We’re often told that no skin regimen is complete without a toner, cleanser and moisturiser, but it can be difficult to choose the best products for your skin. After all, how different can various cleansers really be?! But don’t worry – here at BBTGs we’re all about cleansing away the confusion so you can make an informed decision! Cleaners are to be used before toning and moisturising to remove the daily build-up of dirt, oil and makeup from the skin. Today we’re sticking the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser under our beauty spotlight.

The Claim
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser contains a blend of natural ingredients which claim to make it “ideal” for cleansing, hydrating, tightening and firming the skin. It promises to leave skin “soft, refreshed and luminous”. Let’s take a closer look and see if it really works!

Lycopene – the stuff in tomato skin is good for my skin?
It seems so! Lycopene is a natural pigment found in red-coloured fruits like tomato. It’s a strong antioxidant – studies have found it’s 10x more efficient than beta-carotene (another antioxidant found in many cosmetics) at dealing with troublesome excited oxygen molecules that react with components of the skin cells to cause damage which can manifest as ageing.

Lycopene helps prevent damage by stopping enzymes activated by UVB rays in sunlight from working, helping to avoid inflamed skin. Scientists have found that the more lycopene in the skin, the smoother it is, suggesting that lycopene may be able to reduce formation of wrinkles and skin ageing. This is good news, but it’s worth bearing in mind that nearly all the products we see have antioxidants in them, so this isn’t really a ground breaking property for this cleanser.

Next up: Hydrolysed Wheat Protein
Hydrolysed wheat protein is simply wheat protein that has undergone a chemical reaction with water to modify it. It’s becoming commonly used in cosmetics, but we’re faced without disappointment when it comes to interesting research for topical application. For The Geeks, this ingredient simply isn’t very exciting at all.

Oils galore …
The cleanser contains strawberry oil, which is rich in linoleic and oleic fatty acids, as well as antioxidants. The fatty acids make the oil a good moisturiser, as they help replenish the natural oils in the skin’s outermost layer (the stratum corneum). The strawberry oil also gives the product its subtle yummy scent!

Sunflower seed and coconut oils both also make an appearance in the cleanser. Sunflower seed oil helps speed up the time taken for the skin barrier to repair itself. This helps prevent water escaping the skin to the surroundings, keeping the skin hydrated, and hinders other substances like bugs and irritants getting into the skin. It also offers protection from harmful UV rays. Coconut oil is an emollient, which means it forms a layer of the skin to reduce the amount of water lost from diffusing out to the surrounding air. Coconut oil also strengthens the skin barrier function and has anti-inflammatory properties.

The Verdict
Cleansers can sometimes be harsh on the skin, designed to break down substances to clear them. This one seems to contain many nourishing ingredients that are kind to the skin, and will leave it more hydrated and protected. Basic hydration bonuses aside, we haven’t found much to set this cleanser apart from the many others flooding the beauty scene. Yes it smells great, but The Geeks look for a little more than your run-of-the-mill cleansing properties in our products! Without much exciting to see down the microscope, we’re left feeling like we probably won’t invest.

You can find Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser HERE

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