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Marta has the Truth In Aging community to thank for helping to provide invaluable reviews that tell us which products are worth investing in because they are not only effective, but do no harm – and which products should be relegated to Marta’s Dept. of Daft. And then there’s the TIA staff – the behind-the-scenes team that keeps our website, newsletters, and shop humming. We are also happy to review and recommend (or reject) the constant influx of products that come our way in search of the next great thing. Marta has taught us well. Below are our staff picks. Of course we’d be remiss not to mention the founder herself – here’s what’s working for Marta these days.
Arcona White Tea Purifying Cleanser ($42) – “This cleanser smells divine, and you don’t have to use much to get a luxurious lather. The product delivers on its promise of leaving my face feeling ‘poreless and refreshed.’ Afterward, my dry skin is sufficiently moisturized.” – Christine, VP of ecommerce
Living Nature Hydrating Toning Gel ($35) – “I often get teased in the office for my undying love of Living Nature products. I can’t help that every product from the line I’ve tried, from the deliciously creamy Vitalising Cleanser to the leaves-my-skin-glowing Radiance Night Oil, ends up being a winner! But if I had to choose just one it would be the Hydrating Toning Gel. This past winter stripped every ounce of moisture from my face. I tried a dozen remedies, and nothing saved my skin like the toning gel with its soothing glycerin, manuka honey and natural essential oils.” – Valerie, managing editor/community manager
Arcona Triad Pads ($30 in the shop) – “This cranberry toner left my face feeling refreshed and hydrated – so hydrated that I often skipped applying a moisturizer afterward. I found the pads to be particularly handy when I was feeling lazy and wanted a quick way to cleanse my face at the end of a long day.” – Shanté, editorial assistant
Arcona The Solution Pads ($45) – “These glycolic acid pads work great to exfoliate without stripping my skin. It’s one of only a few AHA products I’ve come across that have not left my skin dry.” – Vlad, director of operations
Envy Medical Skin Clarifying Acne Treatment Pads ($25 in the shop) – “I love these treatment pads! I’ve been getting a mess of breakouts on my chin recently, and these helped clear them up within a day or two. There is a slight tingling with use, but nothing that my sensitive skin can’t deal with.” – Preksha, director of merchandising
Your Best Face Balance ($45 in the shop) – “I’ve used this day cream for dry skin and eczema, and even to heal cuts and burns; it’s potent and it works.” – Steven, director of email marketing
Lather Moisture Magnet ($30) – “I’ve never tried a product like this before, and I’m so glad I found it for my extremely dry skin. Any way you use it, you can feel the results immediately. It’s like having a splash of cool, refreshing water on your face, but instead of feeling dry afterward, your skin continues to feel moisturized. A must-have if you’re in dry conditions, have dry skin or are on a plane.” – Christine
Your Best Face Private Reserve ($75 in the shop) – “I use this facial oil, packed with antioxidants, every single day for my face as well as my hair. I’ve noticed a visible improvement in the texture and overall health of my skin and scalp. It’s the best skin treatment I’ve come across in years.” – Vlad
CV Skinlabs Calming Moisture for Face, Neck, and Scalp ($49) – “Calming Moisture is very effective for dry skin and an excellent preventative tool. I recommend using it on exposed skin before braving cold weather. I also found it effective for treating eczema.” – Steven
jane iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream ($48 in the shop) – “I expected this BB to be little more than your average tinted moisturizer: super sheer and slightly drying. Glad I was wrong. The cream has the consistency and coverage of a liquid foundation with all the benefits of a mineral makeup product (no talc or other nasties) with SPF 25. Glow Time is aptly named – among its many hats, it will serve as an excellent bronzer for the sunny days to come.” – Valerie
Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lip Balm ($7) – “Wow! What a burst of color on my lips! I’m always wary of lip balms with color because I don’t like anything on my lips that feels like lipstick. I really like the Alima Pure balm because it glides on smoothly, has great color, makes my lips feel hydrated, and has a bit of a mint-like feel that is pleasant and not overwhelming.” – Christine
Juice Beauty Conditioning Lip Color ($18) – “What I really love about the Conditioning Lip Color is that it evens out your lip color very nicely. I mainly use it as an undercoat and then apply a clear or nude lip gloss over it. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a little more than color than lip balm but less than lipstick to wear casually.” – Hailley, production intern
Mukti Bath & Shower Gel ($35) – “I am a convert to sulfate-free body washes, and Mukti’s is my favorite. It has a light grapefruit scent, lathers up with coconut-derived cocobetaine, and leaves my skin soft to the touch. I am also convinced that its anti-inflammatory botanical ingredients (such as nettle) have helped to keep occasional back breakouts at bay.” – Valerie
LATHER Eucalyptus Foaming Foot Scrub ($18) – “After just two uses of this foot scrub with ground pumice, I saw a huge improvement in the look and feel of my feet. They were smooth, soft and ready for the day.” – Shanté
Red Flower French Lavender Moisturizing Body Lotion ($26 in the shop) – “I love the consistency of this lotion – it’s not at all runny, but not super thick like a body cream. I use it as an all-over moisturizer after I shower. It locks in moisture so well that I never have to reach for it again (until my next shower!).” – Christine
AQ Lash ($135 in the shop) – “AQ Lash saved my lashes. Following a permanent mascara fiasco that made me lose my camel-like lashes, I’ve just resorted to glopping on mascaras of all sorts to compensate and fill in open areas along my lash line. AQ Lash, within weeks, restored my lashes, extending them slightly, and filling in areas that needed help. I used my tiny bottle consistently for two months, and still have a lot left to use.” – Preksha
Hair Vitality Shampoo ($35 in the shop) – “This foam-free shampoo works very well for my dry, flaky scalp. I saw an immediate difference once I started using it – and noticed that my flakes returned only after I stopped using it. Needless to say, I think I’ll stick with this shampoo.” – Steven
Hair Vitality Conditioner ($44 in the shop) – “If I could marry this conditioner, I would. It’s so lightweight and smells delicious. Most importantly, it helps my curly, unruly hair become softer and more manageable, and I’ve noticed less shedding. I use this as my regular conditioner, as a leave-in, and as a hair mask.” – Preksha