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Founder, Truth In Aging

Age: 50s

Location: New York

Skin Type: Fair Skin, Slightly Oily Skin, Sensitive Skin

Skin Concerns: Prone to redness and rosacea, lip lines, sun damage on neck

Like most women, I found that I had a bathroom full of half empty jars that had failed to live up to their promises. I was forever trying out the latest at Sephora and other department stores only to be disappointed. I also thought that having regular breakouts was just the way my poor old sensitive skin was. I was similarly stoic about an itchy scalp, which I simply regarded as a fact of life. Then I had an epiphany.

If you can call a bunch of unanswered questions an epiphany. What was in all this stuff I was using? What were all these unpronounceable ingredients? There had to be something out there that really worked — surely? So, I set about researching answers to my questions. Initially, I was horrified when I saw that many cosmetic ingredients were toxins and irritants. No wonder I was always breaking out whenever I trying something new. Then I became excited about some of the new breakthroughs I was coming across. Finally, I found that there were small, independent formulators making some really interesting anti-aging beauty products.

So I started blogging and sharing my findings with the rapidly growing community around Truth In Aging. Members of the community brought their own questions and suggestions. Some of the independent potion makers started reaching out to me. Your Best Face founder Darrell Owens was one of the first and his Correct eye cream restored my faith in the beauty industry.

Breakouts are rare now and an itchy scalp is a thing of the past. My skin is better than it has been in years. Sure, new wrinkles crop up, but I am keeping them under control and the overall texture and glow of my skin is a source of new self-confidence about my looks. My regimen includes some of the best things that I have ever come across, but for the record I want to say that while testers are usually given to me for free, if I want to incorporate something into my routine I will always pay full retail price. I need to walk the talk.

Marta Wohrle
The real me. No makeup and after a four-
hour hike up a mountain in the rain.

Now, a bit about me: I was born in England in 1960. A former journalist, I have been in the online and digital media space for the past 20 years. I got married in 1991 to a French man, Pascal Volle (the handsomest man in the world), and then lived in Paris for a while. We came to New York around 2001 where we still live in a Garment District loft with our two cats, Esmee and Leila. Guilty about keeping them in urban captivity we bought a patch of forest in the Catskills and spend our weekends feeding the deer that our neighbors seem intent on shooting. We figure that being European allows us the latitude to be eccentric.

And no, I have never tried Botox.

Articles By Marta

  • November 15, 2018

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    Interview with JoyLux founder Colette Courtion

    JoyLux makes products for vaginal wellness. When I introduced vFit, with LED light and sonic vibrations, to the community, I was overwhelmed by the response. Clearly, a healthy and lubricated vagina and pain-free sex are a top priority for women of all ages. Intrigued, I wanted to know more and fired my questions off to JoyLux founder Colette Courtion.

    Marta: Let’s start at the beginning. How and when did you start JoyLux?

    Colette: It all started as I was getting ready to become a mother. In asking my girlfriends for advice, they started sharing some of the phys ...Read More...

  • November 8, 2018

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    Stem cell 101 from humans and plants

    Controversial in the fields of medicine and ethics, stems cells in cosmetics are equally complex. Anti-wrinkle serums based on stem cells may be derived from plants or humans. Some creams touting stem cells are simply being misleading. This Truth In Aging stem cell 101 tries to shed some light and stem (ahem) some of the misinformation.

    Stem cells in cosmetics come from humans or plants, or synthesized growth factors.

    Human fibroblast conditioned media

    A cell that has the ability to repeatedly divide and differentiate into all t ...Read More...

  • November 6, 2018

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    Skinveda Replenishing Serum Review

    By Melissa W

    At 38 years young, I am suffering from dry skin that has also become mildly sensitive, along with some redness around my cheeks, nose and chin area.  I am already noticing fine lines under my eyes and I even have the dreaded "11" lines that are pretty deep, which I imagine are self-inflicted because I have a bad habit of holding all of my tension in my forehead.  Also, I noticed that my skin has lost a lot of it's elasticity.

    I blame most of my aging skin woe's on the harsh, yet desirable rays of the sun.  Sunbathing was one my most cherished hobb ...Read More...

  • November 5, 2018

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    Doctors still looking for eczema cure

    It has been over a year since the FDA approved the first biologic to help treat symptoms for adults with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis, an injectable called Dupixent. Yet, far from bringing relief for eczema sufferers, doctors are still calling for safe, effective and affordable eczema solutions for adults.

    Dupixent is a self-administered injection that is comprised of an antibody designed to slow the overactive communication of the two proteins in the body that are thought to initiate the infl ...Read More...

  • October 31, 2018

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    The O Shot - a Vampire Treatment for vaginal wellness

    “OMG! With the emphasis on O”, was the text I received from my friend Emily. I had just messaged her that in the pursuit of science on behalf of the Truth In Aging community I was about to get an O Shot. For those not yet in the know about the O, it is a procedure to restore sexual and vaginal well-being using injections of one’s own blood.

    The O Shot combines two things I am interested in: maintaining and restoring vaginal and sexual health; and the so-called Vampire Facial. I ha ...Read More...

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