Versed is a skincare brand that offers affordable skincare products (my favorite kind of products!) that are packed with effective ingredients that work together to help improve your skin’s health and appearance.
While I reviewed Versed when I first started A Beauty Edit, I wanted to share an updated Versed review since they’ve expanded their product line, and I’ve purchased several more products over the last few years.
So today, I’m sharing my experience with several products, many of which offer anti-aging benefits, from the Versed skincare line:
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Versed Skincare Review
Whether you’re looking for an everyday antioxidant serum or a more intensive anti-aging treatment, Versed has something for everyone: clean formulas at drugstore prices.
Here are my thoughts on several Versed skincare products that I recently tried:
Versed Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator
Formulated for dullness and problem skin, Versed Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator is an exfoliating cream cleanser that lifts away dead skin cells with its super-fine microcrystals.
The exfoliator smooths your complexion while refining the look of pores and improving uneven skin tone.
The formula contains black currant and raspberry leaf extract, which help balance oil production and calm inflammation.
The 100% plant-based, biodegradable microcrystalline crystals are a safe alternative to microbeads.
The cellulose microcrystals are uniform in shape, providing a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliation that helps unclog pores and keep skin clear.
Note that this pore polisher, which can be 1 – 2x per week, should be applied AFTER cleansing and/or removing your makeup. It is suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone skin and sensitive skin.
I’m not a huge fan of face scrubs (I much prefer chemical exfoliation), but once in a while, it’s nice to use a physical scrub. This is not one of the scrubs of the past that are gritty and harsh on your skin!
The exfoliator is gentle but effective, leaving my skin feeling soft and clean without any tightness or dryness. Somehow, chemical exfoliators never provide that immediate baby-soft skin feel, but this scrub does.
I really like the citrus fragrance that comes from Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil, an oil derived from lemongrass.
If you’re a fan of face scrubs and deal with breakouts or just want a gentler physical exfoliator, give this one a try.
Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Toner
Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Toner is a brightening toner perfect for post-acne scars, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dark spots.
The toning solution contains a four-acid complex of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) plus additional brightening acids:
- 3% glycolic acid (AHA)
- 2% lactic acid (AHA)
- 0.5% azelaic acid
- 0.3% kojic acid
These acids work together to help gently exfoliate, brighten uneven skin tone, and smooth your skin’s surface by lifting away dead skin cells and other impurities.
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is also included to balance oil, reduce redness, and refine the look of pores.
A 0.8% concentration of bearberry extract moisturizes, and 0.6% magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (a vitamin C derivative) offers antioxidant and skin-brighting benefits.
This toner has become my new favorite AM toner. Since I don’t use very potent actives in my AM skincare routine, I use this toner daily for a very light chemical exfoliation.
Keep in mind this is not an intense acid concentration, but just right for my somewhat sensitive skin. (I get a very slight tingle upon application.)
If you’re a fan of stronger concentrations of exfoliating acids (i.e., The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution), this might not pack enough punch for you. But if you have slightly sensitive skin or can’t tolerate more potent acids, this could become a new favorite.
The toner comes in an 8 oz. refill pouch that I’ll probably purchase after I run out. It’s a great deal at $3.12/oz ($24.99 for 8 oz.) vs. $4.50/oz ($17.99 for 4 oz.) for the original size.
Versed Baby Cheeks Hydrating Milk Toner
Versed Baby Cheeks All-in-One Hydrating Milk Toner is a nourishing, hydrating toner that balances your skin’s pH while removing any residual makeup, dirt, oil, or hard water residue after cleansing.
The hydrating milk is formulated with humectants that help address dehydration and draw moisture to your skin, making it ideal for dehydrated or dry skin.
Perfect for sensitive, dehydrated, and dry skin, the toner contains coconut water and algae and bamboo extracts that are filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to help keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
The toner leaves my skin baby-soft and very hydrated. It’s super soothing, especially when my skin is acting up after overdoing it with retinol or other potent actives.
I like using this toner at night before acids or retinoids to prep, hydrate, and plump my skin. Is it worth a repurchase? I think so since it’s one of the more hydrating toners I’ve tried.
NOTE: I love the packaging of both Versed toners I tried. The lid pops open, and you press down to dispense the toner onto a cotton pad. Super easy and mess-free. Love it!
Versed Doctor’s Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask
Versed Doctor’s Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask is formulated with an AHA-BHA complex and pineapple enzymes to target hyperpigmentation and dark spots.
