Hello to all my friends on this corner of the interwebs! I'm so excited to share and review this product with you all because: A. I love to workout, B. I've never come across a skincare line that specifically is for "sweaty skin". That definitely sparked the curiosity in me & I was so intrigued.
First & foremost, I want to thank FRE for partnering with me so that I can review this product for you guys. Without further ado, here is my honest opinion about the 3 products from the 123FRE Set.
The 123FRE Set includes the following: "Protect Me" (Sunscreen), "Purify Me" (Cleanser), and "Revive Me" (Serum). The idea is that you will use the sunscreen before your workout, especially if you're going to be exercising outside. After the workout, you will cleanse with the Purify Me cleanser. Lastly, you will rehydrate and rejuvenate your skin with the Revive Me serum. Let me just tell you all right off the bat, that I did not use the products in orders AND that I did not exclusively use these products. I added these products to my current skincare routine, really like a "supplemental" skincare.
1. Protect Me
This product was "meh" for me. I've tried sunscreens before that are more liquid-y & light-weight (such as Kiehls and Lancome's), so this one did not particularly "wow" me. This SPF is not heavy by anymeans so I don't want to give off that impression. I like that it does dry fast enough so that you can continue with your skincare/makeup routine. I will say though, you can still tell that you're wearing SPF but that feeling goes away throughout the day. Some people like that feeling (it makes you feel good that you're protecting your skin). But some don't - I'm in the second camp! Also, I'd like to admit that I'm not currently using an SPF besides my make up (GASP). I know, I know - I'm trying to get better at it too. So, I am glad that I now have this product so that I can incorporate SPF into my daily routine. I would like to see FRE develop this into an even more light-weight formula (a more liquid-y one), but we shall see! Otherwise, this is definitely a great alternative to those
super-greasy facial sunscreens! This product claims to reduce premature aging, shields from UVA and UVB rays, combats photo-aging, and softens skin. Hopefully, with my continued use, I will prevent those things. (Let's be real though, your girl has been stuck in the libs, studying for boards).
2. Purify Me
Now, this cleanser has definitely grown on me! I haven't used a beaded cleanser in a long time because I figured I would just exfoliate with my Clarisonic once in a blue moon. Or when I give my skin an extra scrub as I take off a mask that I would do every two weeks, if that. But boy, does my face need some exfoliation. Since I sweat (a lot) when I work out AND yes, I work out with a full face of make-up on (so bad for the skin TBH, but I'm so guilty), my skin needs the extra exfoliating action. The beads in this cleanser are so fine that it provides just the right amount of "scrub-factor". Another thing I love about this cleanser is that it did not strip my skin of moisture. That tight-skin feeling after cleansing is such a HUGE pet peeve of mine because "why should a cleanser deplete my skin of moisture?!". This product claims to restore the natural pH balance of skin, unclog pores, prevent breakouts & irritation, hydrate and nourish skin. As I said, this cleanser delivered a lot (more than I was expecting). I tend to only use this after workouts - so at night time. BUT as I mentioned needing the extra exfoliation, I will be using it more often (probably every night). In the mornings I use a non-exfoliating cleanser.
3. Revive Me
Last but not the least, is this serum. This one is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE out of the set. I love it so much that I use it morning and night - it's definitely earned a spot in my current skin care routine! It's so hydrating and my skin just feels so soft when I wake up in the morning. This literally revives my skin haha! (Okay, sorry for being dramatic - this one really is my fave). You only really need a tiny amount (pea-sized) and it goes such a long way. This product claims to regenerate collagen & elasticity, anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, replenish lost vitamins and minerals (from sweating), improves skin firmness and density. I can't accurately asses all of these right now as I've only been using it for a month and a half, but I feel like with continued use it will definitely prevent the wrinkles and aging and improve elasticity. Of course, it's not a miracle product by any means, but I believe that it's going to be a great asset to anyone's skincare routine!
Other important info:
FRE Skincare is a completely vegan skincare line, which is great for all my vegan babes out there! Also, this is not just for those who workout. It's also for ladies who love to spend time outdoors, under the sun - It doesn't matter the way you sweat! I mean, let's be real: if you're a skincare junkie and want to try out new products, go for it!
All of FRE's products are based on an Argania Active Complex. It's not merely just argan oil, but FRE uses argan stem cells. It's supposed to have more benefits for the skin than just the oil. Check this page out for all the benefits of the ingredients they use, and how their product targets the different effects of exercising, sweating, and sun-damage: Click Here.
Also, I will mention that this is NOT an anti-acne product. There is definitely a benefit of preventing acne from using this, but it's not necessarily formulated for that purpose. Just an FYI, if you're looking for more of an acne treatment. I will say though, that if your acne is more due to lack of washing your face after a sweaty workout or being outdoors this may work for you! (*Just my own opinion).
I've enjoyed incorporating these products into my skincare routine. Not only that, but it has encouraged me to be more aware about wearing SPF, even if I'm indoors most of the time. My skincare routine is definitely pretty hefty, and I'm not very good at sticking to only three products. So, these will continue to be incorporated into in my routine especially since I workout pretty often throughout the week. Also, I just love switching it up sometimes when it comes to skincare (#skincarejunkie).
But if you're a minimalist, I'd say this is a pretty solid set! The serum nearly acts as both a treatment and moisturizer, and you can pop the sunscreen right on top! The cleanser is gentle enough (even with the exfoliating beads) that you can possibly use it morning and night if you so choose.
Worth mentioning, is the fact that I have not gotten any adverse reactions from any of the products! I think the only thing that I'm not very fond of (still) is the sunscreen feeling, which this formula is not even heavy. I'm just dramatic, and still getting used to it. (Don't worry, I'll be better about wearing sunscreen - PROMISE!)
Bonus (Discount Code Anyone?)
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Last thing: If you do give this set, or any of the products a try, I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!
As always, thank you for reading & your continued support. Talk with you all soon!