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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

  • February 13, 2019

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    Expürtise Effective Anti-Aging Rich Moisturizer

    Call me eccentric, but if I really want to put a moisturizer through its paces, I do the finger nail test. The new cream from Expürtise, the Effective Anti-Aging Rich Moisturizer ($95 in the shop) passed the test with flying colors.

    So what is the finger nail test? Well, my nails can get very dry and even start to ridge and so I often use a dab of whatever moisturizer I have on hand to keep them hydrated and prevent breakage. After just a few days, Expürtise Effective Anti-Aging ...Read More...

  • February 7, 2019

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    8 Natural Ingredients for Radiant Skin

    Radiance, to me, conjures synonyms such as glowing, hydrated, dewy and healthy. As we age and succumb to increased environmental stress, radiant skin can seem unattainable without resorting to the impractical (a professional lighting team in tow at all times) or the undesirable (harsh skin brightening ingredients such as hydroquinone). But Mother Nature has provided a crop of powerful ingredients that will help you retain radiance. Here, are six naturals that will uncover your inner glow, plus some products to find them in.

    Glutathione (pronounced glute- ...

  • February 5, 2019

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    The Best Skin Care Regimen for Your 30s

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman in Congress, has revealed that she is passionate about serious skincare. At 29, she has a thoughtful 30-something's sensibility towards her beauty regimen, even embracing actives such as retinol and vitamin C. I have to believe that AOC is a secret member of the Truth In Aging community, after all she said: "Skincare is a straight-up hobby of mine. I’m a science nerd and I truly enjoy the science of it, reading about compounds and studies, etc."

    AOC's 3-step regimen includes cleansing, "toning and actives", then moisturize and sunsc ...Read More...

  • February 4, 2019

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    Schique Brilliantly Firm Firming Serum

    Schique is a doctor-founded brand that focuses on ingredients that are effective and do no harm. The mostly natural formulas are based on peptides and unusual botanicals for a decent price point. Truth In Aging community members have been giving the line enthusiastic reviews and I am joining their ranks with my test of Schique Brilliantly Firm Firming Serum ($68 in the shop).

    This serum has a lovely silky texture and imparts the same to the skin. After four weeks, my skin feels velvety and is noticeabl ...Read More...

  • January 29, 2019

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    Find Your Solution to Sensitive Skin

    It may come as a surprise to those of us who self-identify as a sensitive skin type that there is no such medical definition. Try telling that to those of us who are blotchy, itchy, reactive and flare-up prone. These issues are very real and by understanding them will help prevent them.

    The most common root cause is a compromised skin barrier. Although I should also point out that it is sometimes hard to distinguish cause and effect. What I mean by this is that we can be over zealous with microder­mabrasion, peels, exfoliating scrubs, retinols and so on. These are all helpful if ...Read More...

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