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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

  • September 25, 2018

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    Dark Spots: What Causes Dark Spots and How to Get Rid of Dark Spots

    What Are Dark Spots?

    Dark spots — aka, age spots, sun spots and liver spots — are flat tan, brown or black spots that appear on your face and on areas of your body that are most exposed to the sun.

    What Causes Dark Spots?

    Dark spots are mostly caused by melanocyte activity. Melanocytes are melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis. Melanin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for both its color and the skin's absorp ...Read More...

  • September 24, 2018

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    The Truth About Octadecenedioic Acid

    Don’t be put off by all the syllables in octadecenedioic acid. Or the fact that you’ve never heard of it. It is a very interesting skincare ingredient that can treat hyperpigmentation while being completely non-toxic. For the tongue-tied, it also goes by the friendlier names of dioic or Mediatone.

    Octadecenedioic acid came about because scientists were looking for a higher efficacy alternative to azelaic acid, a well known active used for acne, rosacea and hyperpigmentation. Azelaic acid is found ...Read More...

  • September 21, 2018

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    Transderma A Retinol Night Serum

    By Tracy

    I've been using the Transderma A Retinol Night Serum ($175 in the shop) for about 5 weeks. I'm in my mid 30s and the reason I've been exploring anti-aging products is because I've started to notice that I should have been talking better care of my skin a long time ago.

    I've been battling an illness and the treatment and the toll of being sick has....well I've looked in the mirror and wondered who this pale, patchy, dark circle-eyed person is that is my reflection. It is depressing and a blow to my confid ...Read More...

  • September 17, 2018

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    Puffy Eyes: What Causes Puffy Eyes and How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes

    What Are Puffy Eyes?

    Swelling of the thin skin beneath the eyes known as puffy eyes. Commonly referred to as "eye bags,” this condition can leave eyes looking tired and aged.

    What Causes Puffy Eyes?

    The skin beneath the eyes is extremely thin and delicate with few oil glands for lubricating the area. When there is a buildup of fluid in the tissues surrounding the eye, this is when puffiness occurs. A diet that is high in sodium can further contribute to this, as it causes water retent ...Read More...

  • September 13, 2018

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    The Truth about Darutoside

    My interest in darutoside was reignited the other day when I noticed that it was one of the actives in Scändic Skincare Skön/Beautiful Rejuvenating Moisturizer ($75 in the shop). I did some digging and quickly realized that there is some confusion surrounding this ingredient. So here’s the truth about darutoside.

    Daurotoside is the principal active ingredient of sigesbeckia orientalis, a small shrub native to India and widely distributed in tropical and temperate parts ...Read More...

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