Our Rating: 5 stars

Sheer Miracle AHA Exfoliating Moisturizer ($15 in the shop): sheer, lightweight and creamy! Sheer Miracle’s all-natural AHA Exfoliating Moisturizer is easily absorbed and feels great on my skin. It wears well under my liquid foundation and also complements and mixes effortlessly with my primer. The amber colored plastic squeeze-type flip cap dispensing bottle is light, easy to use, convenient and travel-friendly.

The crème uses alpha hydroxy and multi-fruit acids to hydrate skin and reduce dryness while it gently exfoliates to leave skin smoother, healthier and more radiant. Advertised that you will love it if: your complexion is dull and you want more radiance, you’ve spent too much time in the sun and have damage (guilty as charged; think reflective tanning mat and baby oil!), prefer a lightweight moisturizer that’s not greasy, and you want skin that becomes more flawless by the day.

I will especially enjoy using this moisturizer during the warmer months because it is lighter in consistency than the richer creams that I like to use in the cold & damp Midwest  winter season – which can seem too heavy and greasy, especially when competing with increased oil output and perspiration. For this frigid time of the year, it lacks the powerful humectant feel of a more heavy-hitting barrier protectant and repair formula.

In regards to exfoliation, I can’t say that I’ve noticed any significant changes in the texture of my skin as a result of the contained exfoliating agents and properties. My visible pores that tend to be on the larger size anyway, have not shown noticeable improvement and are not any less obvious. However, I have yet to find ANY skincare product  that has delivered in this regard to the extent that would exceed all of my expectations and make my skin appear  ultra-fabulously smooth and as perfect as possible. Too much sun damage, and genetically inherited oily/problem skin since puberty, makes my visage always a “work in progress”. My biggest beauty concern and challenge hands down.

Given my mature age (50+) and the nature of my skin, I feel that it is in my best interest to layer this product with a stronger heavy duty anti-aging elixir vs. using it alone over my serums.  In the warmer months—yes—I could get by with this as my stand-alone base moisturizer. It’s highly likely and within the realm of possibility that this gentle and supple formula with 5% AHA’s needs a little longer treatment time in order for it to do its magic on my combination oily, aging and blemish prone skin.

Even with using a manual exfoliating scrub two to three times a week, I think that my high-maintenance and unpredictably finicky skin needs more than the average sloughing to encourage and deliver constant cell turnover. All that aside, I really do like the way this product feels on my skin and will continue to use it.

I am most delighted to note that this product has not caused any breakouts or irritation, and has no fragrance, parabens, sulfates or harmful ingredients.  Oh, and the price point is spectacular!  $15 for 2 ounces, which is a tremendous bargain any day of the week.

The other products Sheer Miracle offers, to me, are also very much worth taking a look at and perhaps giving a try. Products such as their Exfoliating Daily Peel Pads, Miracle Repairing Oil (emu), Pure Hyaluronic Acid and Plump It Hydrating Serum and Mineral Makeup. All of their products offered are natural and priced at $25 or less!  Very attractive low investment pricing, to say the least.

I am going to save a “reserve” amount of this product to use in the spring and summer months, and I have a good feeling that I will not be disappointed with its performance. I am definitely putting stock in believing that this product is a long-term winner and that the results will be cumulative and positive. I just have to remember to always layer a sunscreen formula over this moisturizer before priming and applying my foundation or tinted moisturizer. What can I say…. this is a good, overall healthy and chemical-free moisturizer at an unbeatable price. Any age-reversing benefits obtained will be an exciting added bonus.

5% Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Butter, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Stearic Acid (Palm), Vegetable Glycerin, Fucus vesiculosis (Seaweed) Extract, Camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Salix nigra (Black Willowbark) Extract, Mannan, Azadirachta indica (Neem) Oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid