Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream
Versed’s Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream feels luxuriously smooth and has some worthwhile ingredients, but its packaging does its ingredients a disservice, making this a facial moisturizer we can’t recommend.
This cream has a rich, emollient texture that’s best for those with normal to dry skin. The brand says those with oily skin can use this as a nighttime moisturizer, but most dealing with excess oil will find it too heavy. However, if you have combination skin this would work well on drier areas.
As described, this fragrance-free cream is instantly hydrating and sinks into skin quickly, leaving a slightly dewy look. The creamy, moisturizing texture is largely provided by glycerin and cosmetic thickening agents. There’s also antioxidant- and fatty acid-rich squalane, hydrating algae extract, and two forms of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. As advertised, this contains antioxidant vitamin E, though not in as great an amount as the product claims imply.
Turning to those claims, Versed says this is an anti-aging formula, though it lacks a more robust blend of antioxidants to truly make this a powerhouse option. While that’s not the worst thing, the jar packaging presents problems. Such packaging exposes vulnerable ingredients to light and air, both of which cause beneficial ingredients (particularly antioxidants) to begin losing their effectiveness from the first use (see More Info for details).
While this cream provides a pleasant aesthetic experience, it just doesn’t stack up to the more impressive options you’ll find on our list of best moisturizers.
- Rich cream texture is instantly hydrating.
- Contains antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich squalane.
- Includes two forms of skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
Enriched with anti-aging ingredients like algae extract (an age-defying plant packed with vitamins, peptides, and protein), vitamin E (a skin-conditioning free radical fighter), and squalane (an ingredient that hydrates and replenishes the moisture your skin once had), this rich moisture cream keeps skin nourished and hydrated while fending off signs of aging. Note: It is rich but not greasy. In fact, the smooth texture is rather dreamy. Oilier skin types can still use this moisturizer as a night cream or as their heavier wintertime moisturizer.
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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