Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step One: Pre-Cleansing

The Korean skin care routine has taken the world by storm, and there’s no going back once you’ve tried it! It is a truly a superior way to care for your skin. You can see and feel the difference when you take a little more time to do what’s right!

Some people find the K-Beauty skin care regimen overwhelming at first, so we’ll be featuring a step-by-step guide over the coming weeks to explain how and why each step matters.

Let’s get things started with step one: Real Barrier Cleansing Water.

Cleansing Water is Atopalm’s version of an oil-based cleanser. It is a cleansing formula designed to be used without the use of tap water, which makes it excellent for very sensitive skin that doesn’t respond well to harsh tap waters.

Cleansing Water actually uses Atopalm’s MLE skin-barrier formula to cleanse skin, while a natural moisturizing compound replenishes moisture even as you cleanse! Panthenol, allantoin, and madecassoside make up Real Barrier’s three-calming complex, used to soothe and comfort skin.

Cleansing Water melts away impurities and debris, preparing skin for the rest of your skin care routine. It can also be used in the evening prior to your foaming cleanser to gently remove makeup without the use of harsh makeup removing formulas.

Finally, if your skin is of the most sensitive variety, you can use Cleansing Water in lieu of traditional cleansers. If your skin does not tolerate foaming cleansers or washing with water, Cleansing Water is the answer to your cleansing needs.

As you can see, Cleansing Water is a versatile product that’s great to have in your arsenal, whether or not you follow the entire Korean skin care routine.

Have you tried Cleansing Water, or do you use an alternate to traditional face cleansers? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

Best Skin Care Moisturizer for Summer

As the weather heats up, rich and intensive skin care moisturizers can begin to feel heavy and cloying. Oily skin especially may feel uncomfortable when using a moisturizer during summer. Yet skipping your moisturizer may make your oily skin feel like it needs to compensate, leading to even more extreme oiliness!

Rather than skip moisturizing during summer altogether, try a lighter moisturizing formula, such as Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream. This unique product contains the same MLE you know and trust, in a lighter-weight formula that also doubles as a makeup primer!

Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream hydrates and protects with MLE while botanical oils nourish and smooth the skin. The result is a soft, smooth complexion that is perfectly prepped for optimized makeup application.

Often, Atopalm users prefer to layer Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream over their more intense Atopalm moisturizer; however, normal to oily skin types may prefer to use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream alone during summer to keep skin feeling fresh and light.

However you choose to use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream, it’ll only take one try before you add this product to your permanent skin care regimen. You can use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream no matter what your skin type — just be sure to layer it with a richer moisturizer if you are still experiencing dryness or sensitive skin during the day.

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How to Remove Makeup for Healthier Skin

You’ve heard it before: cleanse skin morning and evening to optimize health and beauty. But did you know makeup removal should actually be separate from cleansing, and is just as important?

Leaving makeup on overnight, or applying makeup over yesterday’s makeup, is one of the leading causes of breakouts and skin irritation. Even the healthiest makeups aren’t meant to be left on your skin for days without removal.

For dry and sensitive skin, leaving makeup on means that your already compromised lipid layer is further damaged. It also means that your moisturizing skin care may not absorb as readily, which means your skin doesn’t get what it needs, and you waste your time and money on moisturizers that aren’t providing their full benefits!

In order to protect your skin’s health and beauty, and get the most out of your skin care products, makeup removal is absolutely essential. Here’s the best way to remove makeup at the end of each day.

Begin with your Atopalm foaming cleanser. Pump a generous amount into your hand, and massage the rich, foamy texture into your face using circular motions. Massage for a full minute, then rinse with tepid water and pat (don’t rub!) dry.

After washing your face, you’re ready to remove makeup with Cleansing Water. While it’s true that our foaming cleansers do a lot to loosen and break down makeup, there will still be trace amounts on your face. In addition, our foaming cleansers are not meant to remove eye makeup, while Real Barrier Cleansing Water is the best eye makeup remover you can use!

Apply Cleansing Water to a cotton pad, and massage with circular motions over the entire face, including the eye area. Repeat as necessary until all traces of makeup are removed.

Cleansing Water moisturizes as it removes makeup and cleans the skin. Most people prefer to apply a face cream after using Cleansing Water since the skin is perfectly prepped for maximum skin care benefits; however, it is completely up to you, since your skin will likely feel great after the Cleansing Water alone.

