Baby Cheeks All-in-One Hydrating Milk Toner
Versed’s Baby Cheeks All-in-One Hydrating Milk Toner is an okay multitasking toner that would’ve earned our top rating with some additional ingredient tweaks and a packaging update.
Contained in a clear plastic bottle (more on that in a minute) topped with an easy-to-use push-down dispenser (similar to many nail polish removers), this fragrance-free toner has a milky-yet-lightweight liquid texture that works for all skin types. Per Versed’s instructions, shake before using, but whether applied with fingers or a cotton pad, it absorbs quickly, leaving skin lightly hydrated and prepped for the rest of your routine. The brand also suggests it can be used as a cleanser (similar to a micellar water), which it can. It does a good job removing light dirt, oil, and makeup, but for waterproof sunscreen or makeup, you’ll need something more heavy duty.
The primary ingredients for this toner are basic but good: coconut water, glycerin, bamboo and algae extracts, plus vitamin E. It’s a calming and non-irritating mix, but not quite up to the standards of today’s best toners, which offer additional antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients that make them essential to a fully-formed skin care routine.
There’s also the issue of the packaging – because the bottle is clear, you’ll have to store this out of direct light to protect some of the good ingredients from breaking down, making that another factor to consider with this product.
- Milky-yet-lightweight texture is suitable for all skin types.
- Works as a micellar water for light makeup.
- Includes hydrating coconut water, bamboo, and algae extracts.
- Contains antioxidant vitamin E.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
- Clear packaging means this should be stored out of direct light.
This multi-tasking milk is no ordinary toner. It erases all traces of makeup, restores skin’s natural pH balance, and removes post-cleanse hard water residue—all while hydrating and replenishing your skin. Its milky texture leaves skin velvety-soft (thanks to algae extract, bamboo extract and coconut water) and residue-free. Use it however and whenever you please, as the first, last, or only step in your cleansing routine. Makeup remover, cleansing milk, hydrating toner, post-workout refresher—you decide.
Versed Skincare is the creation of Katherine Power, former West Coast fashion editor of Elle magazine and co-founder of the LA-based fashion company Clique Brands. Versed is positioned as the sister brand of the company’s Who What Wear clothing line sold at Target, and so Versed is sold there as well as other retailers.
Versed’s philosophy is straightforward: offer affordable, effective skin care products that are both vegan and, in the brand’s words, clean. “Clean” is an ambiguous phrase in the beauty industry that lacks a standard, regulated definition (it varies from company to company), but in this instance it means that there are no so-called “toxic” and “questionable” ingredients in Versed’s products.
While some of these ingredients – such as formaldehyde and artificial fragrance – are certainly best avoided, others are labeled as bad based on outdated research, poorly designed or inconclusive studies, or simply anecdotal evidence, and not on the conditions (or concentrations) in which these ingredients are actually used in real-world skin care applications.
That aside, Versed has an attractive aesthetic that goes along with this clean philosophy: pastel-colored packaging with plain type that explains what each product’s purpose is and calls out key ingredients in each. For the most part, Versed products are packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients; however, there are a few instances of clear and jar packaging, which compromise the benefits of some ingredients, particularly antioxidants.
The formulas from Versed are a mixed bag. Some contain a host of beneficial ingredients while totally avoiding irritants, others are good but basic, and some others include fragrant plant extracts and oils that pose a risk of sensitizing skin (and we should be clear – fragrance, both synthetic and natural, can irritate skin). It really is a situation where the products are best judged on a case-by-case basis, as the hit-or-miss nature of the line requires more scrutiny than simply choosing based on product claims and skin type.
Despite the extra effort needed, Versed does have some good products to offer, and the convenience of being available both online and in a major retailer like Target, will have a lot of appeal to a good number of people. You can learn more about Versed at https://versedskin.com/.
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