Truth In Aging has been an invaluable resource to me, so when I got the chance to review Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream ($70) for the website, I took it very seriously.
Let me start by giving some information about myself. I take very good care of my skin, but I don’t have an unlimited budget, so results and value are a must. I’m almost 57 and live in beautiful but dry Colorado. My skin is sensitive and can be prone to breakouts. I have a few wrinkles and some sunspots. I think beautiful, healthy skin is more important than the latest style trends or an expensive bag or shoes. I feel like if your skin doesn’t look good, why bother with all the other stuff? That’s just me.
Indie Lee claims that this facial cream will soothe, nurture, moisturize and improve cellular function. The story of how Indie Lee began is inspiring. The founder became ill with a life-threatening brain tumor. She believed that environmental toxins were to blame and set out to make products that were effective, luxurious and safe. The first three ingredients in the deck are simmondsia chinensis (jojoba), persea gratissima (avocado oil) and emulsifying wax. The company also adds xanthun gum as a thickener. People who have issues with wheat, corn or soy may be sensitive to this ingredient. It is fairly far down in the deck, however.
The product is packaged nicely in a simple one-ounce jar, and the cream itself it has a beautiful, rich consistency with virtually no fragrance that I could detect. I put two small dots on each area of my face and neck and massaged in upward motions as per the package directions. It sinks in immediately and leaves a soft, matte finish — not at all dewy, which I prefer. After using the product for a full month, I will say that my skin seemed a bit brighter and firmer. It looked healthier. However, my age spots did not lighten up at all, and unfortunately, this product did not offer enough moisture for my 57-year-old skin in the dry Colorado climate. I had to add another product on top to keep my skin from feeling tight.
I think it would be a beautiful product for someone with oily skin, younger skin or a less arid environment. I enjoyed the opportunity to try Indie Lee Squalane Facial Cream but didn’t see enough of a change in my skin to warrant a future purchase.