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Daymaker Microcrystal Exfoliator

3.00 fl. oz. for $ 16.99
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Versed’s Daymaker Microcrystal Exfoliator aims to be a gentler take on face scrubs that gets it right… mostly (we’ll get to that in a bit).

Housed in an opaque squeeze bottle, this creamy product’s scrub action comes from the “microcrystals” mentioned in its name. While at first this sounds like it could be harsh, the crystals in question are actually tiny, gentle cellulose beads. They feel ultra-fine rather than overly abrasive, and provide manual exfoliation that makes skin feel softer and smoother.

Added to the skin-smoothing abilities of this product are moisturizing sunflower and jojoba oils. This also contains black currant and raspberry leaf extracts, which Versed claims can keep oil production in check. They can’t do that, but their antioxidant abilities can help reduce inflammation as claimed. Though they’re in a rinse-off product, they’re still thoughtful inclusions.

The only drawback here is that this also has fragrant lemongrass leaf oil, listed by its Latin name Cymbopogon citratus. It’s not here in a great amount (you can’t even really smell it), but fragrance – even in small amounts, in a rinse-off product – still has the potential to irritate skin and eyes.

That aside, this is still a good, mostly gentle option for physical exfoliation.

One final note: Versed says this can detox pores, but skin care products simply cannot do that; your pores don’t need detoxing in the first place, and the work of removing any toxins from the body is done by the kidneys and the liver, not anything you would place on your skin.

  • Small cellulose particles provide gentle physical exfoliation.
  • Includes hydrating sunflower and jojoba oils.
  • Contains antioxidant black currant leaf and raspberry leaf extracts.
  • Contains fragrant lemongrass oil, which has the potential to irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Refined pores, smooth texture, even skin? Look no further. This creamy pore polish detoxes pores and gently buffs away dead, dull skin cells. It’s formulated with superfine microcrystalline, a 100% plant-based, biodegradable alternative to microbeads, and an antioxidant-rich blend of black currant and raspberry leaf extract, which keeps oil production and inflammation (and thus, pesky breakouts) in check. Those teeny-tiny microcrystals (which are made out of cellulose) are uniform in shape--no gritty, rough, harsh seeds or shells here. It’s the creamy, gentle exfoliator for breakout-prone skin, sensitive skin, and any skin type that’s seeking a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.

Water, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyeryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Steroyl Lactylate, Hydroxyacetophenone, C10-16 Alkyl Glucoside, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Arginine, Sorbic Acid.

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

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