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Verso’s Hero Ingredients: Retinol 8 & NEAR 1

    23 · 09 · 2022

Retinol 8 is a true Verso hero ingredient that has been essential to the Verso Skincare family since the start. It is a unique Vitamin A complex that has an outstanding ability to communicate with your skin and make it act as if it were younger. Verso’s mission is to help improve the health of all skin types with easy-to-use, effective and unharmful products verified by science. Retinol 8 is the outcome of that goal. 

Our science-first philosophy is infinite, and eight years ago, we set out to develop NEAR 1, a worthy cousin of Retinol 8, to further improve the efficacy and usage of Vitamin A. NEAR 1 has the potential to visibly reduce dullness, improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, and provide a smoother skin texture. The patented molecule combines Vitamin A and Niacinamide in one impactful, versatile technology. 


“NEAR 1 and Retinol 8 is a testament to Verso’s science-first approach and introduces a new standard of simplicity and efficiency in skincare.”  

NEAR 1 and Retinol 8 can exclusively be found in Verso Skincare´s range of products.  

Here is your guide to the unique benefits of Retinol 8 and NEAR 1.  


The Star of Skincare

Vitamin A is one of the most researched and proven ingredients in skincare. Retinol is perhaps the most well-known form of Vitamin A, also known as Retinoid. Vitamin A is an oil-soluble vitamin with small molecules that may have the possibility to make a visible difference on your skin. It is considered “the golden standard” and “the star ingredient of skincare.” Retinol is remarkable for its ability to help the skin look revitalized, renewed, and fresh.  

What is Retinol 8, and what sets it apart from traditional Retinol?   

Retinol 8 is a unique Vitamin A complex. It is an outstanding ingredient, eight times more effective than standard Retinol yet half as irritative. Think of Retinol 8 as your gym instructor who conditions tired skin and helps it get into great shape. The result is noticeably reduced signs of aging of the skin.

The Retinol 8 complex is powerful yet mild, making it compatible with other ingredients. Hence, easy and safe to combine with other skin care products, although we recommend avoiding mixing too many different functional products at once. Focus on finding a Retinol 8 product that suits your skin and supplement that with other hydrating products and sun protectants.

"Retinol 8 is a Vitamin A derivative that turbocharges the benefits of traditional Retinol without causing discomfort."

How it works

Retinol 8 helps to slough off old skin cells faster from the upper layer of the skin, the epidermis. This will improve the look of younger and more plumped skin while reducing dryness and fine lines. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from the environmental stressors that can irritate the skin and cause premature aging. 

Other benefits of using Retinol 8 include its ability to help keep the skin pores unclogged from oils and old skin cells. It may improve the appearance of oily and blemish-prone skin and leave the skin fresh and healthy-looking. 

Extra Beneficial with Retinol 8

  • Visibly Rejuvenating 
  • Strengthening
  • Balancing 
  • Visibly Firming 
  • Unclog pores

Verso products with Retinol 8

You will find Retinol 8 in many of our products. The concentration differs depending on the product type and its target. The following Verso products contain Retinol 8; Reviving Eye Mask, Daily Glow, Clarifying Gel, Day Cream, Night Cream, Super Facial Oil, Super Facial Serum, and Dark Spot Fix. 

Feature Products

Verso Super Facial Serum

This rich, creamy serum contains a higher dose of Retinol 8, effectively promoting the appearance of fresh, youthful skin while visibly improving the skin's texture. Super Facial Serum visibly strengthens and restores the skin and, with its highly result-driven formula, helps tighten and firm your look. It leaves the skin with a more even skin tone and increased luminosity.

Verso Super Facial Oil

This facial oil is a suitable introductory product for someone new to Retinol 8. Formulated and developed to suit sensitive skin, this nourishing facial oil visibly firms and tightens the skin, increasing the look of a natural and healthy-looking glow.  Quickly absorbed by the skin, Verso Super Facial Oil contains oils from Sunflower and Canola flowers to promote a moisturized and soft appearance.

Verso Dark Spot Fix

Verso Dark Spot Fix is a fading and brightening spot corrector with the highest concentration of the Vitamin A complex, Retinol 8, found in Verso´s products. The unique combination of Niacinamide, Turmeric, and the highest concentration of Retinol 8 of all Verso products, effectively promotes the appearance of even skin tone and texture with a fresh-looking radiance. Further, the functional ingredients found in this formula even out the skin´s natural tone and leave it revitalized with a bright, radiant glow. The product is safe to use during the daytime. 


A Groundbreaking Molecule

NEAR 1 (Niacinamidoethyl Retinoate), our very own patented molecule, is so much more than just an ingredient. It harnesses the essence of our philosophy – a science-first mindset – and our core ambition to offer skincare with real impact.

The first of its kind, NEAR 1 combines Vitamin A and Niacinamide in one impactful, versatile technology. Thus, a groundbreaking and natural complement to Retinol 8. 

“NEAR 1 is the new generation of Vitamin A.”

The result of eight years of research and development  

We started the project of developing NEAR 1 because we wanted further to improve the efficacy and usage of Vitamin A. Our ambition during research and development was to create an effective and stable Vitamin A technology that would cause little to no irritation. After combining two hero ingredients, Vitamin A and Niacinamide, together with a unique link, a new Vitamin A derivative (an ester of Vitamin A) was produced. The technology uses Niacinamide to help further stabilize and enhance the benefits of Vitamin A. This results in Vitamin A being more stable, effective, and gentle - the first of its kind.  

With NEAR 1, we are introducing something innovative, on par with the Vitamin A complex Retinol 8. For us, it is a triumph for science-based skincare. 

NEAR 1 provides Vitamin A´s visibly rejuvenating and brightening benefits and its ability to effectively slough off old skin cells faster from the outermost layer of the skin. This can improve the look of a fresh, even skin tone with a healthy radiance. Studies show and confirm that NEAR 1 has outstanding brightening properties and is highly efficient at creating a glowing complexion. In short, NEAR 1 brings out the best of Vitamin A in a powerful, versatile technology.

Extra Beneficial with NEAR 1 

  • Brightening
  • Adding Radiance
  • Increasing Glow
  • Combats Dryness
  • Visibly Calming
  • Hypoallergenic

Feature Product

Verso Super Elixir is the first product ever introduced with NEAR 1. 

It is a brightening, moisturizing, and nourishing facial serum formulated and developed to target the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

The formula contains NEAR 1, the new and unique Verso molecule which combines Vitamin A and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) in one impactful, versatile technology.

Additionally, this facial serum contains a few highly concentrated and functional ingredients to improve the appearance of even skin tone and to make the skin more resistant to the visible effects of environmental stressors. 

A study shows that Verso Super Elixir is hypoallergenic and can be used on sensitive skin. However, it is important to know that it is individual how the skin reacts to new active ingredients.

Verso Super Elixir contains licorice root to boost soothing and enhance brightening results. 

One of the emollients used in this formula is Squalane, an oil-soluble found in the skin's natural oil called sebum. 

Its properties make it easily absorbed and suitable for all skin types. Squalane has long-lasting moisturizing benefits and can help to take care of your skin with its natural defenses. It is an excellent carrier for the functional ingredients in the formulation. This enables the ingredients to be delivered where they are needed the most and can thus perform their best. 

"Verso Skincare´s hero ingredients are the foundation of our science-based skincare philosophy." - Lars Fredriksson

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