After you implement a true makeup removal step in your skin care regimen, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without removing your makeup at night. Your skin will show its thanks with improved health, comfort, radiance, and beauty!

What’s Your Skin Type

We spend a lot of time talking about dry and sensitive skin types on the Atopalm blog, since most of our customers fall into these categories. But did you know that Atopalm is beneficial for every skin type?

Whether your skin is normal, oily, dry, acne-prone, or any combination thereof, Atopalm can benefit your skin. How can one line be equally great for all skin types? All skin types need healthy moisture levels to function properly!

Since Atopalm’s main objective is to keep skin healthfully moisturized and support the skin’s lipid levels, all skin needs Atopalm. It’s that simple. While people have different preferences for skin care textures and types, the fact remains that Atopalm is beneficial for all.

You may wish to choose some Atopalm products over others depending on your skin type. In order to select the best products for you, you must first know what your skin type is. For some people, it’s obvious. You may have itchy, flaky, classically dry skin, or you may blot oil from your face all day.

For others, it’s not so simple. Combination skin can be tricky to categorize, as can skin that itches like dry skin but appears oily. Here’s a helpful guide to help you figure out what your skin type is!

Step one: take a shower and thoroughly wash face without a cleanser. Did you know that your non-Atopalm face cleanser may be over-stripping the skin of its oils, leading you to believe you have dry skin even if you don’t? In order to determine skin type, remove all makeup and simply wash your face with pure water.

Step two: wait two hours. Leave your face alone (no skin care products, and no touching!) and pass the time in whatever way you choose.

Step three: blot your entire face with a tissue, preferably one that doesn’t have added lotion. Gently blot, paying special attention to the T-zone, which ranges from your full forehead, down your nose, and to your chin.

Step four: review your findings by looking at your face as well as your blotting tissue. Your skin will fall into one of the following four categories:

  • Normal skin will not flake, itch, or feel tight. It appears supple and smooth, and is comfortable even without moisturizer. Normal skin is the unicorn of skin types!
  • Oily skin will leave visible oil on your tissue. Your skin may also appear shiny and feel slick to the touch. Those with oily skin often have large pores, and feel weighed down by heavy lotions or creams. Oily skin is also more likely to have acne breakouts, though any skin type is susceptible to blemishes.
  • Dry skin is the second most common skin type, largely due to the fact that most people are chronically dehydrated. Environmental damage also generally results in dry skin, including sun damage, harsh skin care products, and even central heating and air. Dry skin feels taut, especially after cleansing, and regularly shows flakes of dead skin. Pores are generally smaller, and large acne breakouts are less common but not unheard of.
  • Combination skin is the most common skin type, which shows how unhealthy most skin is. Combination skin is essentially the skin not knowing what to do with itself, as it shows traits of normal, oily, and dry skin. It is unbalanced, specifically showing dryness on the cheeks, and excess oil in the T-zone.

Now that you’ve determined your skin type, you can proceed knowing what your skin needs to look and feel its healthiest. With Atopalm, you can give your skin an advantage by first treating its hydration and barrier needs. After your skin’s most basic needs are met, many issues will resolve themselves and you may even find yourself getting nearer to the normal skin category we’d all love to be in!

Treatments for Seasonal Skin Irritation

If you’re a sufferer of seasonal allergies, your skin may be suffering along with you this spring! Allergy symptoms within the skin may include increased dryness and flakiness, rough skin texture, eczema, or sun sensitivity.

While your doctor will be able to suggest medications to treat the root cause of your
allergies, Atopalm is here to help soothe and control allergy symptoms in the skin.

Use Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream anywhere on the face or body to deeply moisturize, comfort, and support skin during allergy symptoms. It’s light enough for use as a face cream on dry skin, or as a spot treatment for extremely dry areas like the knees, elbows, or feet.

If your skin is still struggling this spring, look into our Atopalm 130+ line. Featuring our award-winning MLE at a 30% higher concentration, Atopalm 130+ is the most intensive Atopalm line available.

In addition to using Atopalm MLE to help control and conquer skin dryness and discomfort, it’s important to keep skin free of external aggressors. Bathe every evening to rid your skin and hair of pollen, and change clothes after returning from outdoors.

