I had the opportunity to test the Topical Marine Treatment ($375) from True Botanicals, so I gave it a go for 30 days. True Botanicals takes anti-aging skincare very seriously. It’s the green beauty world’s equivalent to La Mer or La Prairie.
And what happened to my skin surprised even me.
What the Topical Marine Treatment Does
The Topical Marine Treatment is meant to be comparable to acid peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing for tightening and smoothing skin, but without undesirable skin thinning. It has the added benefit of no down time, and no risk of additional discoloration or scarring on the skin (which is a major bummer when you’ve shelled out money to fix those types of problems).
It’s appropriate for all skin types, including sensitive.
My Before & After
This is a face that developed melasma when I was pregnant with my daughter, battled cystic acne when my autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s) was at its worst, and went through the hormonal roller coaster of two miscarriages. The last couple years have been hell on my skin. Yet—surprisingly—it’s not nearly as bad as it used to be.
The way I see it, I wear my battle wounds on my face.
And I’m ready for serious improvement.
Although the Topical Marine Treatment is the star of True Botanicals’ skin rejuvenating products (and by far the priciest product), I wanted to get the most out of this product by using it in conjunction with the products it was developed to work best with. The Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW mixed with the Vitamin C Booster (applied on my nights off from the Topical Marine Treatment) further helped my skin. There’s also an exfoliating mask I used. So some of my results are the sum of more than just the Topical Marine Treatment on its own.
My general complaints about my skin are: uneven pigmentation, especially on the forehead and cheeks; uneven texture on forehead and cheeks; some enlarged pores; horizontal lines on the forehead; overall “ruddiness”; some residual blemishes. (And if you’re wondering, I take diligent care of my skin and use sun protection every day. For all its faults, my skin is not neglected.)
I used True Botanicals products each night in the prescribed manner, for 30 days.
I’m blown away by the results. Normally, rapid improvement like this would require a peel, laser or harsh ingredients like a bleach. But instead, without any downtime or further irritation to my sensitive skin, I’ve seen massive improvement.
Most noticeably, hyperpigmentation has decreased, especially on the cheeks. The little brown spots and the overall mask-like ruddiness have both improved. There is an improvement to the horizontal lines on the forehead, and a reduction in enlarged pores. There are no new breakouts or inflammation. To the touch, my skin feels softer and plumper. There’s an overall brightness to the skin that wasn’t there before.
Another improvement I’ve noticed is that my skin glows in a way it didn’t before. Although part of that is related to an overall evening of skin tone, a big part of it is that my skin is now smoother, and light reflects differently off of it.
Who knew 30 days could be so productive, without extreme measures?
The photos you see I took on Day 1 and Day 30 of the regimen. No makeup, except eyebrow pencil. I don’t mind showing my bare skin, but so-help-me-god no one is gonna see my brows undone. No retouching. I did my best to create identical lighting, a mixture of daylight and a studio light to show as much detail as possible—basically, the opposite of flattering light.
The True Botanicals Anti-Aging Regimen
To fully reap the benefits of the Topical Marine Treatment, here’s the full True Botanicals nighttime regimen I used:
- Topical Marine Treatment: one full dropper applied to a clean face, every other night. This is the superstar product. The smell is milder than I expected, but it does have the look of swamp sludge. And it produces a mild, temporary tingling feeling.
- Pure Radiance Oil, RENEW: each day and night. This vibrant red facial oil has helped balance my dry and oily areas without causing breakouts. I use a little bit less during the day (about 3 drops) and a bit more at night (about 5-6 drops). This oil, when combined with the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW, outperformed the iconic Creme de La Mer in an independent scientific clinical study… this stuff means business.
- Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW: every other night, when I’m not using the Topical Marine Treatment. This orange-red serum helps to reverse skin damage from sun exposure and aging, while softening wrinkles. What really makes it extraordinary is its mix-in, which is up next…
- Vitamin C Booster: 3 shakes mixed into the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW. I love this product! Most skin care afiaconados know all about Vitamin C, how it can brighten and firm skin. But Vitamin C is also notoriously unstable, rendered impotent by light and air. So here is True Botanicals’ brilliant solution: maintain maximum potency by mixing this powdered C into the serum. It’s easy to do, and makes the nighttime serum go so much further. I think it’s safe to say that the Vitamin C Booster played a significant role in improving my hyperpigmentation issues.
- Smoothing Eye & Lip Balm: each night. Healing and nourishing, and plumps up my little laugh lines. For me, it’s too heavy for daytime use, but I love it for nights. And I didn’t realize how much it helped my lips until I compared my before/after photos. I can clearly see that I began the 30 day experiment with drier lips!
