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True Beauty Featuring Sarah

true beauty featuring sarah
February 12, 2015 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 6 Comments

by Sarah

I can remember one evening in March 2007, when I was about to turn 50, I was watching a cutting-edge BBC current affairs program called Horizon when an item came on that immediately grabbed my attention. A beauty product, Boots No7's Protect & Perfect Serum, had been clinically tested by the Skin Research Team at Manchester University and had proved without a shadow of a doubt that it helped boost levels of fibrillin, one of the key proteins in the skin's elastic matrix. This was the first time that the performance of a cosmetic product had been clinically tested in this way. Up until this point, I had spent a small fortune on department store creams and potions that promised much and delivered little. Nothing ever really worked and we all knew it. We were paying for expensive packaging and false hope. Finally, here was a cream, scientifically proven to have long-lasting anti-aging benefits.

Protect & Perfect sold out overnight. Along with millions of other women in the UK, I ordered my bottle and waited expectantly for it to arrive. The results were fantastic. It worked. I even felt it working, tightening my skin and easing away the lines. I knew that things in the beauty business were about to change. Forever.

A year later, we moved to California, and I discovered Marta and her burgeoning website, Truth In Aging, which had taken this revolutionary discovery and run with it. I never bought another beauty product from a department store again. Here was an intelligent, questioning, discerning group of like-minded women (and men) who examined the research and questioned the evidence before ever recommending the products that claimed to be anti-aging. The pipe dream was a reality.

And my world really started to change. I used to believe that the most important thing was what you put into your body. That an organic diet of green, leafy veggies, less meat and more exercise was the real magical formula to keep you young and beautiful. Now, I know that what you are putting on your face and body is also really important.

And so it is that I have become an anti-aging junkie. I devour Marta’s 5 Best Awards; the products that win Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals; the reviews from the TIA community and all the starred products. Eight years on, I have whittled these down into my own top 10. These are the ones I can’t live without, those old faithfuls that I return to again and again and have come up with a list of the ones I would take if I were shipwrecked on a desert island:

My Top 10 Desert Island Picks

1. E'shee Gene Therapy Eye Cream

I never thought there would be a better eye cream than YBF Correct. I probably bought about 10 bottles of the stuff and never so much as flirted with another eye cream. Until Marta said this was “the one.” She was right. It’s amazing, and although it costs an arm and a leg, it’s worth every penny.

2. Osmotics Micro Peel 3-Step Resurfacing System

It may sound like something you put on the roads, but this works. It really, really works. It takes time to do the three steps (Polish, Peel and Protect), but boy, do you look better in the morning. It smooths, it hydrates and it makes me look great, even after a heavy night of drinking. Tea.

3. Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser

I use this about three times a week. It feels like it’s going to strip your face with sandpaper, but once you wet your hands and blend the cleanser between your palms, it goes on like a dream with the added bonus that it smells like lemon meringue pie.

4. Royal Nectar Face Mask with Bee Venom

This is the product I use when I wake up, look in the mirror and see my grandmother staring back at me. I slap it on, make the kids porridge and wash it off before walking them to school. When it’s rinsed, my skin looks dewy and refreshed.

5. Moana Night Repair Serum

I road-tested this New Zealand serum a few months back and liked it SO much, I bought another bottle before even finishing the sample. It’s that good. I have since bought the Moana cleanser and the night cream. It’s what Marta would call a "heavy-hitter," and does exactly what it says on the bottle: “restores vitality overnight.”

6. Osmotics Lipofill

Although my skin is in good nick, my neck and marionette lines are an age giveaway. I’m still looking for a miracle solution, but in the meantime, rubbing this into the lines along my nose and mouth has helped soften them.

7. MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum

Another miracle product. I use this on its own or layer it with other creams, and it’s not just a heavy-hitter. It’s an exocet missile.

8. BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator

This is new to my arsenal, but I fell for the blurb (regenerates and increases the lifespan of skin cells, noticeably restores elasticity and firmness), tried it and noticed a difference after only a few days. It is a pale green, light weight gel with a strange cool texture, but anything that smells like cucumber sandwiches and tightens up the skin the way this does gets to come to the desert island with me.

9. Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime

This cream feels like silk when it goes on. It is for the more "mature" face, and you can feel it tightening and lifting the skin. It adds radiance, smoothing the fine lines. It’s what I would recommend to anyone going through the menopause.

10. Your Best Face Define

I can’t believe I once used Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to keep my lips soft. It’s paraffin for pity’s sake! Luckily, I now use Define, which is great for dryness and diminishing the tiny lines around the mouth. It’s also good for smoothing and softening the lips, and I have gone through countless tubes of it.