Keeping your skin calm and comfortable this spring isn’t hard when you turn to Atopalm for help!

Get Glowing with Anti-Aging Skin Care

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Have you ever thought that you couldn’t use anti-aging skin care if you also have dry, sensitive skin? If so, think again! Just because your skin needs powerful anti-aging care doesn’t mean that the care you receive needs to be harsh on your skin. Enter Atopalm — the anti-aging skin care answer for sensitive and dry skin types.

Because proper moisture in and of itself can help diminish basic signs of aging like rough skin, flaking skin, fine lines, and dullness, all Atopalm products have a mild element of anti-aging care. But there are two Atopalm products in particular that I will highlight today for their in-depth anti-aging skin care actions.

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Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex is from our classic MLE line and was our original anti-aging skin care product. On top of moisturizing MLE, it uses peptides, antioxidant vitamins, and an activator called K6PC5 to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, laugh lines, and other visible signs of aging.

 

 

RBextremecreamReal Barrier Extreme Cream is from our new Real Barrier line. Like Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex, it also uses MLE as well as hyaluronic acid to target visible signs of aging first with moisture.

A unique ingredient called Idealift firms sagging skin to create a more youthful tone and texture while Real Barrier’s Three-Calming Complex ensures that the skin is left feeling calm and comfortable.

 

With these two great products to choose from, it’s easy to get the anti-aging results you desire without compromising the quality and gentleness of your skin care. Shop Atopalm for all your anti-aging skin care needs!

 

How, When, and Why to Switch to Atopalm 130+

Most Atopalm customers find our basic MLE and Real Barrier lines to be the perfect way to moisturize and protect their skin. Some customers, however, feel like even our best-selling MLE formulas aren’t enough for their extra dry, sensitive skin. That’s where Atopalm 130+ comes in.

Atopalm 130+ is formulated with the same MLE that we’re known for, except it features a 30% higher concentration of this skin barrier-boosting ingredient. Think of it as the richest (but still non-greasy!) skin care moisturizer you’ve ever used…but better.

So, how do you know if you should make the switch to Atopalm 130+? Really, the choice is yours — 130+ can be used by anyone who desires a richer skin care moisturizer. But if you’re not sure if you should try it yourself, here are some things to consider:

Why should you make the switch? If your skin still feels dry, tight, or irritated after using your regular moisturizer, you need to up your care with Atopalm 130+. Your skin should never feel dry, tight, itchy, or painful in any way. Not even after cleansing! So if your skin is still uncomfortable after moisturizing, it’s time to look at these more intensive formulas.

Another time to seek out the help of Atopalm 130+ is if you have a dry skin care condition such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hormonal imbalance, or discomfort caused by environmental or dermatological irritants.

When should you make the switch? Well, right now! If you feel like your skin needs more help, don’t delay. The one thing you should wait for is a chance to talk with your dermatologist or doctor if you feel that you have underlying issues causing your skin care concerns. Other than that, there’s no time like the present.

How should you make the switch? Atopalm 130+ offers two formulas: Concentrated Intensive Cream, and Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol. Depending on which part of your body is experiencing extra dry, sensitive skin, you may want to try one or both of these products. Here’s a look at the differences:

conce_intenseConcentrated Intensive Cream is more similar to our flagship product, Intensive Moisturizing Cream. It offers a hefty dose of MLE and other proven ingredients to deeply replenish moisture and comfort to skin anywhere on the face or body.

You can replace your current moisturizer with Concentrated Intensive Cream, or you can use it as a “spot treatment” for areas of the face or body which are more prone to dryness, such as around the lips, on the elbows and knees, or anywhere that’s prone to become dry and uncomfortable.

  Atopalm 130+ Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol

Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol is designed to target dryness

on the face. It, of course, utilizes MLE to restore hydration, but it also harnesses the soothing power of panthenol to deeply comfort irritated skin. It can be used daily by the driest, most sensitive skin types. Or it can be used on a short-term basis for skin that’s healing from in-office skin care procedures, or irritation caused by the environment.

You can read more about these great products on the website to determine whether they’re the right skin care choice for you. No matter which Atopalm products you choose, remember you’ll always receive free shipping on orders of $50 or more and a free sample in every package. Happy shopping!

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