The rinse-off mask contains the following concentrations:
- 2% lactic acid
- 2% glycolic acid
- 0.15% salicylic acid
- 1.2% pineapple enzymes and papaya enzymes
Lactic acid and glycolic acid are AHAs that help brighten your skin tone and refine skin texture. Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells, reduce blemishes and redness, and improve oil control.
Pineapple and papaya enzymes are rich in vitamin C and act as gentle exfoliators while helping clarify your complexion by trapping bacteria and sebum (oil).
There shouldn’t be tingling and burning, just a brighter, glowing complexion that results from continued weekly use.
The first time I used this mask, I didn’t think much of it, but the more I use it, the more I like it. It’s not super potent, as you can see from the concentration of acids, but continued use has helped refine my complexion.
I feel a slight tingle upon application that quickly goes away. My face also gets a little pink after I wash it off after about 3 minutes, but that doesn’t last long either. I see improved clarity and brightness with continued use.
This is actually the perfect formula for someone like me with somewhat sensitive skin. I can tolerate a lower concentration of acids, and this resurfacing mask is precisely that.
For instance, products like The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution are just too potent for me, so Versed Doctor’s Visit Instant Resurfacing Mask is much more my speed.
NOTE: Versed notes that your skin may appear slightly pink after using the mask due to the acids in the formula. This is normal and shouldn’t last.
If you have sensitive skin, this mask may not work for you though, so be sure to patch test for 60-90 seconds to see if your skin tolerates the product.
Otherwise, The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel is a gentler option that may work better for you.
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum is an interesting product since it is a blend of an antioxidant serum and moisturizing facial oil in one.
This hybrid oil serum contains camellia oil and sea buckthorn extract in the oil phase to reduce redness, moisturize, and strengthen your skin barrier.
The water phase contains hydrating sodium hyaluronate (the salt form of hyaluronic acid) plus nourishing vitamin E and chamomile extract.
As you can see from the image, before the oil-serum is shaken, it separates into a two-toned oil phase and a water phase.
Once you shake it up, the phases mix together to create a multi-benefit moisturizing oil-serum that is suitable for all skin types, including oily skin and acne-prone skin.
You can use it in multiple ways:
- Under your moisturizer (as the last serum you apply)
- Over your moisturizer
- In place of your moisturizer
TIP: This multi-tasker also doubles as a subtle, moisturizing highlighter. Apply by patting one drop onto the top of your cheekbones, brow bone, and bridge of your nose.
I wasn’t sure about this product since I am not a huge fan of face oils because my skin leans towards the oily side.
But I was pleasantly surprised with the lightweight, almost watery texture of the oil-serum that does not feel oily or greasy at all on my skin. (The photo above shows how the oil- and water-based phases mix together.)
The nice part is that it’s difficult to mess up the application since you can apply it under, over, or in place of your moisturizer.
I particularly like to apply it alone without a moisturizer on hot days, and it does a nice job of keeping my skin moisturized throughout the day. Keep in mind that it is summer when I am testing it, so it may perform differently when my skin is dehydrated.
I think this would be a great choice if you have dry skin and need an extra boost of hydration.
It’s lightweight yet hydrating, suitable for all skin types, and provides a subtle radiant glow to my skin in one simple step.
Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm
Versed Smooth Landing Advanced Retinoid Eye Balm is a solid balm formulated with eye-safe ingredients to smooth wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging around the eyes.
The formula contains 1% Granactive Retinoid, a retinoid complex that is less irritating than retinol (another retinoid) but improves skin texture and reduces the look of crow’s feet wrinkles around the eyes.
Granactive Retinoid can even help with milia, those small flesh-colored bumps often appearing around the eyes. (I can attest that Granactive Retinoid has helped my milia!)
The eye balm also contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and squalane for nourishing the eye area. A 1% concentration of vitamin E conditions and is filled with skin-protective antioxidants.
Shea butter and 1% black currant seed oil moisturize and protect against free radicals, while 0.2% shitake mushroom extract supports skin healing.
I love using retinoids to treat the signs of aging, and when I saw that Versed had a retinoid eye balm, it was a no-brainer purchase.
The balm has a rich texture that melts when applied to my skin. It has a somewhat greasy feel, which is fine since the balm should be used at night due to its retinoid content. (Sunlight can degrade retinoids).
My skin drinks up the balm, leaving the skin around my eyes feeling incredibly soft. It smooths and firms my eye area, although I haven’t noticed an improvement in my hard-to-treat dark circles.
