Meet the Maker: Indie Lee

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Indie Lee, the founder of Indie Lee & Co. a clean and eco luxe line of skincare, formulated with efficacious ingredients that combine science + plant botanicals enhancing the health of your body or skin. We sat down and talked about clean beauty, wellness and her launch in Sephora Australia.

Indie’s story is unique and a heart warming. She started the line over ten years ago when she was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour that doctors felt could be environmentally derived and attributed to something as simple as what she was putting on her skin. After learning that up to 60% of what we apply to our skin, including toxic ingredients in conventional skincare, may be absorbed in as little as 26 seconds, Indie had her awakening. After surviving a successful surgery on Earth Day 2009, she embarked upon a wellness journey to create a clean beauty collection dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to be mindful about what they put on their skin as well as into their body.

“When I was given a finite amount of time to live, the world became technicolor – I now appreciate every moment and I feel very fortunate to be creating a platform that will allow others to do the same. Education and empowerment are my driving forces and this line is the medium enabling me to pay my knowledge forward.” – Indie

The clean and luxurious collection of skin and beauty products will be launching in Sephora, Australian on March 20th, 2019. Indie is a kind, genuine and positive person who started her line purely out of her passion to live and literally to beat the odds of a life threatening disease. It was fascinating and inspiring to meet Indie and to learn more about her story and products. Enjoy the interview below.

How does a typical day start for you?

Every morning starts the same for me. I begin the day by mediating and taking that time for myself to get centred, I then pick up my phone to text my business partner and best friend GMS, which stands for ‘Good Morning Sunshine’. I then go look after my daughters, puppies and make myself a smoothie.

What is your morning beauty routine like?

My morning beauty routine is quite simple, as I don’t always cleanse in the morning. I do my thorough cleanse in the evening, but if I wake up and feel like my skin needs a good cleanse then I use the Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash. I typically start my morning routine with the COQ-10 Toner (this is my a.m. cleanser), it really helps to fight free radical damage and is a preventive to environmental pollution and living in an urban setting. I then follow this by using the Stem Cell Serum, because I’m 47! I follow this with the Daily Vitamin Infusion, (which has plant ceramides in it) followed by the Daily Skin Nutrition and the I-Waken Eye Cream and I’m good to GO!

What was the first skincare product you developed?

The first product I developed is not in the line anymore, but it was a moisturising oil. It had jojoba, apricot kernel, lavender and chamomile oils, a really lovely and gentle all over body oil. The other product developed first was the Coconut Citrus Scrub, it exfoliates whilst hydrating the skin so after you’ve used it you don’t need to follow with a body lotion or moisturiser. I developed this body scrub as I suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis and one of the side effects from the therapy was very dry skin – this scrub helped keep my skin super soft and hydrated!

What are your hero products from your line?

I would have to say the hero products from the line are the COQ-10 Toner, The Awaken Eye Serum, the Purifying Face Wash (this is very popular for oilier skin types) and the Radiance Renewal Pads.

What’s on your bedside stand?

It’s my phone, a noise cancelling machine (so I can really go to sleep), books as I am forever reading. I love reading and the current book I’m reading is: While You Sleep, it’s  about Auto Immune Diseases and I just finished reading Crazy Rich Girlfriends, it’s a great light hearted book that’s absolutely hilarious.

What are your tips to keeping skin healthy?

I believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. It’s wonderful if you’re going to use clean skincare but you have to match that with healthy eating. Don’t over-cleanse – work with your skin type and use a cleanser that won’t strip your skins natural oils. I don’t think we are getting enough hydration and we need to think about what we are drinking to make sure we are staying hydrated. My most important tip is BE KIND to yourself – we are living in a Instagram-selfie generated world and we are really hard on ourselves! We need to start loving ourselves more and believing in ourselves! Have more confidence in yourself, self confidence is one of the best beauty tips I could ever give someone – LOVE yourself!

Summer Skin Hydration

 

With the transition of spring to summer it’s a great time to incorporate hydrating products that aren’t too heavy or rich on your skin. It’s the perfect season to change up your daily skincare and start adding new products into your regimen that are going to provide hydration for the warmer months ahead.

With the constant heat and humidity of the warmer months the skin on our face and neck tends to be neglected and often dehydrated. Our skin still needs hydration during this season and we can definitely swap the heavier creams to more lightweight gels and skin balancing moisturisers.

