Reviewed: Versed Day Maker Microcrystal Exfoliator

As the name would suggest, one of the things that makes this physical exfoliator special (and superior to so many other cell-sloughing options on the market) is how ultra-fine its teeny-tiny crystals are. They’re grainy enough to target and tackle uneven skin texture, but you won’t be left with red, irritated, or injured skin. It’s also worth pointing out the difference between the microcrystals Versed has chosen to use and the microbeads so many other brands utilize in their physical-exfoliator formulas.

In a nutshell, microcrystalline cellulose is Ecocert-approved and certified by the Natural Products Association. It’s biodegradable, completely safe (although we don’t recommend this, the press release from the brand states you could even ingest it), and it’s made from renewable sources.

Microbeads, on the other hand, are small, solid, factory-manufactured plastic particles that can’t degrade or dissolve in water. Due to their tiny size, most wastewater treatment systems won’t be able to catch and filter them, so they’re easily able to travel directly from your drain to rivers, lakes, and oceans. Ultimately, this can have a damaging effect on the environment—specifically marine life—due to microbeads’ inability to decompose, how they absorb toxins, and how they travel up the marine food chain. (You can see why we’re so thrilled with Versed’s environmentally safe formula.)

Enhanced with other strategic ingredients like antioxidant-rich berry leaf extracts (we’ll dig into those more below) and skin-quenching jojoba seed oil, Versed’s microcrystalline formula sits in a lush creamy base and will effectively buff away the built-up dead skin cells that lead to congestion, dullness, and uneven skin texture. Day Maker is delicate enough for those prone to acne, intense dryness, or irritation and sensitivity. Plus, since it’s a member of the Versed family, it’s nontoxic, vegan, cruelty-free, pregnancy-safe, and made from 79% PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic. 

Editor’s note: Please recycle! Remove the cap, cut into the tube without cutting it into two pieces, remove excess product, and rinse thoroughly. Then, put the cap back on, and throw it into the recycling bin. (The paper box it comes in can also be recycled.)