TRUFORA skincare – a new organic, cruelty-free line to learn about

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I’m always interested in learning more about skincare that is anti-aging while at the same time being organic, cruelty-free and vegan so when TRUFORA was sent I was happy to try it out. The CEO and founder of TRUFORA isn’t new to the skincare world. She’s worked with both Proactiv and SkinMedica which are amazing companies on their own. When Sara Sweeney started the Trufora brand her objective was to bring effective products that the user can feel good about. She worked with a renowned dermatologist, Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden, to make sure that the ingredients used were safe and effectual.
TRUfora Anti-Aging Skincare products

TRUfora Anti-Aging Skincare products

TRUFORA‘s line consists of 7 products that you can purchase individually or in a variety of systems including monthly systems that you’d save money buying. I love the packaging of this line. Besides great colorful products they are all in containers that won’t get contaminated by fingers when you use them. I also like that they differentiate between day (white) and night (fuchsia) creams and serums.

The skincare line includes:

  • Trufora Day Serum 85 (SRP: $60.00)
  • Trufora Intensive Night Treatment (SRP: $65.00)
  • Trufora Night Serum 85 (SRP: $80.00)
  • Trufora Perfecting Eye Treatment (SRP: $55.00)
  • Trufora Titanium Day Cream (SRP: $45.00)
  • Trufora Triple Action Exfoliator (SRP: $45.00)
  • Trufora Ultimate Facial Cleanser (SRP: $30.00)

So let’s see what these products are all about.

trufora facial cleanser
TRUFORA ULTIMATE FACIAL CLEANSER is a combination gel/cream cleanser. Because of the formula it doesn’t foam up on my skin. I apply it on damp skin and it removes my makeup without any dryness. They say it’s safe for eyes but I haven’t tried that. The cleanser, along with their other products, are loaded with some amazing ingredients.

Botanimoist AMS Extracted from dried apples, this moisturizing saccharide complex smoothes skin texture.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract 100% Organic Aloe Vera with vitamins, minerals and amino acids; hydrates and soothes skin irritations.

Quillaja Ultra Organic 100% Organic surfactant (lightly foaming) extracted from the bark of Chilean Quillaja trees.

MariMoist® Hydrating complex of marine-based, high water binding constituents. Contains Hyaluronic Acid which helps to maintain skin’s moisture balance, keeping it plump and supple.

CP Oat Avenanthramide Extract Powerful natural antioxidant and anti-irritant properties of Avenanthramides found in oat grains. Reduces redness (erythema) and inflammation and relieves itching.

TRUFORA Triple Action Exfoliator

TRUFORA Triple Action Exfoliator

TRUFORA TRIPLE ACTION EXFOLIATOR is definitely triple action. This is a heavy scrub for my face and one I can’t use more than twice a week. While this might be good for people who like really scrubby exfoliators, I prefer using it twice a week in the shower. It does the job well but it’s also harder for me to remove if I do it at my bathroom sink. The chemical exfoliation comes from AHA and BHA while the physical exfoliation is from both Kaolin Clay and Bamboo. I like how my face looks afterward but if you have sensitive skin, I don’t think this one is for you.

TRUFORA Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 and Day Serum 85

TRUFORA Titanium Day Cream SPF 30 and Day Serum 85

TITANIUM DAY CREAM SPF 30 BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN and DAY SERUM 85 are the two main daytime products. Day Serum 85 is named this way because “85% of the visible signs of aging are due to the negative effect that environmental factors have on the skin.” This serum protects your face from the environment as well as radiation. I’m a huge serum fan and use one twice a day and this is one of my favorites. It’s a very light creamy serum that is fragrance free and is a great base for their day cream. I let it absorb for a few minutes and it leaves my face feeling moisturized and never sticky.

Titanium Day Cream is a nice light moisturizer with some fabulous ingredients. The sunscreen protection is top notch. It contains a very high physical barrier of UV protection. Some of the key ingredients are below:

UV Cut Titanium Dioxide Ultra-fine Titanium Dioxide offers both UVA (320-400nm) and UVB (280-320nm) protection.

Vederine® Rich in oligofructosans from chicory, this restructuring active ingredient enables skin to recover an optimum epidermal barrier without UV exposure.

This is a great duo but can be used with other products if you like.

TRUFORA Protecting Eye Treatment

TRUFORA Protecting Eye Treatment

TRUFORA PROTECTING EYE TREATMENT is in interesting packaging with a metal tip applicator that helps cool down your undereye area and can help with puffiness. This has some hefty goals since it says it addresses the signs of aging like dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and loss of hydration and firmness. I prefer this for daytime since it does have a slight brightening effect but I don’t like the metal tip applicator. In my experience it doesn’t apply the treatment evenly and tugs on my skin. If I pump out more it will glide easier but it still isn’t my favorite application. I don’t use the metal tip, I only pump out the cream and apply it with my finger. It is nicely hydrating but it doesn’t help with my puffy under eye area. It contains some of the most unique ingredients I’ve seen in the world of eye creams though.

