What Is Protect Me?
There are almost as many moisturizers on the market as there are people on earth it seems, so choosing the right one that will deliver real benefits can be a minefield. This becomes even more so when you factor in that not everyone has the same skin type or sensitivity barriers. Our review today focuses on Protect Me. In this review of Fre Protect Me, we will evaluate its potential benefits against what the clinical data says should be in a good product, and the kind of properties it should have.
Fre says its formula is water-resistant, won’t clog your pores and is hypoallergenic. It is designed to be light and fast-absorbing. It is meant to protect you from sweat, environmental pollutants, and damage-inducing sunlight rays. Let’s turn our attention to the ingredients.
- Argania Active Complex reduces premature aging and acts against sun damage and dark spots.
- Essential Fatty Acids maintain the skin’s health and restore its natural barrier function.
- Sterols help retain moisture in the skin even in the most extreme weather conditions.
- Squalene enables fast and deep absorption into the skin without clogging pores. It promotes a natural healthy glow.
- Vitamins A, B5 and E fight free radicals from pollution, firm skin and prevent wrinkles.
- Chamomile, Melissa & Rooibos (flowers and leaves extracts) have potent antioxidants, anti-bacterial, calming and soothing effects on the skin.
- Symcalmin & Bisabol calm redness and prevent irritations and itching.
Together, the deep absorption enabled by squalene, keep your skin moist (via sterols), protected from sun damage (via argania active complex), soothe and repair the skin via the antioxidant properties of chamomile and rooibos, diminish redness and itching via symcalmin and bisabol and keeps the skin barrier healthy through fatty acids. Vitamins E and A are clinically researched ingredients that are vital for regeneration and collagen production, keeping skin plump, firm and supple. That said, they are also the only clinically proven ingredients included in this formula, which is not going to be good enough for your skin long term.
However, medical grade collagen is a must in any good moisturizer, as has been clinically proven. It is absent from this formula. It is the vital protective layer that seals in moisture – without it, any hydrating goodness your skin is absorbing will be lost again. We also noticed a lack of other ingredients to actually reverse the signs of aging and fight wrinkles.
How To Use
The product is geared for those who are very physically active and sweat a lot. Apply it to your skin before a workout. On days when you don’t work out, the manufacturer says simply that you can use it as your daily moisturizer by applying it until it is fully absorbed. But this isn’t clear as you are not guided as to whether you should apply it once a day or more, and no mention is made of having to cleanse or just even wash your face first.
There is only one patented ingredient in this formula whereas the best-in-class that we’ve researched contain five, all clinically proven. So as much as you may be getting some benefit, you are also missing out on other essential skin rejuvenation and protective properties.
What Is The Cost?
A two oz tube which is supposed to be a 90-day supply retails for $50 on the product website. There don’t appear to be bulk discounts. There is an auto-ship option, which we always caution again. Unfortunately, more often than not, these are notoriously difficult to cancel. Once your credit card details are divulged, many people have found that they continue to be billed even if they are no longer requesting the product, or even when the product does not arrive in worst case scenarios.
You will only be refunded after your first purchase if you are not happy, and you must put in a claim within 30 days.
Our Final Review Of Protect Me
Protect Me is not tested on animals and is custom designed for the active woman who needs a moisturizer that won’t clog pores during a workout. It contains a patented argan oil formula. However, the usage instructions are vague and leave you in doubt as to how exactly to use it, especially in combination with other products not made by Fre. Compared to the top moisturizers we’ve researched, it contains only one patented ingredient, with the top moisturizers containing at least 5, all with clinically proven ingredients and highly effective, deeply penetrating, synergistic blends for daily and frequent use. This product doesn’t go far enough to seal in the moisture that will actually leave your skin when you sweat, nor does it go far enough to fight free radicals and actually reverse the signs of aging, rather than just maintaining the existing condition of your skin. You also want to aim for a product with a guarantee of at least 60 days, as offered by the top scientifically sound manufacturers.