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There seems to be a lot of hype around the Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum ($130). Is it well-founded or all fluff? After four weeks of testing, I can say that I have only seen the fluff. The 1 oz serum comes in a nice, frosted glass bottle with convenient closeable pump. I like being able to see how much I have left, and it's great that I can toss it in my travel bag with no spills. The serum itself is a clear, runny gel texture with no smell. Directions say to apply two to three drops morning and night, waiting five minutes before applying makeup or 15 before applying sunscreen. I find the five minutes to be reasonable, but to have to wait 15 minutes is just a hassle in my already tight morning schedule.
Ingredients in the Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum are seaweed extract, purified water, hyaluronic acid, malus domestica fruit cell culture, xanthan gum, lecithin, phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin. The seaweed extract, as noted in Marta’s review, is also known as chondrus crispus and provides UV light protection. Malus domestica fruit cell culture is the rare Swiss apple stem cells that reduce and prevent visible aging signs. Hyaluronic acid is included for moisture, as well. Indie Lee claims that phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin are both naturally derived and are better alternatives for stabilization than parabens. While this may be true, these naturally derived preservatives in high doses have proven to cause skin issues, and ethylhexylglycerin has even been found to cause contact dermatitis in small doses on people with sensitive skin. This serum only contains about 0.5% of each, indicating that the levels should cause minimal if any irritation.
After applying the Indie Lee Swiss Apple Facial Serum twice daily for a month, my fine lines and hyperpigmentation have not changed. While they haven’t gotten worse, some improvement would have been nice. The Swiss apple stem cells may be preventing further damage, but they are not offering any help to my current issues. I have mid-30s, combination skin and did not find this serum to be moisturizing enough on its own. However, I didn’t have additional breakouts or irritation nor did I feel it was too heavy/thick after applying a moisturizer on top. Do I think this serum hydrated my skin? Do I notice a plumper, more youthful appearance according to the claims? Absolutely not. My skin did get some additional moisture from this serum but not enough to make a huge difference thus warranting a switch in my usual skin care regimen. I feel I can get better results from other products that are much more cost-friendly and don’t require an extra 15 minutes of wait time added to my hectic 4 am mornings. This serum is an investment in time and money better spent on something that will give real results. I would only recommend this serum for someone with oily skin who doesn’t have many other skin issues (someone looking for more of a maintenance product rather than a treatment product).