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Valerie B

Age: Early 40s

Location: Maryland

Skin Type: Normal

Skin Concerns: Wrinkles, discoloration, large pores

I first became interested in skincare during my mid-30s. At that time, I started researching products to find out what worked and what did not. It seemed that I was constantly bumping into Truth In Aging during these searches. I was grateful to have an unbiased resource to help me navigate all the products in the marketplace. Because of TIA, I began to learn about the ingredients in products. This interest has spilled over into other areas of my life, as well, including makeup, food, cleaning products, and so on. Now, I’ve gone mostly natural in the products I prefer. And for certain, TIA was one of the catalysts in this.

Nowadays, I use mostly natural skin care, which can still be highly effective. It’s exciting to see a positive push from consumers demanding cleaner products. I think it is an interesting time and I hope it continues. I am in my early 40s and have fair skin. I live on the east coast, where the weather varies quite a bit. My skin care routine could never be considered simple and is always changing. As we all know, with age comes new skin concerns. Which is why, it’s great to be part of the TIA community. Marta does a wonderful job of keeping us abreast of the latest and greatest. Plus, the honest opinion of fellow contributors is invaluable. I’m happy to be a part of this community.

Articles By Valerie B

  • July 2, 2018

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    Skinveda Tulsi Pore Refiner

    I have been testing the Skinveda Tulsi Pore Refiner ($60) for the last month. This came at an opportune time because I recently remarked that my skin was starting to look a bit like an orange peel. I’ve never really had an issue with oily skin or breakouts; however, I guess with age comes enlarged pores. So, I was very interested to see the results this product might yield. In addition, I have been following the reviews for Skinveda on TIA, which is a natural skincare line. The company’s website states that this product w ...Read More...

  • April 7, 2017

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    Skin 2 Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery Cream

    I have been testing the Skin 2 Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery Cream ($76) for a little over a month now.  I’ve been reading the TIA reviews for Skin 2 Skin Care products and have become very interested in this brand.  They seem to use cutting-edge ingredients and formulate without any nasties, which is a huge plus from my perspective.  I’m in my mid-fifties and have normal skin with some wrinkles and discoloration.  

    The company website makes the following claims about the Anti-Wrinkle Night Recovery Cream: “Rapid recovery from daily en ...Read More...

  • September 8, 2016

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    Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF 30


    These days I will only use physical sunscreens. I’m not willing to use chemical blockers, which pretty much limits my options to zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I’ve never had an issue with either of these minerals and find that titanium-based sunblocks usually have a thinner consistency than zinc sunblock. Although I do not have oily skin, I’ve been finding that my recent tries are resulting in slick appearance on my face. I should also note that I have fair skin and haven’t ever had an issue with the white cast of sunblock that others complain about. ...Read More...

  • March 18, 2016

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    Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

    I have been testing the Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum ($88 in the shop). My experiences with retinol have been hit or miss for a variety of reasons, which is why I was excited to try another retinol product.  As with any retinol product, it shouldn’t necessarily be used everyday. I opt to use a retinol product every other day as I am careful not to overexfoliate my skin.

    The container is an airless pump and also ...Read More...

  • January 29, 2016

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    GuruNanda Pulling Oil

    I have been testing the GuruNanda Pulling Oil ($14.99/8.45 oz.) which I was excited to try since I’ve been intrigued by oil pulling for a while now. Many of the “healthy living” blogs that I read have touted the health benefits. Oil puling is based in Ayurvedic medicine. Yes, it’s a bit hippie-dippie! The point of this practice is to aid in the removal of oil soluble toxics from the body. Obviously I have no way of knowing if this actually occurs. The important part here is the alleged benefits from oil pulling. The GuruNanda website states that oil ...Read More...

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