- Resurfacing Moisture Mask: 1-2x per week. I was skeptical about using this mask more than once a week, because my skin is so sensitive, but my skin never became irritated. I can consistently use this mask twice weekly with great results, and making my other products more effective. It’s citrus-smelling and cantaloupe-colored.
True Botanicals was kind enough to give me this regimen in exchange for an honest review of my experience. I’ve already been a fan of their products (their Eye Serum alone turned back the clock on my eye area), but the results from this anti-aging and repair regimen have far exceeded my expectations.
Clinical Trial Results
True Botanicals conducted a trial with 283 participants to determine how the Topical Marine Treatment improved fine wrinkles, thin skin and rosacea. You can see those results here.
Inside the Ingredients
This ingredient list is everything a potent anti-aging serum should be: safe, powerful ingredients, free of cheap fillers—True Botanicals spends 5x as much on product formulation as their competition. These ingredients are potent, yet extremely safe.
Ingredients: True Botanicals Bioferment TM (alaria seaweed + sodium chloride), organic green tea leaf extract, neroli flower water, organic saccharomyces ferment, organic MBET Natural Marine Extract TM, chitin, citric acid, organic vegetable glycerin, noni fruit extract, resveratrol, superoxide dismutase, algin, edelweiss flower/leaf extract, tamarind extract, kelp extract, vitamin C as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, glucosamine, niacinamide, astaxanthin, algae extract, jojoba seed oil, carnosine, ubiquinone, non-GMO tocopherol, magnesium chloride, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, tripeptide-29, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, ceramide 1, tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric urea trifluoroacetate, phytosphingosine, sodium lauroyl lactylate, carbomer, enteromorpha compressa extract, tara gum, sodium hyaluronate, glycoproteins, beta-glucan, calcium citrate, calcium malate, magnesium citrate, magnesium oxide, zinc citrate, decyl glucoside, lecithin, xanthan gum, cholesterol, organic ecocert phenethyl alcohol, ethylhexylglycerin, grapefruit peel oil, organic lavender oil, organic vetiver root oil.
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Over on their website, under “Ingredients”, True Botanicals gives information on each and every ingredient in this serum. Just click on an ingredient, and voila!, you now know the backstory and purpose of each ingredient.
For instance, click on resveratrol, and you’ll find that “Resveratrol is an extremely powerful antioxidant with extraordinary anti-aging properties. It preserves the skin’s youthfulness by protecting stem cell niches and mitochondrial DNA and reduces the signs of aging by redensifying the extracellular matrix.” I love that True Botanicals is proud enough of each and every ingredient in their products to brag about it with the consumer.
But resveratrol isn’t the only useful ingredient in this serum. The marine extracts stimulate the skin to produce more collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. They also stimulates blood vessel formation, so it contributes to overall skin health while improving it aesthetically. And ceramides improve skin suppleness while minimizing dryness and wrinkles.
This TMT ingredient list reads like a who’s who of effective skincare superstars.
(Jacqueline’s note: I’ll also be doing separate product profiles on the serums and masks mentioned in this post, so stay tuned for those!)
Another User’s Experience
Last year, I introduced my mom Laura to True Botanicals, because I felt it was the best natural anti-aging skincare line available. She’s 54, takes great care of herself, and is, well, gorgeous.
Last time I visited her in California, I was immediately struck by the visible change in her skin. She always looks good, but suddenly her skin looked incredibly smooth and bright. It didn’t have a telltale waxy post-peel look; it simply looked radiant in both texture and clarity. And although I had never noticed enlarged pores on her skin, the texture reminded me of porcelain.
At that point, she’d been using the Topical Marine Treatment and the Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW with the Vitamin C Booster for 3 weeks. She wasn’t even done with her first 30 days yet, and I wanted what she had!
When I asked her if the Topical Marine Treatment was worth it, here’s what she said:
“It is expensive. But I would rather use TMT than get a peel, laser or chemical treatment.”
I love mom wisdom.
Is the Topical Marine Treatment Worth It?
I plan on purchasing another bottle of the Topical Marine Treatment, because it gave me better results than other skincare products and even treatments I’ve had in the dermatologist offices.
Factoring in the price, the lack of downtime, and the fact that my skin was neither sensitized nor irritated, the Topical Marine Treatment has been a godsend for my skin.
I’m also thrilled with the other products in the anti-aging regimen, which cost less and last much longer than the TMT. The Cellular Repair Serum, RENEW, Vitamin C Booster and Resurfacing Moisture Mask will remain in my skincare rotation.
Where to Purchase
The Topical Marine Treatment is available at the True Botanicals website for $375. Buy it here.
More About the Serum & Vitamin C Booster
Read my profile and ingredient breakdown of the Cellular Repair Serum and Vitamin C Booster here.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.