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Beauty Review: Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Sheer Transformation

What it is: a day and night moisturizer infused with Vitamin C, fruit acids, and Sandalwood, Geranium, Licorice and Chamomile Extracts.

The claim: So sheer in texture, this luxurious oil-free cream feels light and silky as it penetrates the skin and helps fade discolorations such as freckles, age spots and sun damage without the use of chemicals. Instantly nourishes and retexturizes the skin, smoothes facial lines and provides intense free radical protection to prevent further damage. – Ole Henriksen

Price: $38 (1.7 oz), $65 (3 oz)


Sheer Transformation may just be the holy grail of moisturizers.

The moisturizer is as light as Ole Henriksen boasts, and the (mostly) all natural ingredients are gentle on the skin. I found that it leaves a light sheen on the skin for a short time after application, but this doesn’t accompany a tight or oily feeling, nor does it prompt the skin to produce sebum (which is great for folks with combination and oily skin).

In addition to the product’s moisturizing power, Sheer Transformation also moonlights as an effective exfoliant. Fruit acids within the formula help strip away dead skin and promote cell turn over, and shockingly well. I routinely find little patches of dead skin all over my face after using this product, so I exclusively use it only at night before bed or on a day where I plan on wearing zero makeup. As one could probably imagine, skin peeling + makeup = not a good time.

But moisturizing and exfoliation is not all Sheer Transformation is capable of.

This moisturizer is formulated with Vitamin C and licorice root, which are known hyper-pigmentation combatants. Those who have been personally victimized by acne (like myself) may find that this product drastically reduces the appearance of acne scars and other post-acne damage –  but don’t expect it to happen overnight.

My cheeks were heavily damaged from hyper-pigmentation thanks to some nasty acne breakouts, but after about two months of continued use, I found that this product did indeed lighten and tone down the appearance of my scars when used nightly in conjunction with Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Treatment. Sheer Transformation is by no means a miracle product for treating hyper-pigmentation, but compared to the cost of professional laser treatments (which can result in some nasty side effects if not done properly, such as discoloration and skin lesions), this product is a money saver.

Even so, the cost of this product may be a little intimidating for the average consumer.

A small 1.7 oz container costs a whopping $38 (on average) and lasts approximately only 2 months. A year’s worth of moisture, exfoliation, and blemish lightening will therefore will set consumers back $228 (again, on average).

But if you’re looking to see serious results, then this product is most definitely worth the investment.

Have you tried Sheer Transformation? Let us know your own thoughts in the comments!


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