September 29, 2015

You might have heard the term “retinol”, as it’s fast becoming a term being constantly thrown around in the beauty industry; basically, what you need to know about it is that it is a form of Vitamin A – and the reason why it’s being used so much in skincare is due to its ability to reverse skin aging, thanks to its strong antioxidant properties (which halts skin damage caused by free radicals), and how it can connect to any skin cell and instruct it to behave like a young, healthy cell.

But one drawback about retinol is its possible side effects on the skin. It can be quite harsh, especially for sensitive skin, leaving some people or red and flaky. That fact has made us a bit more wary of retinol products, to avoid subjecting our skin to too much retinol at one go.

And that’s why Swedish brand Verso Skincare, a line based completely on retinol, has such a unique selling proposition: it has patented a new form of retinol, Retinol 8, that they claim is eight times more potent than regular retinol – but, less harsh on the skin. So yes, even those with sensitive skin can have a go at this line. Benefits to the skin include an increased production of collagen, so you get more elastic skin, a more even skin tone, and less fine lines and wrinkles.

Verso-Series 3

Verso Skincare is a compact line, currently made up of just seven products. They span the basics like a Foaming Cleanser, Day Cream and Night Cream, plus more targeted products like face and eye serums, and a Dark Spot Fix. And of course there’s the luxurious Super Facial Oil, since oils for the face are all the rage right now.

If you’re trying out Verso Skincare, of course we still advocate testing the product on a small patch of skin first. Even the brand suggests doing that – while the products have already been tested in the labs and proven to be gentle on the skin, there’s no such thing as being too careful, since everyone’s skin is made different.


Verso Skincare, available at escentials Paragon and escentials TANGS at Tang Plaza from November 2015.