Ellen de Werd November 29, 2021
Every month we explore how FRÉ has transformed the skin of one of our ambassadors.
About me: I am the creator of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™, two new international group exercise formats. These formats empower every BODY to unleash their inner rebel through yoga flows, mindfulness, weight lifting and HIIT training. I am the Fitness Director at the Downtown Athletic Club of Eugene, Oregon. I am a wife and a mom of three grown kids and my non-fitness hobbies are painting and drawing.
My skincare journey
My face is a little oily while my legs and hands tend to be dry. I was such a tomboy most of my life and I didn’t really ever think my skin was something to fuss over. I was wrong. Caring for our skin is as important as taking care of all of our other organs. FRÉ came into my life at the perfect time and in the perfect way. And truthfully, I was extremely interested in learning how to protect my bodysuit tattoo and my skin in general.
My bodysuit tattoo
My tattoo is one piece that covers me from ankle to wrist. My bodysuit style is inspired largely by Japanese tattoo art. I started the process at age 36 and finished 6 years later. I worked with the same artist, and would sit for 8 hours at a time. Sometimes, I would sit for consecutive days. I would go for these sessions every few months.
In hindsight, I can say that the process transformed me on the inside as much as on the outside. Learning to sit and surrender to pain was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
I became a better, more confident version of myself along the way.
I use argan oil as my base for everything. Take a look at this video of me using it on my tattoo. I can picture my dad putting oil on a baseball glove to make it soft, shiny and supple again; I use it to renew my skin the same way. There is an instant change to the feel, texture and appearance of my skin the second I use argan oil on it. I use it on my legs, hands, face, and on the dry ends of my hair.
Because of my bodysuit tattoo, I am basically a vampire who hides from the sun. The sun is TERRIBLE for tattoos. It dulls and fades them. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, it is easy to hide from the sun. I have noticed that I have drier skin since being heavily tattooed. My big tattoo protection “secret sauce” is FRÉ’s dry oil, GLOW BODY, as a base with PROTECT ME on top. It is incredible protection with the moisture and the soft subtle fragrance of the oil. I love it.
My daily skincare routine
In the morning, I clean my face with PURIFY ME. (I used to clean my face with harsh scrubs that dried out my face and stimulated an overproduction of oil. PURIFY ME is the first product that actually balances my natural facial oils.) I use 3 or 4 spritzes of I AM JOY on my face and neck and let it air dry. The rose smell is invigorating and it tightens my pores. Then, I moisturize with I AM LOVE or 100% Organic Argan Oil, and then I pull out my biggest beauty secret: GLOW ME +!!!! When I put it on, my face is its prettiest. It looks radiant, even and soft. I care a lot about UV protection, cancer prevention and anti-aging benefits. The cherry on top is that it literally makes my face glow.
I also use DETOX ME every Saturday in a bubble bath after I teach my WARRIOR Rhythm™ class.
My favorite FRÉ
REVIVE ME is the butteriest, silkest, most indulgent treat for my face before bed. I cannot go to sleep without it.
Why I love FRÉ
I am grateful for the education about the science behind FRÉ skincare, and the female empowerment and sustainability efforts speak to my heart. You had me at “we plant a tree…”
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