in person and ask my expert aestheticians all of their skincare questions face-to-face, especially now that in-person treatments are available once again as well.

What is your favorite place to stay?

The last time I was in Miami I stayed at The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, which is such a beautiful space. I do like to try and visit new places, however, so I tend to stay somewhere different each time I am there.

What is your favorite place to shop?

Nothing compares to the Design District. It’s one-of-a-kind and such an architecturally significant area.

A treatment room inside of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Miami Boutique & Spa.

What is your favorite Miami museum/gallery?

I’m a big fan of the Museum Garage in the Design District which showcases the works of different artists and designers from around the world. It’s so inspiring.

What is your favorite place to eat?

I love the sushi at ZZ’s and the Greek food at Mandolin. Casa Tua is one of my favorites, too

How would you spend your dream Miami day?

I would join my friend Erika on her boat for cocktails. Then I would head to ZZ’s or Mandolin for a bite. I would finish the night walking through the Design District with my friend Craig Robins to see the beautiful area he created and the amazing pieces of art on display.