I think this is another Versed product that would be ideal if you struggle with dehydrated or dry skin around your eyes.
It’s perfect for mature skin, too, especially if you’re looking to treat fine lines, loss of elasticity, and dull skin.
Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream
Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream is Versed’s best-selling lightweight moisturizer that hydrates, softens, and smooths your skin with its jelly-like texture for a bouncy, plush complexion.
The gel cream contains sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid, plus aloe leaf juice to hydrate your skin. Green tea extract provides antioxidant protection and has even been shown to help with acne.
A blend of squalane and jojoba seed oil locks in moisture. These oils are noncomedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores.
The moisturizer has a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly without leaving any residue or greasy feel. It hydrates my skin nicely without making it feel heavy or weighed down.
I think this fragrance-free moisturizer is an excellent choice for someone with a combination or oily skin type who wants lightweight hydration that doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It’s super affordable, too.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, this might not be moisturizing enough, though, so you might want to check out Versed Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream instead.
Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Body Lotion
Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Body Lotion is a retinol body lotion formulated with 0.10% encapsulated retinol to help smooth and firm skin while brightening dullness and treating body breakouts (including post-acne dark spots).
Encapsulated retinol is formulated in a protective outer layer that disintegrates slowly, delivering a steady dose of retinol over time to renew the surface of your skin.
The slow-release formula limits the irritation, flakiness, and dryness that often comes with retinol, making it a great choice for sensitive skin.
This body lotion is also enriched with 2.5% cocoa butter, 1.0% squalane, and 0.01% vitamin E to moisturize, nourish and protect your skin.
The retinol lotion firms your skin, brightens dull and discolored areas, and smooths skin texture, making it ideal for crepey skin on your chest, knees, and elbows.
This is a lightweight yet hydrating formula that absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue. My skin feels nicely hydrated, and I experience no irritation, flakiness, or dryness thanks to the gentle formula.
I think this lotion is the perfect way to get the benefits of retinol that I love so much for my face without any irritation that retinol is known for. It has improved the texture of my skin, leaving it softer and smoother.
NOTE: Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher when using the lotion to protect your skin from sun damage.
Related Post: Drugstore Retinol Guide
Versed Total Package Replenishing Body Lotion Mineral SPF 30
A mineral body sunscreen! I prefer mineral sunscreens, so when I saw that Versed came out with a mineral sunscreen for the body, I knew I had to try it.
Versed Total Package Replenishing Body Lotion is a body sunscreen formulated with 17.6% non-nano zinc oxide and provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 UVA and UVB sun protection, plus protects against blue light.
This mineral sunscreen also contains moisturizing actives like grapeseed oil which provides antioxidant protection, and nourishing cupuacu butter, which is two times more hydrating than shea butter.
Sodium hyaluronate and sodium PCA support extended hydration.
The formula is lightweight and silky and, once absorbed, isn’t greasy or sticky. I noticed a bit of a white cast upon application, but that went away once it absorbed into my skin (see image above).
Please note that I have a light skin tone, so the lotion might be more noticeable on darker skin tones.
I love the fact that it’s more than just a sunscreen lotion. It’s formulated with antioxidant and hydrating ingredients that make it a nice body moisturizer, too.
Drawbacks? Depending on your skin tone, you may notice a white cast.
Versed notes that, unlike other body sunscreens, you won’t notice the sunscreen on your skin. Although I did notice it on my skin, it does feel lighter than other body sunscreens.
The Versed lineup is simple yet effective (all their products are under $25), with a focus on effective products formulated without extra packaging and conventional retail markups.
The Versed range of skincare products makes it easy for everyone to access the benefits of clean beauty – their products are created without any of the bad stuff like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, or dyes. Plus, all Versed products are vegan and cruelty-free.
Versed formulates their products with a focus on transparency while taking responsibility for their impact on the planet.
Versed Review: The Bottom Line
While I wouldn’t say Versed products are the most potent on the market, they are affordable and advanced formulas made with clean ingredients.
Many of their products contain low concentrations of effective actives like exfoliating acids and retinol, so if you are somewhat sensitive to these ingredients (like me), Versed may be a good skincare brand for you.
I love how Versed includes the main active ingredient concentrations of the products on their ingredient list, so you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for an affordable, clean skincare line that won’t cost you a fortune, Versed is worth a try!
For my thoughts on more Versed products, see my original Versed review from when I first started this website.
Thanks for reading!