In every Olympics there are newcomers and outliers that surprise, delight and raise the bar. There are three discoveries that I wanted to give a call-out to. Membership of Discover With Marta is the ultimate in discovery, bringing samples and deals of the very best of our finds. The Silver Medal has to go to AQ Vaginal Rejuvenation System for raising the bar and, hopefully, ultimately being responsible for some delight. And, after years of hunting, I’ve found a retinol serum that I actually like – and so the Bronze goes to Osmosis Correct.

Discover With Marta. We all love trying new beauty products, but can’t always splash out on that pricey new potion on every whim. I work with my favorite companies to select deluxe samples of the best anti-aging beauty products and score exclusive discounts. Members with a year’s subscription receive six personally curated and exciting deluxe skincare and haircare sample collections per year. They also get deep discounts on full sizes, a private website with exclusive content and a dedicated “Discover with Marta” email with special perks. Sneak preview: the Fall Collection’s six products will include AQ Eye Serum and La Vie Celeste’s Extra Rich Cream.

AQ Vaginal Rejuvenation System ($200 in the TIA shop). Sexuality was one of the defining characteristics of the 60s and 70s, so it’s no surprise that many boomer women want to continue to enjoy sex. Menopause robs many of us of that with the painful symptoms of atrophic vaginitis. AQ’s VRS can bring relief and mend any little tears and lesions. It uses wound healing human growth factors and results are impressive, according to our tester. This is a great product for Truth In Aging’s demographic and I am proud to be able to make our community aware of it. Read the review

Osmosis Correct ($44). Finally, a retinol serum that I am happy to use and recommend. The retinol in Correct is trans-retinal (retinaldehyde), a form of retin A that is relatively stronger as well as being gentler. A Swiss study concluded: “Retinaldehyde, which is fairly well tolerated, seems to be the most efficient cosmeceutical retinoid.” What I really like about Correct is that it doesn’t just rely on retinol to exfoliate. It also has some interesting peptides and two wound repairers, epidermal growth factor and GHK copper peptide, antioxidant R-lipoic acid and chlorella, and 1,3 beta glucan (usually found in mushrooms), which can activate the immune system. All for a great price. Read the review

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Ingredients in AQ VRS: Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media, Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Xantham Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lactic Acid, Chlorphenesin

Ingredients in Osmosis Correct: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Lecithin (Phosphatidylcholine), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Chlorella Vulgaris Officinalis Extract, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Asiaticoside, Beta-Glucan (D), Fulvic Acid, Lactic Acid (L), Sodium Hyaluronate (L), L-Hydroxyproline, Thioctic (R-lipoic) Acid, Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium(Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Lonicera Japonica(Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Cyclodextrin, Pentylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Dextran, Dimethyl Sulfone