Skin Care For the Female Athlete: FRÉ Skincare Review
As a woman, beauty products are thrown our way from every direction. Conceal this, highlight that, tweeze here, mask there. We learn what works for us over time either by taking into account a friend or experts recommendation and then experimenting while keeping a watchful eye on skin sensitivities, all while paying attention to the price tag. But did you know, the female athlete has increased risks of skin damage? Workouts, particularly, outdoor workouts can progress facial skin damage and premature aging through a combination of intense exercise, sweat, sun and other environmental factors. High-intensity exercises produce a lot of sweat which can result in several effects to our skin including loss of key minerals and vitamins, breakouts due to clogged pores, irritation, dryness and loss of skin elasticity from evaporated sweat. And scarily, the American Academy of Dermatology states that athletes have an increased risk of skin cancer because of over-exposure to the sun and the higher amount of sweat produced increases skin photosensitivity to ultra-violet rays.
FRÉ skincare has recently come to the market with their 123FRÉ Skincare Resilience set and their mission is to help women, who exercise, by providing products to specifically address the facial care needs for women who sweat. Their goal is to reduce the effects of sweat on the skin by delivering high-performance, specially formulated products for women who work out. They claim to combat environmental damages and pollution, reduce premature aging while protecting from the sun’s harmful rays by promoting a stronger natural skin barrier.
So what makes FRÉ Skincare different from all the rest? The formula difference compared to their competitors comes from using organic elements from the Argania Spinosa tree, aka Argan, found in the deserts of Morocco. Used by the indigenous people over the past several hundred years, Argan oil can be used as a homeopathic tool for several diseases because of its high proportion of antioxidants and fatty acids. FRÉ has taken Argan oil, water-leaf extract and Argan stem cells, together called the Argania Active Complex, to provide natural ingredients that ultimately protect your skin. Take a look for yourself at some of the key ingredients that make up Argan and it’s benefits for you:
- Carotenoids protect against free radical reactivity
- Polyphenols fight disease-causing microorganisms
- Vitamin E helps keep skin hydrated
- Ferulic Acid protects against UV radiation
- Squalene cells assist in fighting infections
- Flavonoids provide a sunscreen effect
The previously mentioned key components combined with Argan stem cells, which are powerful players in skin rejuvenation by fighting premature aging, and finally, fatty acids and sterols all work together, when used daily, to regulate and maintain healthy skin. The even greater news is that all ingredients are vegan and 100% animal cruelty-free. The amazing capabilities of a natural, organic plant sounds like a match made in heaven for women who love to stay active and want to also have healthy skin.
FRÉ is most famously known for their 123FRÉ Skincare Resilience set which is a 3-step routine consisting of three products. When used daily, the 123FRÉ Skincare Resilience set helps provide the skin of women, who exercise and sweat, an easy way to establish a clear and healthy complexion by warding off damage that can lead to breakouts, dehydration, and signs of aging. So, we put it through the test over a 3-month trial.
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There are only three steps to achieve results:
Step 1: Protect Me is a moisturizer developed with SPF 30 that you apply pre-workout in which its formula contains potent antioxidants to work against all the bad sun ultra-violet rays and solar infrared radiation. The moisturizer nicely applies and leaves skin feeling hydrated but does not run greasy once you begin to sweat. You’ll forget this protective layer is even there so you can focus your attention on the task at hand: your workout.
Step 2: Purify Me is an exfoliating facial cleanser. It is used post-workout to help clean the skin from the harsh environmental elements and post-sweat residue you just put it through. This cleanses will make your face feel light and fresh.
Step 3: Revive Me is a serum with its Argania Active Complex which is geared to prevent wrinkles, help repair already damaged skin and strengthen the skin barrier. It’s silky smooth, light-weight and absorbs immediately leaving no film or residue.
And most recently, their latest release is a purifying detox mask called Detox Me. This 2-5 minute long mask can be used 1-3 times a week following a workout to remove excess oil, unclog pores and purify the skin by lightly peeling away dead cells. This easy mask makes you feel like you gain a new face each week.
And get this, all products have been dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic or clogging, and SPF water resistant. So you can feel safe and protected using the 123FRÉ Skincare Resilience set.
Overall impressions after 90 days use a noticeable reduction in breakouts, slight fading of age spots and fine lines and an enhanced glowing appearance.
- Pricey – the set is $115. However, the 3 products last for up to 3 months breaking it down to just under $39 per bottle. And if you follow social media, you are bound to find endless deals that can range from 15-25%, like using this code: WANDER.
- Most international friends are out of luck. FRÉ only ships to limited countries: Brazil, Canada, Israel, UK, and the US.
- Dermatologist & Ophthalmologist tested
- SPF against UVA, UVB, and IRA
- Water Resistant up to 80 minutes
- Doesn’t sting eyes
- Doesn’t clog pores
- Fast absorption & light-weight formula
- Vegan & 100% animal cruelty-free
- Has a 30-day money back guarantee
Lastly, this is a company that gives back and for every skin care set sold, an Argan tree is planted to replenish and support the indigenous population of Morocco. So not only are you able to benefit from healthy skin, your purchase helps the environment. A win-win for everyone!