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What's Working for Me Now

Marta Wohrle, founder of Truth In Aging
June 20, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments

My current skin care regimen includes some exciting new discoveries — some so new that we don’t yet have them in the Truth In Aging shop. That also means new results for old problems, some that I’d almost given up on. This season I will be focusing on fading stubborn spots while preventing new ones from forming, smoothing my skin’s texture to increase radiance and improving elasticity. Read on for what’s working for me now.

For about two years I have had what I can best describe as a raised, rough scar on my left cheek (the aftermath of a particularly vicious pimple). It is only the size of a pea, but a vivid red and with curious magnetic powers that compelled my fingers to pick and poke even though every adult woman knows that this is a no-no. I even resorted to dabbing apple cider vinegar on it, which would make it flake a bit, but ultimately come back crustier than ever. Then, I had a flash of inspiration and put into action a team of Medik8 r-Retinoate ($185 in the shop) and Skin 2 Skin Anti-sagging Renewal Serum ($73 in the shop).

They deserve a medal! And not just for taking down my scar to a soft, almost invisible spot that I warrant will be gone for good in another week, but for other transformative actions as well. Mornings and evenings, I applied the r-Retinoate generously to the area and a little more judiciously to some of my more stubborn lines (as always, around the mouth). This is a very user-friendly, yet powerful form of retinol that can be applied both day and night (unlike most other retinols) and is very easily incorporated into one’s regimen. It’s becoming something of a desert island must have for me.

After waiting a while, I applied Skin 2 Skin Anti-sagging carefully to the scar since I had been intrigued to hear that the dimethicone in it does wonders for softening scars. Well, I can now attest to that. In combination with the r-Retinoate, it has done the job. But while I am overjoyed by this result, I shouldn’t forget this is proving to be a great day cream that lives up to its firming moniker. I really like that this serum (with no nasties) is a way for me to incorporate two great peptides into my regimen, Syn-Coll and Syn-Tacks.

Another little breakthrough for Martakind has been Your Best Face Brightening Concentrate ($32 in the shop). I have made really notable inroads into a leopard spot that nothing much seemed to work on due to a new form of kojic acid (kojic dipalmate) that is more stable and effective than your mother’s kind. It has also really diminished some other lighter sun spots that normally get worse at this time of year. A truly targeted product that really hits bullseye — and at a decent price!

Some other newbies that have become keepers include Alastin Restorative Eye Treatment ($85), a lifting and firming eye cream based on a couple of peptides that clear out damaged, aged proteins in the skin's extracellular matrix (ECM). It does what it promises — lifts and firms — what more can I say?

And then there’s the long awaited night cream from the MitoQ stable, Skin Boosting Active Night Cream ($145). This new addition already feels like an old friend who will be around for a good while. It features mitoquinol mesylate, or MitoQ, a special form of the antioxidant ubquinone that targets mitochondria to boost cell activity. It also has the new(ish) peptides from the Matrxyl family called Synthe’6. It is a welcome night cream that gets the skin to look more elastic and soft without resorting to exfoliants. In case you are wondering, it makes a good compliment to original MitoQ ($119 in the shop), which is better than ever with a touch more of the key active. I use the original for daytime.

I have nothing to report on the cleanser or toner front, as I am just using what comes to hand. As for sunscreens, I have just started a new tester and have nothing to report yet. I should close by mentioning that despite all that I have going on, I still sneak in Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm ($78 in the shop) every few days for a radiance pick-me-up.

As always, please let me know if there is an anti-aging product you think I must try! 

  • September 25, 2018

    by Marta

    Hi Sheryl, welecome! There is a search tool at the top left of the website where you can type the name of a product to find my reviews - such as NuFace. In general, however, I do not find any at home microcurrent devices to be effective. While the professional machines used by estheticians are helpful, the technology does not seem to scale down.

  • September 25, 2018

    by Sheryl

    Hello, I am new to this site and wonder what your thoughts are on home microcurrent and effects of Nuface, myolift and clareblend mini? Thank you

  • March 9, 2018

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, this article was written in 2017. I update every three months. The latest is here:

  • March 8, 2018

    by Susan

    Marta, you don't mention the E'shee products - are you still using them?

  • December 7, 2017

    by Marta

    Hi Havi, you could try Your Best Face Nourish - a good toning eye cream and perfect for your age:

  • December 6, 2017

    by havi

    Hi Marta. I love everything you write. Your reviews are very informative. I'm a 25-year-old and have sagging eyelids. What would be your recommendation for that?

  • July 28, 2017

    by Oksana

    Hi, Marta
    Eye creams: Alastin vs Replenix? How does one outperform the other?
    You look beautiful

  • June 22, 2017

    by Elaine

    Thank you, Marta. I will give the new r-Retinoate a try....maybe once a week and use the NIOD Non-Acid, Acid Precursor the rest of the nights. Also, many thanks for introducing us TIA followers to NIOD. I love their many products and the company's philosophy.

  • June 20, 2017

    by Marta

    Thank you! I have to confess that when I was sent the draft newsletter to approve I was tempted to count my wrinkles and put my head in a paper bag. But the key thing is to look - or at least feel - that life is good. And I think that does come across. Now, Elaine, the retinol issue. I can see why you would be confused. In short I was against it for older skins - especially those getting dry and papery. But my opinion is evolving as new retinols come on the market and are gentle and in the case of r-Retinoate can moisturize as well. So my advice to 60-somethings is to give them a try - but use them judisciously, or as you would say, wisely (not every day, keep it to a few times a week).

  • June 20, 2017

    by Elaine

    Marta, you look MARVELOUS!!! Thank you for your reviews. I do have a question, though. For us ladies in our 60s, haven't you been discouraging us from using retinols, retinoids, etc, and AHAs and BHAs? I stopped using my retinol lotion and bought NIOD's NON-ACID ACID PRECURSOR at your recommendation for those of us with "wiser" skin (LOL). Needless to say, I'm now a bit confused? Yes to retinol for those of us over 60? Or stick with the Non-Acid, Acid Precursor?

  • June 20, 2017

    by Pamela

    Marta, you look younger and more beautiful each year. You must be doing EVERYTHING right!!

  • June 20, 2017

    by lori

    Hi Marta, I received an email from you today with your bright smiling face in the middle of it. It is so refreshing to see a woman (around the same age as me), look beautiful wrinkles and all. You have a real face, not all pumped up and re-arranged with fillers and might I say that I am so proud of you for being so authentic!
    You are what beauty looks like, thanks for representing the women of a "certain age" with such grace and integrity.

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