When it comes to skincare, I'm pretty low maintenance. After graduating from the apricot scrub that was obligatory in 1990s high school locker rooms, I used drugstore cleanser and moisturizer and hoped for the best. Once in a while, someone (always my mom) would gift me with nice skincare products, and as long as they lasted, I'd marvel over how smooth, clear, and soft my skin was.
Then when it ran out, I'd revert right back to my drugstore brand cheapo stuff.
A few months ago I treated myself to a facial, and the esthetician said to me, "You need to be better about sunscreen. You have crows feet and chest wrinkles and they're only going to get worse."
Setting aside how irritating that comment was—I'm not paying you to be a jerk, lady—it floored me for another reason. The thing was, I am really good about sunscreen. I put it on my face every day. My makeup has SPF in it, so most days I double up on facial SPF. Whenever I expect to be in the sun, I put it on my shoulders, neck, and chest, at a minimum, because my natural hue is translucent and I don't have an option to be lazy about sunscreen.
After her comments, I stepped up my game. Clearly, straight up sunscreen wasn’t cutting it; I needed a more powerful solution. Something that had SPF, sure, but also anti-aging properties. I started testing out better products, especially those that could withstand sweat, because, hello, fitness is my job and I live in oppressive humidity.
I won't bore you with the details of all the products I tried and discarded (too thick, too greasy, burned my eyes, etc, etc). What I DO want to share with you is the grand prize winner: a skincare set formulated specifically for women who sweat that also contains anti-aging ingredients (can I get a HELL YEAH?!).
I've been using FRÉ Skincare (cleanser, serum, and moisturizer) for a month now and my skin has improved immeasurably. The main benefits I notice are less redness and dryness - always the bane of my skin existence.
The PURIFY ME cleanser is a pretty blue color and includes jojoba beads, which provide hydration and restore natural pH levels. The whole line (cleanser, serum, and moisturizer) includes exclusively formulated Argania Active Complex©, which combines organic Argan oil, Argan leaves and Argan stem cells for anti-aging. Argan is powerful stuff that regenerates collagen and elasticity. Like the moisturizer, the FRÉ REVIVE ME Serum doesn’t just go on light; it goes deep, moisturizing my naturally dry skin to make it feel like butter.
But the real reason I started using it was for the perfect trifecta of anti-aging, SPF, and being able to stand up to serious sweat, and that's where these products, especially the PROTECT ME (a lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer, anti-aging treatment with SPF 30), really shine.
I put FRÉ to the ultimate test in Hawaii, where I spend pretty much all day in the water and/or sweating on a beach. My skin usually suffers on that kind of trip; all that sand, salt, chlorine, and sun are a recipe for dry, red, and rough skin. Also probably more wrinkles. WOMP.
For the seven days I spent on the beach, I used the whole line as my skin protection against the elements, and FRÉ PROTECT ME as my only facial SPF. Like I said, the ultimate test for someone who typically applies SPF 70 every half hour in order to keep up with all the sweat and swimming.
FRE Skincare is the only sunscreen that stands up to my sweaty, swim-filled life.
As proof of just how far I pushed the water- and sweat-resistant properties, here’s what an average day looked like:
- Swam every day in the pool, multiple times
- Swam in the ocean, at least once a day
- Did HIIT Yoga and #AthleteInside workouts outside
- Overall, spent most of my day in the sun
To be honest, I wasn’t sure how this grand experiment would go. Would I come home a waterlogged, sunburned mess, eyes burning from product dripping into them, pores clogged with sand and grit and too many layers of traditional sunscreen? Or would I sail through my vacation with beautiful skin?
I’m so pleased to report I’m coming home with glowing skin, and it’s not just because I spent a few days relaxing on the beach. Let’s be honest: if forced to choose between packing my bathing suit and the FRÉ Skincare line for Hawaii, I’d come home with zero tan lines and extra buttery soft skin.
If you’re looking for a skincare line that hydrates, protects, and prevents wrinkles, FRÉ Skincare should be on your list. For all of the women (and men!) who love to sweat, this line was designed with you in mind. For the next three days only, you can get 25% off your purchase with code SWEATPINK at checkout (expires Friday, June 30 at midnight PT). Don’t wait; FRÉ almost never goes on sale!
And if you needed some more convincing to pull the trigger, never fear, there’s a #girlpower aspect too. FRÉ isn’t just good for your skin. FRÉ has a “one set, one tree” program. For every set you purchase, FRÉ will plant one Argan tree to help replenish the endangered Argan forest and support women who harvest Argan oil in Morocco. Now this is truly a skincare line that does good every step of the way.
I have a feeling I’ve said goodbye to my drugstore cleanser and moisturizer for good ... and prevented a few crows feet along the way.
In partnership with FRÉ Skincare. I so appreciate the brands who support our community, and as always, all opinions are my own!
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