Hydration Station Booster with HA
Versed’s Hydration Station Booster with HA isn’t the most concentrated hyaluronic acid booster on the block, but it does give skin another way to improve its water content via this research-proven ingredient.
Housed in a clear, plastic bottle with a dropper dispenser, this ultra-light fluid absorbs quickly, making it suitable for any skin type. This texture also works well if you want to mix it with your normal moisturizer or serum before applying to skin.
Hydration Station Booster contains two forms of hyaluronic acid (HA) that can help boost hydration by increasing moisture in both the upper and lower levels of skin. That said, the amount of HA isn’t as high as other top-rated hyaluronic acid boosters/serums we’ve reviewed, so you’re not reaping the full potential of what it has to offer.
The rest of the fragrance-free formula is light on noteworthy supportive ingredients to beef up what it has to offer. While hyaluronic acid remains stable in the presence of light, we recommend storing the clear bottle somewhere dark (i.e. in a drawer) to protect its other light-sensitive ingredients.
The bottom line: While this isn’t a bad product per se, there’s room for improvement.
- Contains two forms of hyaluronic acid to help boost hydration.
- Water-light fluid absorbs quickly, making it suitable for any skin type.
- Fragrance free.
- Not as concentrated or robust as best-in-class HA boosters.
- Clear packaging needs to be stored out of direct light exposure to preserve stability.
With two types of hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid (your body’s natural hydrator that’s able to hold 1000 times its weight in water) to hydrate both at the skin’s surface and the layers beneath it, this serum booster will quench your skin’s thirst. Virtually weightless, it disappears into skin in a snap. It can be used alone as a serum or mixed in with your other serums, gels, and creams.
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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