TRUFORA Intensive Night Treatment and Night Serum 85

TRUFORA Intensive Night Treatment and Night Serum 85

NIGHT SERUM 85 and INTENSIVE NIGHT TREATMENT are probably my favorites of this group. The Night Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid which is one of my buzz words. “This quickly absorbed, potent anti-aging serum also contains vitamin C, aloe, and oat avenanthramides. Night Serum 85 provides intense hydration to the skin through multiple forms of hyaluronic acid, an apple derived moisturizing saccharide as well as a soy based moisturizing complex.” The ingredients in this intrigue me and are so effective. This quick absorbing serum is clear and is a great way to protect your skin throughout the night.

Actizyme® Mushroom derived, water soluble enzyme. Exfoliates without compromising barrier function or skin reactivity. Increases skin cell renewal. Delivers long term rejuvenating benefits such as improving firmness, increasing clarity, reducing appearance of wrinkles, and increasing skin moisture.

Sytenol® A Retinol-like activity without the negative side-effects of retinol. Helps to protect against detrimental effects of UV exposure, has a high antioxidant profile, is a strong inhibitor of pro-inflammatory enzymes and has a strong inhibitory effect against UV induced erythema as well as broad spectrum anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities.

Revinage Bio-retinol. Retinoid receptor activity mimics the same positive results of retinoids to fight skin aging. Results in visibly younger, luminous and firm skin. Reduces appearance of wrinkles and improves skin elasticity. Displays anti-inflammatory action and is a powerful antioxidant (decreases free radical generation and stimulates SOD and CAT production).

DermaPep™ A350 Peptide with retinol-like activity. Anti-aging for face and body. Helps support skin’s natural collagen synthesis and anti-aging effect against environmental stimulus such as UV irradiation.

DermaPep™ A530 Capryloyl pentapeptide-26, multi-functional anti-inflammatory peptide for irritated and sensitive skin. Anti-inflammation effect against environmental stimulus such as UV irradiation. Reduces itching and pruritus.

The Intensive Night Treatment was formulated to synergistically work with and be layered over Night Serum 85, enhancing the benefits of both products.

TRUFORA Skincare regimen

TRUFORA Skincare regimen

What’s so interesting is the variety of ingredients TRUFORA uses in each of their products. You can tell a lot of research has gone into this skincare line. For me one of the biggest selling points is that the line is totally fragrance free but I also appreciate that it’s an organic line that is cruelty free. With all the skincare lines available it’s not always easy to find the right products but with TRUFORA I’ve found quite a few that I’m extremely happy with (the serums and Night Treatment especially). While I wouldn’t repurchase the Eye Treatment or Exfoliator I know that these are great products but that they just aren’t what I’m looking for.

If you are in the market for a new skincare system then consider TRUFORA, especially since the ingredients are what makes this stand out from the rest. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration


Sustainable Youth brings science and comfort to your skin

Sustainable Youth

Sustainable Youth

If you were offered products from Sustainable Youth®, wouldn’t you be curious about them? I certainly was since at my age I’d like to sustain whatever youthfulness I still have. What I received is SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION and SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT.

When you open those white boxes you’ll see this, which gives you a clue as to their philosophy and ingredients:

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® uses an ingredient called ALASTA® in all of their products. Alasta® is a patented scientific discovery of the most potent immunostimulatory and concentrated ingredient derived from the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Alastra’s job is to improve skin elasticity and firmness through its ability to boost the body’s overall immune system performance. Sounds to me like they are calling my name!!



Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta® is just a terrific cleanser. I’m loving this gentle cleanser that rehydrates my skin. It is incredibly creamy and my face just sighs when I apply it. It’s a pH balanced cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture. My skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

There’s no foaming at all with this cleanser, it’s like cleansing with the finest moisture product. But it gets my skin very clean. I often use it with my new Michael Todd Soniclear or if I’m rushing I’ll just wash and wipe off with a soft cloth (I like the one from The Body Shop). Either way my face is ready for the next step without ever feeling tight.

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

This also contains Cocoa Seed Butter which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Pro-vitamin B-5, otherwise known as panthenol, penetrates into the skin’s lower layers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also a proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts including extracts of cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. Even with this wonderful cocktail of ingredients, there’s no fragrance to it.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® LIFT EYE TREATMENT with alasta® is a treatment serum that was created to help lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. I’m unfortunately stuck with all three of those but mostly crow’s feet and fine lines. Since this helps to minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness I am only using it during the day. As soon as my face is cleansed, I’ll apply this gently under my eyes and smooth it until it’s absorbed. I found it did more for me during the day than at night. You can also take this with you to reapply during the day.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment uses ingredients that work synergistically with alasta®. It contains a potent blend of natural gums and polymers to mechanically smooth your skin. It also contains vegetable proteins to repair tissue damage and promote regeneration. In addition it uses potent natural plant herb blends to neutralize free radicals and prevent further damage.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes less plump making our eye area look more sunken and looser. What I like about this is that it can be used over makeup. What I don’t like so much is the $60 cost. While all the products in the lineup for Sustainable Youth® are costly, this one seems a little out of line at least for me. I highly recommend the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion though for a luxury feel to your face and a wonderful way to start your skincare regimen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients for Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Propanediol (Corn), SD Alcohol 38-B*, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Chamomile)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil *, Sodium Levulinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Ingredients for Anytime Lift Treatment

