Found the Light Powder with Vitamin C
Versed’s Found the Light Powder with Vitamin C is a good way to add vitamin C to your skin care routine, provided you’re willing to take an extra step involving a little mixology.
Wisely, Versed avoided a misstep we’ve seen in similar products; namely this fragrance-free vitamin C powder doesn’t come in a jar. Instead, it’s in an opaque plastic bottle with a twist-off top, and a small hole so you can sift it out (which works well – it doesn’t dispense too much product, and it’s easy to control how much you want to use).
The powder itself is lightweight and silky (its base is tapioca starch and aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, a powdery cosmetic thickening agent). It mixes well into moisturizers and serums without drastically altering their textures. Aside from those base ingredients, this contains vitamin C… and that’s about it. It’s a good amount of a form of vitamin C known as 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid, meaning you will see brightening benefits and of course, it has antioxidant benefits as well.
Is this a necessary addition to your skin care routine? There are many good vitamin C serums on the market that offer this star ingredient along with a host of additional beneficial ingredients. However, if you’re happy with your current skin care routine and just want to add a little more vitamin C to it, then this might be the product for you.
- Lightweight, silky powder mixes seamlessly into other skin care products.
- Contains a good amount of skin-brightening, antioxidant vitamin C.
- Packaged to protect its star ingredient.
- Fragrance free.
- One-note formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
Vitamin C is a highly unstable ingredient that degrades easily, losing its magic and thus its skin benefits. It’s one of the gold standards in skincare, so we want it to live a long, happy life serving your skin to its best potential. That’s why this little gem is a powder. Unlike some liquid vitamin C products, this baby stays fresh, retaining its potency from the first shake to the last. With its super-fine powder, it mixes seamlessly into your other products, so any serum or moisturizer can become a dark spot–brightening, collagen-stimulating, antioxidant powerhouse.
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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