I have incorporated two new products for my summer skin hydration. The Goldfaden MD – Detox Hydrating Gel and the Kat Burki – Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream. Both products are phenomenal in their own way and each serves its role in providing skin with moisture, hydration as well as an abundance of antioxidants and vitamins.

If you’re skin tends to get oily or congested in summer you definelty need to try the Goldfaden MD – Detox Hydrating Gel. I’m obsessed with this product, it’s light, fresh and as the name suggests provides skin with detoxing effects. Making it a great product for problematic skin, dullness as well as brightening the complexion. The gel is formulated with a detoxing herbal blend of  White Horehound, Acai Palm Extract, Date Palm, Gotu Kola, Mallow Extract and Salicylic Acid that help to gently exfoliate, soothe, heal and repair your skin as well as preventing (future) breakouts. When using this lightweight gel your skin will feel balanced and hydrated without any heaviness or oil residue (perfect for summer). I also noticed after a few days that most of my congestion had started to clear up. It also works well under makeup and sunscreen and a little goes a long way. It’s a great product that can be can be used all over the face or as serum/treatment on the more problematic areas of your skin. Say goodbye to excess oil, congestion and breakouts – a fantastic hydrating gel that helps  helps to revive and rejuvenate the skin.

The Kat Burki – Vitamin C Intensive Face Cream is another product I’m absolutely obsessed with. This moisturiser is quite special and is such an amazing product! It’s brimming with pure plant botanical goodness – a great lightweight moisturiser that does so much more than simply hydrate the skin. One of the main ingredients is Arnica a skin calmer, soother and has the ability to reduce swelling, bruising and inflammation (perfect for the summer swelling). Alongside Arnica this cream contains Vitamin C, (15% of the formula and activated until your skin absorbs it) MSM, Reishi, Dandelion, Colloidal Silver, Calendula, Green Tea as well as other skin boosting ingredients that help regenerate, hydrate, provide antioxidants, vitamins, tone and firm your skin.  Think of this face cream as cocktail of essential herbs and vitamins that gently moisturises your skin without clogging pores or leaving a heavy feel or reside behind – the perfect lightweight formula for summer. I love how the cream makes my skin look and feel, the results speak for themselves. Kat Burki’s formulations are truly magnificent and I’m in awe of how these nutrient dense botanicals help to transform your skin. I personally love this as a day cream for summer and night cream for the cooler months.

Both products work well on all skin types and are available from Mecca Cosmetica.

 

 

SYNERGIE SKINCARE

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About a year ago an aesthetician explained the importance of incorporating a Vitamin A+B serum into my skincare routine to help strengthen my skin, treat acne and scars. She recommended three different serums from Synergie Skin.

Fast forward to 8 months later and I am absolutely hooked on these products.
Synergie Skin is an Australian cosmeceutical company that has a focus on clean science, creating ethical products that deliver results.

The three different serums I have tried and continue using today are: ‘The Ultimate A’ serum, the ‘Vitamin B‘ serum and the ‘Reveal’ serum. These products are designed to heal, treat, regulate and strengthen all skin types and are especially beneficial for oily/congested skins as well. Most products that are on the market for acne or oily skin may treat the skin or blemishes quite quickly but can also damage the skin in the long run and may have other side effects.

The Reveal serum is one of my HOLY GRAIL products when it comes to treating congestion and acne. It is an amazing multitasking serum. It is an exfoliant, it is gentle, it removes dead skin cells and also provides antioxidants to the skin. The combination of AHAs and BHAs (acids) not only treat congestion but they help with pigmentation and sun damaged skin.

The Ultimate A and Vitamin B serums are part of my evening skin routine. I rotate between these two products and sometimes pair them together depending on what my skin needs. The Ultimate A serum is one of the most effective, yet gentle Vitamin A serums I have ever used. Most products on the market that contain Vitamin A are quite harsh on the skin. This product however is a good skin regulator and great to use when skin is playing up. It is a staple for your skin regimen.

The Vitamin B serum is another essential product to me, that helps with strengthening and treating the skin. It pairs well with Ultimate A serum and is beneficial for all skin types. My results with this serum have been fantastic, it has helped with hydration (“Hello, plump skin!”) and providing my skin with a glow. My complexion looks luminous and a lot more balanced.

Personally I have tried many different cosmeceuticals – and I must say that Synergie Skin have by far the cleanest ingredients, that are effective and do not irritate the skin. I am a big fan of these products and highly recommend them.

 

 

 

OCINIUM SKINCARE

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Ocinium has been on my radar for a while, as they are a luxurious beauty brand with a range of very interesting products backed by clinical science.

This Australian beauty brand focuses on the skin-enhancing powers of natural ingredients and combines this with cosmeceutical actives to deliver a range of skincare that is formulated without sulfates, silicones, parabens and is cruelty free.

I have tried the Ocinium Age-Defiance Discovery Pack. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the products, test them and see how they perform for your skin. This little set of three mini Ocinium products, features the Ecdysis Cleanser, Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum and Metamorphis Crème. This trio is designed to boost collagen, promote DNA repair, reduce the early signs of fine lines and wrinkles and deliver age-defying benefits to address modern skin concerns.

The Ocinium Ecdysis Cleanser is a cream based cleanser that has worked wonderfully on my (oily/combo) skin. It not only effectively cleanses, it also gently exfoliates the skin as well. Formulated with probiotic fruit ferments, alpha-hydroxy acids and enzymes, the cleanser promotes cellular turnover, brightness the complexion and leaves skin feeling balanced. A great and impressive cleanser that can easily be incorporated into your a.m. and p.m. routine.

The Immortelle Vitamin B3 Serum is undeniably my favourite product from the trio. Upon first use, this serum did wonders for my skin (Hello glowing skin). The B Vitamins and Hyaluronic Acid in the serum aid in repairing the upper most layer of the skin, providing hydration and moisture as well as treating an array of skin concerns. Think of this product a your one step solution to treating  your skin’s issues. It is brimming with vitamins, plant based botanicals and antioxidants that assist the skin to look brighter and calmer. If you are after a serum that gives your skin that healthy glow, you definitely need to try this serum.

The Metamorphis Multi-Vitamin Crème is the last step in the trio and provides the skin with immediate hydration. The innovative formula of plant nutrients, antioxidants and actives protect the skin, stimulate collagen and promote cell renewal. This nourishing face cream maintains the moisture in skin leaving it to feel supple and soft. An elegant and beneficial product that works well in the a.m. beauty routine.

If you are after a high-performing, organic, science-lead skincare, I can highly recommend Ocinium.

 

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CLAYTOX / DETOX FACE MASQUE

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There is nothing better than a detox face masque session in the luxury of your own home. We all have our skincare rituals – one of my favourite at-home spa day rituals is using a clay based masque to pamper, nourish and detox my skin. My favourite way to do this is with my Claytox Detox Face Masque.

Claytox is an Australian skincare company specialising in natural, organic, handmade and vegan face masques. All the masques are ethically sourced and always made without the use any additives and chemicals, making Claytox Masques truly natural and pure.

The masque is made out of Alumina Silicate (Sea Clay), which is packed full of natural occurring minerals like calcium, magnesium, bromide, potassium and sulphate. These minerals have unique properties allowing the skin to fight off free radicals, promote cell renewal, repair skin cells, balance moisture and soothe the skin.

It comes in a pack that includes a silicone bowl, spoon and bamboo brush for easy application. The clay masques must be mixed in the silicon bowl (provided) so it doesn’t interfere or react with the natural clay. Mixing the clay with metal can counteract the natural properties of the masque. You can also mix the clay with your favourite face mists, yoghurt and honey for extra nourishment.

 

 

 

 

During the week I make sure I set some time aside to do my face masque ritual. Having oily, congested and skin prone to breakouts, masking is a very important step that helps purify and heal my skin. Alumni Silicate being such a gentle and nutrient dense ingredient allows my skin to receive a deep yet gentle cleanse without stripping or drying it off.

I felt in love with this product straight away. After my first use the results were amazing. My skin looked refreshed and more vibrant, giving it a beautiful glow. In addition, it can also be used on your body as a gentle exfoliant, whilst helping the reduction of cellulite. It works as a great spot or t-zone treatment to target those stubborn blackheads or pimples. Immediately after the first use I noticed that my pores were more refined as it cleans all the debris and oil from them.

I highly recommend the Claytox Detox Face Masque, not only for its results but also for the relaxing spa ritual in the comfort of your own home.