We held a skincare masterclass for Big and Tiny moms with Dr. Barbara Sturm – one of the most renowned skincare doctors in the world – who’s known for her anti inflammatory philosophy and non-surgical anti aging skin treatments. Then we asked her some questions about what it’s like to balance business with being a mom! Here’s what we learned…
Q: What’s your favorite part of being a mom?
Seeing my children grow up is the most exciting part of my life. Getting cuddles and love and being able to give motherly love and cuddles. Shaping children is the greatest responsibility and my biggest passion and the most fantastic thing.
Q: How do you balance parenting and running a business are there any work/life balance hacks?
There’s not really a balance because when you’re with your children you feel like you should be working and when you’re working you feel like you should be with your children. You always feel a little guilty but that’s just part of being a working mother. I think this will never change. But kids that get to grow up seeing their mother working also motivates them and gives them an idea of what they want to achieve in their lives. Charly once wrote an essay for school about who her idol was, and she said that mom was her idol and that was such a wonderful thing to hear. She has always been by my side and a part of my work life too and she has always embraced it and never been upset about it. It’s important to give kids quality time over being with them 24/7.
Q: What are your top skincare tips and tricks?
Get enough sleep, stay away from unhealthy food and cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. Try to take time for your skin, using anti-inflammatory skincare treatments and products (like Dr. Sturm). I think less is more but it’s important to make sure you have the best products, like an amazing face cream and hyaluronic serum and then you’ve done a lot for your skin without spending an hour in the bathroom. Also be careful with what you do with your newborn kids. Don’t expose them to fragrances and bubble baths even though this may be fun for them, because this can cause eczema and skin problems later on. I always bathed Pepper in milk baths and used only my BABY & KIDS Line which contains the best soothing ingredients that are just good for the skin.
What are your top parenting tips and tricks?
Trust your children. I always taught Charly to tell me everything because I know how to fix things instead of making my kids scared of coming to me if they did something wrong. I never got upset at them for making a mistake and always encouraged them to be open and talk to me about everything. I encouraged them to make their own paths and gave them my trust and opportunities while always letting them be who they are.
Q: What are some of your favorite activities that you and your kids share?
My favorite activity for sure is cuddling! Pepper, who is six, loves to play catch, hide and seek and Uno and loves skiing and swimming – mommy’s up for anything! Charly, who is 25, loves good conversations, movie nights, cooking and baking together and going out for dinner. Whatever they like to do, I’m up for it.
Q: Tell us about your new Baby and Kids Collection
When Pepper was born, I really didn’t want to harm her skin and all the existing kids’ products seemed to have inflammatory ingredients like essential oils and fragrances. I didn’t want to harm my baby’s body, so I created samples for Pepper. I started with five products, and my friends kept asking me for them, so I was making samples upon samples, until finally I decided to put the products it in proper packaging and make it part of the Dr. Barbara Sturm line. I even have friends who use the BABY & KIDS FACE CREAM and the BABY & KIDS BODY CREAM on themselves because of how gentle they are. They’re great for eczema, redness and any dryness.