by Jude Jacob Kayton September 30, 2020
Every month we explore how FRÉ has transformed the active skin of one of our ambassadors
About me: I was born in Florida, but I moved around a lot for my parents’ jobs and for school. Currently, I live in the D.C. metro area. I’m a silver linings seeker and also a realist - I’m not afraid to look at what’s in front of me. I’m a cancer survivor and last month marked 10 years cancer free. I currently work in coastal management and I’m passionate about coastal resilience. I’ve always been active and I ran my first marathon last year.
I never had any skin issues until 3 years ago, when I was in Graduate School. I was 23 and surprised to suddenly be suffering from cystic acne. I broke out on my face - on my chin, and my temples where I would touch when stressed. It hurt, and nothing seemed to be able to get rid of it. I tried tons of over-the-counter solutions, including benzoyl peroxide paste at one point, which really dried out my skin, and bleached my sheets!
I started using FRÉ last December. Before that I thought skincare was a gimmick and overpriced. I didn’t trust the beauty industry because none of the many products I’d used worked and I kept getting breakouts. FRÉ Ambassador Alyssa Olenick got me to believe in FRÉ and try it for the first time. She talked about going to a dermatologist and trying solutions but not being able to find anything that worked. Like me, she was also an endurance athlete and I thought if something worked for her it might just work for me.
I bought the full kit to start with. As an environmentalist, the fact that FRÉ planted a tree for every set sold was very important to me. Within 3 weeks I felt FRÉ worked so well, I decided I could never go back! I’ve gone through phases of being lazy with my FRÉ routine, and I find that if I don’t wash my face before bed, I break out. It’s so important to be consistent with skincare. Washing my face twice a day and after I work out is essential.
My favorite FRÉ
I use all of FRÉ’s products! DETOX ME is my favorite - I don’t use it every day - but it’s amazing. I LOVE the teal color, and the fluffy mousse texture is incredible. I’ve never found another mask with this texture and the lemongrass smell is really relaxing. It’s now my go-to gift for friends and family.
I use both I AM LOVE and 100% Organic Argan Oil which help control the oil on my face. It sounds counterintuitive, but it really works. I now feel confident without makeup. The problem with breakouts is that you get into a vicious cycle where you are embarrassed about your skin and cover up with makeup, which ultimately makes your skin worse. This is why I love GLOW ME: if I have any breakouts, I use GLOW ME to hide the redness. It gives skin SPF protection and doesn’t make me break out.
In the morning I cleanse with PURIFY ME, then I mist I AM JOY onto my skin. On days I wear makeup, I put on GLOW ME and use Fit Cover powder foundation on top. The combination is perfect. On no-makeup days Iuse RECOVER ME or REVIVE ME to hydrate my skin.
In the evening I use PURIFY ME then either REFRESH ME or I AM JOY. After that I apply RECOVER ME and once it soaks in, I take either I AM LOVE or 100% Organic Argan Oil and apply 3 drops to my forehead and 2 to each cheek.
The past year and a half I’ve had acne on my upper back mainly because of the hard water where I lived, and PURIFY BODY really helped. I always use PROTECT BODY when I run - it's a godsend in the summer, and I use PROTECT ME on my face. It’s the first sunscreen that doesn’t sting my eyes! I’ll be running my second NYC Marathon soon (although everyone will be running separately because of COVID-19) and will be wearing both PROTECT ME and PROTECT BODY for SPF protection when I run.
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