It’s no secret—balanced, amply hydrated skin is the undeniable gateway to supple, dewy, youthful-looking skin. (Trust me—my 73-year-old dad looks ten years younger every time I force a hefty dollop of face cream on him.) Oddly, however, so many popular skincare products are working very much against us in that department. An alarming number of cleansers are overly harsh—stripping essential moisture from our skin and throwing our skin’s delicate microbiome into precarious imbalance, and don’t get us started on toners… many of which are notorious for being far too acidic and biting for our dew-starved winter skin.
Of course, not all cleansers and toners are the devil incarnate for sensitive complexions, but as beauty editors, we pass on plenty more than we should due to unfavorable ingredient lists that we know will only dehydrate our skin. Therefore, we couldn’t have been more excited when our non-toxic, sustainably-made sister skincare line Versed announced their newest launch: a milky, dreamy, plush-as-silk cleanser that not only effectively detoxifies and deep cleans pores, but pays it forward by reinvigorating skin with a hearty dose of nutritious moisture. Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about Versed’s new Gentle Cycle Milky Cleanser ($15) in addition to sharing a handful of our editor’s honest reviews and favorite complementary products from the brand. Keep scrolling!
This isn’t your average cleanser, folks. Heck, this isn’t even your average hydrating cleanser. Instead, think of this no-suds face wash as a five-for-one gem that effectively cleanses with the same finesse and TLC as the gentle cycle you’d use on your most-treasured delicates. It’s pH-balanced to protect your skin’s delicate barrier while simultaneously quenching its thirst with lush, high-quality nutrients for optimum hydration levels and a silky-smooth finish. It’s great for all skin types (even acne-prone!), but it’s especially clutch for anyone with particularly dry or sensitive skin. Or, you know, just anyone currently dealing with the inevitable winter-skin scaries. That’s all of us, right?
Additionally, double cleansers and non-double cleanser alike will fall for the marshmallow-esque texture and how easily it melts into your skin to effortlessly lift away built-up residue, grease, makeup, and dirt. We have a feeling that you’ll also appreciate that the packaging is made with 50% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic, and like all of its brothers and sisters in the Versed family, the formula is vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. (To get into the nitty-gritty, of what “non-toxic” means to Versed, you most definitely won’t find any of the below in the safe-for-skin recipe: artificial fragrances and dyes, parabens, silicones, sulfates (SLS/SLES), added phthalates, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde-releasing agents, PEGs, NPE, BHT, triclosan, triclocarban, petroleum, coal tar, mineral oil, talc, micro-plastics, hydroquinone, and more.)
Editor’s note: Please recycle! Remove the pump, and throw it away with all of its pieces. Be sure to rinse out any remaining product residue and toss the bottle in your recycling bin. (Versed shares that The PCR PET is a #1 plastic and widely accepted by municipal recycling facilities.)
Oat Milk: Fun fact, colloidal oatmeal is known as one of the most soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients you can treat dry, irritated skin to. And, lucky you, Versed’s Gentle Cycle Milky Cleanser is chock-full of the stuff. In addition to its aforementioned soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, it’s also loaded with other calming skin benefactors like lipids, beta-glucan, fatty acids, and antioxidants. It’s like a velvet-lined cradle for your face.
Probiotics: By now you’ve likely heard how great probiotics are for your skin. (And if you haven’t, check out our write-up, here.) Essentially, these healthy bacteria help balance off-kilter skin while promoting skin clarity, and keeping breakouts at bay. You’ll likely also notice a downtick in redness.
Marula Oil: This rich, moisturizing plant oil hydrates parched, dry skin while handily evening out rough texture or redness. According to Versed, it’s a wealth of dew- and elasticity-enhancing fatty acids, and it even contains naturally-occurring antioxidants like vitamin E.
Blackberry Vinegar: Welove when products contain cool, super-effective ingredients you don’t see every day, and we’re especially excited about this one which acts like a natural, skin-hugging astringent. It helps restore balance to the skin while nixing pimple-causing bacteria, and it plays especially well with the cleanser’s probiotics to keep your skin’s microbiome calm, cool, and collected.
This is the fun part because the sky is the limit as far as the cleansing options you get with this cleanser. As we mentioned above, this is not a foamy, sudsy, frothy cleanser, so don’t expect a face full of bubbles once you start massaging it into your complexion. (Psst! This is a good thing—it will never leave your skin feeling tight, itchy, dry, or stripped!)
Using circular motions, the brand recommends gently working a quarter-size amount into dry skin, adding in a little bit of water with your fingertips, and continue to massage for a full minute. (The more product you use, the creamier and milkier it will get on your face.) Then, rinse well and follow up with the rest of your skincare routine whether you’re using it AM or PM. Feel free to use it on its own or as the first step in a double-cleansing routine to easily liquify and erase makeup and/or daily grime.