On The Rise Firming Serum Peptide Blend + Resveratrol
Versed’s On The Rise Firming Serum Peptide Blend + Resveratrol promises to help offset the toll that stress, the sun, and gravity have on skin. Thanks to its mix of anti-aging ingredients it really can help strengthen skin’s youthful properties and supportive elements… relatively speaking (don’t expect this – or any serum - to reverse gravity’s effect on sagging skin).
Housed in an opaque plastic bottle with a dropper dispenser, this fragrance-free fluid serum slips over skin and feels incredibly lightweight, leaving an imperceptible finish. The formula is suitable for all skin types, which is great news considering it’s loaded with ingredients that anyone can benefit from.
The soothing combination of peptides (palmitoyl tripeptide-1 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7) help replenish skin's surface and visibly improve signs of sun damage like wrinkles and rough texture. Resveratrol as well as other antioxidants including forms of vitamins A, C, and E step in to neutralize the negative impact of environmental stressors. Skin is also treated to hydration-boosting sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid).
Our only word of caution is to remember to tightly screw the lid back on immediately after each use to limit air exposure that could degrade the formula (considering the bottle has a rather large opening). That aside, On The Rise Firming Serum Peptide Blend + Resveratrol really impressed us as a budget-friendly anti-aging serum.
- Well rounded mix of antioxidants and peptides to tackle multiple signs of aging.
- Contains hydration-boosting sodium hyaluronate.
- Lightweight formula compatible with all skin types; leaves an imperceptible (non-greasy) finish.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaging could be improved for stability (but isn’t a deal breaker).
Stress, the sun, gravity—they all play a part in the aging process. Then, wrinkles, sagging skin, dullness, and more show up. This anti-aging serum tackles signs of aging from all angles, with a special focus on firming skin. That means boosting collagen production to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Peptides and a vitamin blend (hi, vitamin C) do just that while resveratrol (a powerful anti-aging antioxidant) neutralizes damaging free radicals and strengthens your skin’s natural defense system.
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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