Actually, I forgot to mention that I also rescued a back pack on this desert island, and there are a few more products in there that deserve a mention:

Notable Runners-Up

Stemulation Body Lotion because it is truly hydrating and just bloody marvelous. 

Truth Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner because they both work.

MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 Sunscreen because it’s very protective and has a natural tint. I use it on my face and neck every day.

• Stemulation Rescue Repair because it’s the most nourishing hand cream I’ve found.

• La Vie Celeste Exfoliating Cleanser because it’s a Sherman tank of a cleanser.

Well that’s the desert island sorted. By the time I return to civilization, the TIA community will have cracked 3 things that I haven’t quite found yet:

Products I'm Still Searching For

• A fantastic neck cream (Necollete is good but my turkey neck needs something stronger)

• A solid cure for marionette lines

• A hand cream that sorts out sun spots

If that all happens, I reckon I’ll be good for my 60s.

  • February 14, 2015

    by sarah wilson

    MC - thanks for your lovely comments. I do think putting a night cream on does make a huge difference to the skin's texture and there are so many fantastic ones to choose from. It all depends on your age and the condition of your skin - dry, oily etc. and what you want to achieve. I want something firming that gives me a healthy glow and doesn't contain any nasty chemicals (and hasn't harmed any animals). It sounds like a lot to ask, but there are plenty of fabulous night serums and creams out there now that deliver what they promise. The morning is simpler because I don't have much time, but I still slather something on and never go out without my tinted sunscreen. Good luck with it all.

  • February 13, 2015

    by mc


    My goodness, girl, you look like you're 35! I am going to have to try some of these products you are using! I have used MitoQ, which I like, and the Truth in Aging conditioner, which is the best ever, but I think I will have to have a go at a few of the others you mentioned. And thank you for sharing your routine. I never apply product to my face at night, as I always thought that skin has to have time to "breathe". But after reading your regimen, and so many others here at TIA, I guess I am missing many benefits by not doing that. Also, you have answered a question for me. I always wondered, if I ever did apply serums and/or creams at night, would it be necessary to wash my face again the next morning, something I don't do (I just wipe a little toner over my face) because my skin is a little dry? But I see that you don't, and you look great, so that answers my question - thank you!

  • February 13, 2015

    by sarah wilson

    Sofia, thanks for commenting on the article. My daily, weekly routine can be a bit haphazard because of my tendency to want to try all the Marta's favorite 'picks'. But a week would probably go something like this with my night-time routine being the most important :
    NIGHT - a really good cleanse of face and neck. Right now I'm using one of 3 products, all are good 1. Innarah Treatment Cleanser or 2. Brad Sea Minerals Purify Gel Cleanser or 3. La Vie Celeste Mother of Pearl exfoliating cleanser. The first 2 I often use with a Clarisonic brush as that is great for removing all traces of grime and dead cells.
    Recently I've been splashing on some Innarah Treatment solution after this. Next comes my eye cream. This is Eshee Gene Therapy Eye Cream (I think I'm on my 4th bottle and I swear by it). Then I put on Moana Night Repair Serum and layer it with Mitoq over my neck (sometimes I put Necollete on instead). I vary this whole step occasionally with Brad Sublime Youth Creator followed by Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime (I really am a TIA junkie). Finally I put on Osmotics Lipofill just on my nasal lines and round my mouth, YBF Define on my lips and Stimulation rescue Repair on my hands.
    MORNING - Quick splash with water, (occasionally the Suki foaming cleanser if I have time), Eshee Eye Cream again, Mitoq on my face (varied with YBF Antioxidants), Stemulation Body Lotion after a shower and MD Solar Sciences SPF 30 Sunscreen. I don't wear any foundation any more. Just mascara and Juice Beauty lipgloss and I'm good to go.
    If I get any extra time, and I feel like I need a lift, on goes the Royal Nectar Face Mask or the Osmotics Micro Peel 3 step (before a big night out or if I'm feeling under the weather). These probably only happen once a week.
    This sounds like a very complicated and time consuming routine but it really takes less time than it does to clean my teeth (with my Phillips Sonicare toothbrush!)
    Hope this is helpful. xx

  • February 12, 2015

    by sarah Wilson

    Marta, thanks so much for your comments. Truth in Aging is a fantastic website. Thanks for being so inspirational to so many women (and men).

  • February 12, 2015

    by Marta

    Sarah, thank you for a wonderful article. And you look wonderful, so some of that stuff must be working. The only one in your top 10 that I haven't tried is the Moana, but I am testing a serum right now which is surprisingly good. Like you, I am still looking for a neck cream!

  • February 12, 2015

    by Sofia


    Great picture and review! Could you share your daily/weekly routine for using all these products??

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