I've discovered a natural skincare brand called Indie Lee a couple of years ago around the time when I've moved to the States. I tend to be extra careful when I try natural products as they often contain certain ingredients that my skin doesn't get along with. And to be honest, it isn't very easy to find a product that actually works exactly like how they claim on the packaging. Nevertheless, I've tried and kept repurchasing her products, so I thought it's about the time for me to review Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser as a kickstart :).
Scent & Consistency
There's a natural refreshing soothing hue in the cleanser, but I don't smell anything essential oil which I tend to get a little sensitive from. The natural scent by itself always reminds me of happy memories from Spring and Summer, which has been indirectly enhancing my skincare by keeping me in a happy mood. Yes, perhaps I should call it a happy cleanser :3.
The texture of Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is also in a refreshing gel form that doesn't feel too heavy. It feels kind of bouncy and foams lightly once it's in contact with water. I personally like to take the cleanser off with my wash cloth after lightly foaming with my finger tips. As the foam goes away pretty quick, it actually forces you to finish your cleansing routine within a couple of minutes, which I personally see as a positive effect. The more time you spend time washing face, the more sensitive and drier your skin will get. After rinsing off with cool water, my skin feels smooth to touch and comfortable as the cleanser doesn't strip my skin.
Purified Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside (Veg. Oils & Sugar), Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate, Coco Glucoside (Coconut and Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Oleate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein*, Xanthan Gum, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Lycopene (Tomato), 1,3 propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate
*Note: contains gluten.
Although it doesn't say on the packaging, I've seen a healthy improvement in my skin since I've been using Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. As it's very kind and gentle to my skin barrier, I notice that my skin feels a lot more balanced and less sensitive on the nights when I use the cleanser even after being in the Sun. My man with eczema also tried the cleanser and it didn't give him any stinging or uncomfortable dryness afterwards in spite of my concern with being a brightening cleanser (lower PH level). Having said that, I didn't personally experience any brightening effect, but it seems to help with my natural skin renewal cycle as I haven't really exfoliated that often ever since I started using Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. I always do my best to be as gentle as possible with my skin not just because I try different products, but I always see well balanced skin is the path to youthful skin aging :).
Anyway, my man can't use actual exfoliants or peels on his skin due to his super sensitive skin condition, so he would leave the cleanser on his clean face for a few minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. The best part is though, it doesn't sting your eyes! :D Although Indie Lee suggests to use a wet cotton pad to use around the eyes, I've just been using it lightly around my eye area while washing my face. Having said that, you will still need to use a cleansing water/eye and lip make-up remover beforehand if you apply make-up/sunscreen multiple times a day as I've found that the cleanser has a limit to remove long-lasting/waterproof/mineral based products. If you are looking for a very gentle multi-tasking cleanser, you should take Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser into account. Even though it says it's designed for normal/combination/oily skin, I think that any skin type at any age in any climate can benefit from using the cleanser! Indie Lee also has its sister Rosehip Cleanser which is supposed to be even more gentle than the brightening one, so you should check it out if you are interested. Nevertheless, I see Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser as one of few best natural cleansers that has actually impressed me :).