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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

  • July 18, 2018

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    Retinol Pros, Cons and Latest Advances

    Retinol is one of the most popular anti-aging ingredients — at least with dermatologists and their prescription pads.  The reason for this is that it works. Historically, there have been some costs attached to frequent and long-term retinol use. In the past, I have been very cautious of retinol serums, but new developments in cosmetic formulations have resulted in products that emphasize retinols strengths and minimize the downsides.

    You might be surprised to see that these don’t necessarily mean those w ...Read More...

  • July 17, 2018

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    Interview with Transderma Founders Graziella Gallelli and Dr. Alvin Ronlán

    When I first looked at Transderma, a Scandinavian skincare line, and its five serums I was struck by the truly unique approach. For a start, there is no water in them. That’s a bigger deal than it might seem. Transderma has no superfluous chemicals and no preservatives. Just high concentrations of actives in formulas that appear to be a triumph of simplicity.

    I was excited to talk to the founders of this intriguing line, Graziella Gallelli and Dr. Alvin Ronlán, about their philosophy and the chemistry behind Tr ...Read More...

  • July 14, 2018

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    Transderma M Moisturizing Serum

    Reviewed by Kim

    I used Transderma M Moisturising Serum ($175 in the shop) every day for four weeks. During this time, I followed my normal skin care routine except I did not use my normal serum. I have dry skin and I’m in my early 40s.

    I was expecting this serum to hydrate my skin, and I was also hoping that it would soften fine lines and wrinkles because it says that it is a hydrating repair on the front of the bottle. Because it is labeled a serum, in my opinion it's implied that it will help ...Read More...

  • July 10, 2018

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    The Ultimate Skin Care Checklist for Weddings

    An email from community member Johanna, who is to be a proud mother of the bride in five weeks, prompted me to update my beauty bootcamp for brides — and bridesmaids and mothers thereof. Whether you are the bride-to-be or a member of her wedding party, the stress of planning a wedding can take a toll on your skin. Priority number one: Relax. Then start a strict skin care regimen to ensure a clear and vibrant complexion. Here are fast-working products to get hitched to as you countdown to the big day (and the most demanding photo op’ ever).


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  • July 5, 2018

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    Interview with Airelle Founder Kasey Drapeau D’Amato

    Airelle’s mission is to fill a void in the skincare and antiaging regimens of many of Hollywood’s celebrities, models, aestheticians and makeup artists. The Airelle line of natural products is created to protect skin from environmental damage and aging, while holding up under a high def camera. I sat down with founder Kasey Drapeau D’Amato, an aesthetic dermatology, Physician Assistant, to learn more about Airelle's unique approach.

    Let’s start from the beginning. How did you end up in the skin care industry?

    KDD: As an aesthetic dermatology P ...

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