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil , Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil*, Darutoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

The fountain of youth? Nutriganics Drops of Youth Serum and Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop

Do you remember when you actually wanted to be older? When I was in my teens, there was no bigger compliment than someone thinking I was even one year older than my actual age. And if someone assumed I was in my twenties…now that was the ultimate! It’s certainly a different story now. I cringe at the thought of someone ‘guessing’ my age. Well, I suppose someone guessing my weight would be worse…but the age thing is definitely a bummer too.

It actually does exist!!

It actually does exist!!

The Body Shop has come a long way from its initial incarnation as a specialty body product store. Now it has a cadre of skin care items that promise a more youthful appearance. They recently sent two products from the Nutriganics line with names that would be right at home in Ponce de Leon’s shopping cart:  Drops of Youth Serum ($36) and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate ($30).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum

Drops of Youth is a serum housed in a glass jar with dropper applicator. It smooths the surface of skin, making fine lines look less noticeable.  In addition, the serum:

  • Helps enhance surface skin condition
  • Smooths skin
  • Instantly moisturizing
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

There are some great ingredients that skin just loves, like aloe leaf juice plus lots of emollients and skin conditioning ingredients. However, it does contain alcohol as the second ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin, as well as fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the fountain of youth for you.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop’s answer to those pesky eye wrinkles is their Drops of Youth™ Eye Concentrate ($30), a eye serum with Edelweiss plant stem cells that smooths out wrinkles and reduces puffiness. I love the applicator, a ‘cooling’ roller ball pump that is easy to use and so soothing. This is a great eye serum that does three main things:

  • Smooths the appearance of lines around the eyes*
  • Appearance of eye bags seems reduced*
  • Eyes appear less tired*

It may not make wrinkles disappear, but it certainly feels great and makes me look younger. At my age, taking even one year off my appearance is a bonus!

You can find The Body Shop at most malls as well as online at or  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Gel

MDSUN Skincare, the cosmeceutical line created by Dr. George Sun, is an intriguing line that features some of the most effective skin care ingredients available.  They recently sent us their Super Hydration B Serum ($85) and Intensive Eye Gel ($105) to test, which proved to be an impressive introduction to this line.

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Serum

The Super Hydration B Serum is a skin treatment that is housed in one of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen for a serum.  Usually serums have rather boring packaging, but the silver and blue glass bottle is a stunner!  Of course, looks aren’t everything and it’s what is inside that counts.  This serum has great ingredients that hydrate and smooth skin.  Here are the benefits listed on the web page:

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum

  • Spreads easily and fast absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin for a glowing complexion
  • Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth
  • Protects against moisture loss and oxidative damage

The major ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of skin plumping hyaluronic acid; panthenol, which is another name for vitamin B5, which keeps skin healthy and blemish-free; plus gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, which are similar to AHAs but less likely to irritate skin.  These ingredients reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I use this serum morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing, and it leaves my skin looking and feeling great.  Because it helps skin retain moisture, it plumps up fine lines and wrinkles and definitely improves their appearance.  I know I will use every last drop of this serum and it is on my repurchase list.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum

MDSUN Intensive Eye Gel also has very attractive packaging.  The bottle is a cheery, sunny yellow – and so is the eye gel!  It definitely took me aback the first time I tried it.  This eye gel has lots of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.  The benefits include:

  • Dark Eye Circles – high concentrations of Vitamin K work decrease the venous condition that causes dark eye circles
  • Pigmentation – ascorbic acid works to reduce melanin pigmentation
  • Static Wrinkles/Movement Wrinkles – oat extracts for hydration and arginine for improving wrinkles
  • Puffiness – anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce swelling and soothe skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing texture is perfect for oily/combination skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Paraben free

The major ingredients include Vitamin K1, an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce dark circles; acetyl hexapeptide-8, which is a cell-communicating peptide; ubiquinone CoQ10, which stimulates collagen production and heals UV damage; and ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C that works as an antioxidant.

I use this eye gel morning and night and am very pleased with the results.  I prefer an eye cream over an eye gel, but the gel is certainly calming to the eye area and it minimizes puffy morning eyes.  I will keep using this in the a.m. and will probably switch to an eye cream for night.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum and Super Hydration B Serum

Overall, I am quite impressed with these two products.  The packaging is stellar and the product formulas are elegant with extremely effective ingredients.   I think this is a line to get excited about, and I can’t wait to try more of MDSUN Skincare.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration