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!

Bondi Chic – Clean Beauty Skincare

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A few months ago Bondi Chic launched their new line of clean, biocompatible and natural skincare. This innovative Australian brand has created a range of beauty products that are based on science, natural ingredients, technology and delivering results without comprising your health. Bondi Chic harnesses the goodness of local Australian spring water, native botanicals and plant extracts that have many beneficial vitamins and nutrients that help to strengthen, nourish and repair the skin.

I love a new skincare launch and was super excited to try the products. I’ve had the chance to test and use the products for a sufficient period of time and have fallen in love with the Zinc Ionised Blue Mountains Natural Spring Water Toner as well as the Four Seasons Envi Hydrating Moisturiser-Night. Both these products are formulated with natural Spring water from the Blue Mountains in Sydney – the water has an abundance of vital minerals that are highly beneficial for healthy and soothed looking skin.

The Bondi Chic Zinc Ionised Toner – is an absolute skin beauty regimen must have! It’s a multitasking product that does so much for your complexion as well as the health of your skin. This mineral rich toner is not your average “toner” it’s a moisturising mist and toner in one; that helps to provide hydration without disrupting the natural pH of your skin. The Zinc, Aloe Leaf, Sugar free Lemon Enzyme and Witch hazel have profound benefits and effects on the skin. This careful formulation of antioxidants, astringents and minerals help to promote the healing and rejuvenation of skin as well as providing protection from environmental and urban city damage. I love spraying this on my face and neck as my am routine it’s the perfect step to help renew and protect my skin whilst also providing a brightening effect.

If you love gel (creams) or sleeping masks you are definitely going to love the Four Seasons Envi Hydrating Moisturiser – this is the perfect product for your pm skin routine. This Hydrating Moisturiser has really impressed me – because it’s quite difficult to find hydrating gel products that are formulated with clean, botanical ingredients that work for my (oily/combo) skin type. It doesn’t clog my pores or leave an excess of product behind – it’s actually well suited for all skin types especially those prone to congestion and breakouts. The Envi Hydrating Moisturiser has the perfect lightweight gel consistency that glides onto your skin like a dream, providing an instant tightening and hydrating effect. Your skin instantly looks brighter and even more luminous upon rising the next day. I love how the product works its magic whilst you sleep and with continued use you can really start to see the remarkable results for yourself. Formulated with potent botanicals, native extracts and vitamins like: Vitamin C, Noni, Trehalose, Manuka Honey, Finger Lime as well as Spring water from the Blue Mountains. These healing and natural ingredients assist the skin whilst delivering minerals and antioxidants; that are imperative to the regeneration of skin.

If you’re after products that deliver results and are conscious of the ingredients that they are formulated with – I highly recommend trying Bondi Chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.