When doctors diagnosed Indie Lee, a happy-go-lucky New Yorker, with a rare brain tumor and only six months to live, Indie Lee did the unheard of: She turned her life sentence into a life calling. Upon discovering her tumor was likely the result of environmental factors, Indie found a new lease on life and decided to devote herself to crafting the Indie Lee Collection— an eco-friendly collection of all-natural skincare products that are sophisticated, stylish, safe and make a difference.
Squalene is a lipid found naturally in skin as part of our sebum (which is responsible for keeping our skin and hair healthy). At birth, 12% of our skin’s sebum is made up of squalene. By the time we’re in our mid-to-late 20s, the body’s squalene factory slows down. Fortunately, its botanical version — squalane — which can be derived from olives, can be applied topically to feed important processes in the skin, like helping cell turnover continue at a healthy rate, diminishing age spots and hyperpigmentation, guarding skin from premature aging, and stimulating blood flow for a rejuvenated and balanced complexion.
Squalane also has amazing moisturizing properties and can be applied on its own or in a moisturizer containing the effective ingredient. I strongly recommend you know where the squalane you’re using is sourced from, since it can be derived from plants (as my 100% olive-derived Squalane Facial oil is) or animals — such as shark liver. It’s just as easy to get radiant skin with high-quality, plant-based products as it is with those that are tested on animals.
Right now, apple-cider vinegar is like the newest celebrity of the skin-care community. It’s a star with major staying power. I’ve been committed to incorporating it into my skin-care regimen for several reasons: It’s an amazing natural ingredient made by fermenting pressed apple juice, it contains alpha-hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells and reveal a more even skin tone, and you can buy it at the grocery store for less than $10.
I recommend using organic ACV with the “mother” in it (that’s the murky sediment at the bottom of the bottle where the good nutrients come from). To create a wonderful natural toner, simply mix one part ACV with two parts distilled water, shake before using, and apply with a cotton pad. It balances the acid mantle, removes dead skin cells, helps fade brown spots, and smoothes skin. I use it once a day, in the morning. It is a bit smelly, but the benefits far outweigh its scent!
This wonder oil has both astringent properties and a high vitamin A (retinol) concentration. It is great at treating and healing acne, assisting in all-over skin-spot fading, and reducing the appearance of acne scars due to its high level of linoleic acid. Use it generously to combat stretch marks and burns on your hands and forearms, as well as scars from cuts and bug bites. It can even help heal brittle nails and ragged cuticles.
Found in many natural cleansers, moisturizers, body washes, and body oils, rosehip oil may be listed on labels as rosa rubiginosa seed oil. Don’t get it confused with rose-flower oil, which has different benefits and may cause allergic reactions. And, if you need another reason to try it, it’s also a fan favorite of many supermodels.
Lemon juice is packed full of vitamin C and citric acid, the ultimate duo when it comes to lightening and brightening. Squeeze a few drops of it directly onto dark marks as a daily spot treatment. If you want to lighten your elbows, cut a lemon in half and use your elbow as a juicer! Spray tan gone bad? Slice a few lemons and add them to your bath to help get rid of that orangey glow.