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What's Working for Me: Winter 2015

what's working for me winter 2015
January 27, 2015 Reviewed by Marta 11 Comments

I need a drink. At least that’s what my skin’s been telling me. And not a Chardonnay (although…). The biggest shift in my regimen is that I can’t live without a moisturizer. This started before the real onset of winter (even though the cold, dry winds have certainly exacerbated things). Perhaps it is age-related (I just turned 55), perhaps it is temporary (we shall see). In the meantime, there are two moisturizers that I can’t live without.

The first is Innarah VenoDefense Crème ($300 in the shop). I took some with me on a recent eight-day trip, and that is a sure sign of a dependency. I initially tried this very rich moisturizing cream with a tester pot, and the little thing lasted so long that I began to think the price tag of the full-size might not be all that audacious. When the tester ran out, it was about a week before I caved and sprang for the full $300. This has now become my night cream, and I love the way that it makes my skin feel comfortable and supple. The formula includes the full panoply of Innarah’s anti-aging ingredients, and so I don’t feel the need to layer a serum under it (although, sometimes I do, as I will get to later).

My second moisturizer is for mornings, and it is I Pekar Moisturizer ($78 in the shop). Now I admit to a little bias here. This is part of the new skin care line by my lovely and longtime esthetician, Ildi, and I know what a labor of love its creation has been. Objectively though, it is a delicious product, almost natural enough to eat and it firms, hydrates and soothes. Raw honey is a key ingredient, as is a peptide that activates an epidermal growth factor (TGF-beta) to stimulate collagen in the skin. It gives my skin a dewy glow and is versatile enough to be used over a serum.

Talking of serums, I haven’t been able to give up my mighty MitoQ($119 in the shop), despite the testing of other products that I have been doing. Regular daily use is having a great impact on my neck, which has always been the last bastion of sun damage. I use it on my face, except for my forehead (this area has been reserved for testing the new Medik8 Firewall — you can read my review on Firewall and see what is has been doing to keep frown lines away). Meanwhile, MitoQ is still a great firmer and skin conditioner.

It is always a good sign when I keep using a product after I have written a review, and this is the case with LiftLab Lift & Perfect ($250). I have been using it target my lip lines (stubborn and nasty things in my case), and it is definitely helping. And on the subject of targeting, I should mention Medik8 Red Alert ($60 in the shop). I have just purchased a new bottle and find it very helpful for the apples of my cheeks where I am prone to a bit of rosacea, redness and thread veins.

As far as eye creams go, I am testing the new Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). I’ll be writing my review soon, but suffice it to say that this one is a winner. Previous tweaks over the years have improved the product, but this latest reformulation is a game changer. If I weren’t in full test mode, I’d be using the Sciote Peptide+Defense Eye Cream ($65 in the shop) that is in my cabinet. This is a well-priced eye cream that does a decent job.

My new all-time favorite cleanser is I Pekar Cleanser ($65 in the shop). It manages to be light and creamy, gentle but cleansing and delightfully scented with honey and ginger. From time to time, I do feel the need for gentle exfoliation, which is when I will reach for Blissoma Fresh Mild Rice Facial Cleanser ($31.99). I don’t use a toner every day, but when I do, it is Sweetsation C*Bella Organic Brightening Toner ($24).

And now, a word about devices and some new things to come. I alternate between Truth Vitality Lux Renew ($279 in the shop) and the Truth Rejuvenate on different days, adding up to four times a week in total. I precede my treatments with Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum ($75 in the shop) (my little DIY attempt at Ildi’s Boost facial treatment). And I am excited to be testing my new Truth Vitality Treatment Gel with the devices and expect to launch it at the beginning of February. A post-treatment serum is also in the works, but it is a few more weeks off.

Finally, my minimalist makeup kit boils down to W3LL People Narcissist as my concealer/foundation and the W3LL People Realist X for a finishing powder that helps keep the shine off my dime. I am getting to the point in life where I want to look a bit more turned out or finished, and I feel that an extra dab of makeup here and there is what I need. So, I’m on the lookout and would love to hear if anyone has any new recommendations for me.


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.

  • February 6, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi MC, you could try my brand new gel, Truth Vitality Treatment Gel. It can be gently wiped away with a tissue and it doesn't need to be washed off (indeed it has good things in that are worth leaving on). https://www.truthinaging.com/truth-vitality-treatment-gel

  • February 6, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Maria, Thaks again for the Duwop suggestion. I bought some and am loving it. The light coverage is perfect for me.. It is not drying or aging like most foundations. Although the formula isn't squeaky clean, I like that it has some good peptides.

  • February 3, 2015

    by Kirsten

    Have you tried Stemology lately? I know you did a review last year but I'm wondering what your thoughts are on serums/moisturizer for the neck area. I've been using Stemology Moisture Complete and I LOVE IT...I actually see my neck skin getting firmer, less thin. But is there anything you think is even better?

  • January 28, 2015

    by mc

    Hi Marta,

    I'm very interested in Sheri's question, also. I would like to order the Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum to be used with the Myotone, but do I really need to use something in addition to that? The gel that comes with the Myotone needs to be washed off after use, and after I wash makeup off at night, then use the device, I have to wash the gel off again. Too much washing for my semi-dry face in the middle of winter! I would love to use something compatible with micro-current that I can just leave on afterwards.
    Thank you, Marta!

  • January 28, 2015

    by Marta

    That's a great suggestion Maria. It has Matrixyl 3000! I have just ordered it and will let you know how I get on.

  • January 28, 2015

    by Maria

    Duwop foundation of youth is my new fav. Would love your opinion? Thank you. Toodles.

  • January 27, 2015

    by Faith

    Would love recommendations and reviews on quality products that don't cost an exorbitant amount. Even with the discount I find the purchase price to high for the small quantity of product. At the cost that is listed for long term results you would be better off going to a surgeon to fix the aging issues

  • January 27, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Sheri, the Sciote is used in advance and once it is absorbed I do the treatment with my water-based gel mask.

  • January 27, 2015

    by Sheri

    Hi Marta,
    I love the Truth Vitality Lux Renew with LED and Ultrasound. You mention that you use the Sciote Super Moist Hyaluronic Serum before using the devices. The serum has at least 2 oils: jojoba and geranium. I thought the face was to be oil free, with only a water-based gel. Also, it contains glycerin -- is that a form of oil?
    Thanks for all you do for us!
    Sheri

  • January 27, 2015

    by Bella

    Has anyone in TIA used a product that really, truly works on a temp. basis (I don't care if its temp. anymore)to diminish marionette lines at least for an 8 hr period. A product that you can apply make up over & it will continue to work, and allows you to conversate & continues to work? In othe words it WORKS no matter what, at least for 8 hrs or until you wash your face. I am desperate, pls email me if you will & let me know, I also have nose to mouth lines, as well as marionette lines. I'm 59, but becuz of the marionette lines most people think I'm 10 yrs older, how would you like this?! I stay in the house & only go out when I have to, I'm tired of being called puppet face! I have been taking excellent care of my skin since I was 20 yrs old & I get marionette lines. I have made an appt. to begin injections, but would much rather use a topical solution to this problem (that's ruined my social life) even if it's a temp. product. PLEASE WILL U HELP ME? Thanks so much, Bella

  • January 27, 2015

    by carolyn

    wow! Most of these products are extraordinary expensive for the average woman! I would love to try many of these but since I have other obligations, mortgage, utilities, food, gas, regular day to day expenses, buy these would be utterly ridiculous!!!!
    On the other hand - perhaps they could use another "tester" that writes reviews - would love that job!!!

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