Wash It Out Gel Cleanser
Versed’s Wash It Out Gel Cleanser is advertised as “checking all the boxes” – but unless one of them includes “triggering irritated skin,” it absolutely does not.
This gel face wash comes in a clear plastic squeeze container. When applied to wet skin it lathers up to a light foam that does a good job removing dirt, oil, debris, and makeup (even waterproof formulas). As claimed, it rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling tight – though it should be noted it isn’t particularly moisturizing, either, and is better suited to normal or combination skin.
The ingredient line-up includes gentle cleansing agents and ingredients that condition and soften skin, among them seaweed and lactic acid. While that’s good, the high amount of fragrant rose water puts skin at risk for irritation, not to mention the fragrance ingredient limonene, which irritates skin and eyes.
Making matters worse is that this includes sensitizing peppermint oil, so much that the smell is obvious as soon as you open the bottle. Versed calls this a refreshing “hint” of mint, but it’s anything but – peppermint oil is irritating, even in a rinse-off product, and that’s to say nothing of the issues it can cause for eyes. That’s especially egregious because Versed claims this product is eye-safe, which is just plain wrong.
No matter how well this performs, the potential for irritation means it ranks far below the superior options you’ll find on our list of best cleansers.
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and makeup (even longwearing formulas).
- Rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling tight as claimed.
- Includes fragrant rose water and limonene that put skin at risk for irritation.
- Contains skin-sensitizing peppermint oil.
- Is not eye-safe as claimed.
This everyday cleanser checks all the boxes. It’s clean, eye-safe, and soap-free. Oh, and it works. It gently and effectively washes away dirt and impurities with a light, frothy lather. And it’s infused with skin-nourishing rosewater and a refreshing hint of mint, leaving you feeling minty-fresh without that squeaky-clean, tight-skin sensation.
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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