products worth the plunge

Anti-aging is a complex science. And a frustrating one. We’d all like a fast-working, preferably permanent solution to wrinkles, sagging and dark spots. Oh, and wouldn’t it be great if it is was under $20, or even under $60? Well, some of the best anti-aging beauty products do require investment – in time, patience and cash. Here is a selection of products that are really worth the plunge – and why.

1. Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: The best anti-sagging topical we know

A firm (pun intended) favorite with the Truth In Aging community, Firewall helps wrinkles and sagging skin. With copper peptides, radical scavenger Lipochroman-6, n-acetyl cysteine and Matrixyl 3000 it is one potent formula. As regular contributor Gloria said when she shared what’s working for her now, Medik8 might be on the pricey side, but it just plain works.

2. Medik8 CE-Thione Rechargeable Vitamin C Serum ($150 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: A clever approach gives a big antioxidant boost

As part of my one-woman campaign to persuade the world that high concentrations of actives don’t necessarily work better, I bring you a very clever approach to giving vitamin C an antioxidant boost. The 15% vitamin C is paired with glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants. Glutathione maintains, regulates and recycles other antioxidants, in this case vitamin C. Hence, the “rechargeable” moniker and the knowledge that your dose of vitamin C is going much further.

3. Riiviva Microderm Device ($299 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: Brings your esthetician home

Microdermabrasion is not for the faint-hearted. Although relatively gentle, it is still heavy-duty exfoliation, and the wrong machine in the wrong hands can result in damage. That’s why at home microdermabrasion should be conducted with a good quality, safe device. Riiviva Microderm Device is an at-home microdermabrasion kit equipped with medical-grade, diamond-tip technology.  Easy to use, Riiviva helped me feel much less intimidated about playing esthetician at home.

4. E'shee Clinical Esthetic Alpha and Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream ($284 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: It’s only the best eye cream ever

I am on my second bottle and already know that I will buy a third. This eye cream promises stronger dermal structures and dramatically improved skin texture. For me, it delivers. My eyelids and under-eye area are firmer, flatter and smoother. The big gun is a new peptide known as TT2, which is supposed to reduce “sagging and slacking” as well as improve firmness and elasticity.

5. INNARAH Treatment Solution ($150)

Why take the plunge: Who doesn’t want velvety skin?

I loved when reviewer Annette coined the phrase “drawer of broken promises,” where INNARAH will not be consigned. She reported “velvety skin,” and I must say, that has been my experience, too. I have been using the INNARAH serum and the Treatment Solution, and my skin is velvety and clear. The only downside is that I keep stroking my cheek (which probably makes me look like I’ve just come off medication). Anyway, the other great thing is that INNARAH does this with natural ingredients and no nasties.

6. Stemulation Relance Body Lotion ($98 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: This body lotion thinks it is a serum

I find this body lotion truly transformative. These days, the skin on my arms, legs and chest is showing its age more than my face, and something has to be done. A tube of Relance later, and I am really seeing results – younger, suppler skin. This is the only body lotion I know of with human growth factor. Plus, there are some interesting botanicals, including a pepper fruit extract that is claimed to firm up supporting skin tissue.

7. BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Gel-Cream ($245 in the shop)

Why take the plunge: Using retinol can actually be sublime

I love this gel-cream. It is a unique product that gives me a dose of retinol fortified with a unique stem cell and Matrixyl 3000. Resistem, a stem cell from a kind of daisy, is said to protect the skin’s own stem cells and stimulate sirtuin-1 (an enzyme that contributes to the longevity of cells). Overall, Sublime is hydrating and firming.

8. Kenneth Mark MD Antioxidant Hydrating Cream ($120)

Why take the plunge: Combines astaxanthin and copper peptides

With so many good things, Kenneth Mark’s serum is actually something of a bargain. Along with the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin, there is a potent collagen booster, copper peptides, minerals, vitamin A, two forms of vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid and superoxide dismutase.

9. suki renewal bio-resurfacing facial peel ($82.95)

Why take the plunge: Get a refreshed, just-been-away look

Gentle, but effective, suki’s mask uses fruit enzymes. Enzyme exfoliants are known for their ability to gently break down the bonds holding dead cells onto skin, accelerating the skin’s natural exfoliation process. They’re able to digest keratin protein and the upper layer, or stratum corneum, of our skin, which is made up of primarily dead keratin cells. Rinse away for a gloriously dewy look.


Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.