Best Creams for Summer Skin Irritation

When most people think of summer, they think fun: vacationing, swimming, camping, day trips…It’s difficult to avoid fun during summer!

But for a select few, summer brings with it skin discomfort and inconvenience. If you suffer from a skin condition that is worsened by heat or sun, or if you’re prone to environmental irritation, this post is for you.

The best creams for summer skin irritation are from ATOPALM. Our ATOPALM 130+ line was designed with ultra sensitive skin in mind! Whether you have a chronic skin condition or simply have irritable skin, ATOPALM 130+ can help.

ATOPALM 130+ is a simple line comprised of only two products: Concentrated Intensive Cream and Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol. The line is named ATOPALM 130+ because it contains 30% more active soothing ingredients than our traditional MLE line. That means extra comfort and protection for your ultra dry, sensitive skin.

Here’s a glimpse at the ATOPALM 130+ duo as a whole:

What it Contains:

  • ATOPALM MLE to mimic this skin’s natural lipid barrier
  • Patented plant origin ceramides to bind water to the skin
  • Squalane, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, and vitamin E to deeply moisturize and provide anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-septic actions
  • Phytosterols and allantoin to calm and soothe irritated skin
  • Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavenda) Oil to supply a mood-enhancing aroma

What it doesn’t contain:

  • Parabens
  • Ethanol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Mineral Oil
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • PEG
  • Artificial Fragrances
  • Benzophenone
  • Diathanolamine
  • Artificial Pigments

By carefully selecting which ingredients go into and stay out of ATOPALM 130+, we’ve ensured safe, irritation-free use for every skin type and condition.

ATOPALM 130+ can be seamlessly inserted into any Korean skin care regimen as your daily moisturizer, or it can be used as-needed on skin irritation or condition flare-ups. During summer, ATOPALM 130+ should be your go-to for treating sunburn, mild reactions to chlorine or saltwater, and even poison oak or poison ivy rash.

Visit the ATOPALM 130+ page to read more about these incredibly potent products, and choose the right one for your summer skin care needs.

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!

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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Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Combination Skin

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Photo used with permission.

All month long, we’ve been taking a look at how to eat right for your skin type. Although we believe strongly in our products, we also know that health is holistic, and that even skin needs to be taken care of with a healthy diet.

We’ve touched on the main skin types already (dry skin, sensitive skin, and oily/acne-prone skin) but what if you have combination skin? Combination skin is any skin type which has two (or more!) areas of differing skin types. You can be normal on your cheeks, but oily on your T-zone; dry on your chin and nose, but acne-prone elsewhere.

Combination skin is tricky because you don’t want to overload one skin type while nourishing another. What it comes down to is — drum roll please — eating a healthy, well-balanced diet! Shocking, I know.

But in all seriousness, combination skin types should be supported by diet. Eating foods high in healthy fats like avocado and nuts will support healthy hydration, while eating phytonutrients found in produce will encourage healthy skin function.

The real trick to keeping combination skin healthy and happy? Moisture. Believe it or not, all skin types need hydration to function, whether it’s the obvious choice of dry skin all the way down to oily skin. Dehydrated skin (different from dry skin) is suffering skin, so keeping your face moisturized every day is the key to success.

Our patented MLE formulas are superb for all skin types, including fussy sensitive skin and even skin with conditions like eczema and rosacea. MLE is an advanced ingredient that’s able to mimic the lipid layer of healthy skin. What does this mean for you? Your face cream tricks your skin into feeling and acting like healthy skin.

After a couple weeks of regular use, your skin will act healthy all on its own, with reinforcement from our formulas. They encourage hydration, protect against external damage, and allow your skin to get back to taking care of skin issues like patches of dryness, acne blemishes, and oily T-zone — you know, combination skin type issues.

We don’t mean to insinuate that our MLE products are a save-all. They should still be combined with healthy diet and beauty habits like using clean makeup brushes and cleansing skin at night. But for the rest of it? MLE is like nothing you’ve used before.

Fake a Facelift with Phytoceramides and Atopalm

When fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin pop up, we know that certain procedures begin to look more appealing. It’s not fun watching our skin look older than we feel! However, the invasiveness and cost of in-office skin procedures can be scary for anyone. So, why not fake a face lift instead?

As featured by Dr. Oz, phytoceramides are a proven topical skin care ingredient that has the ability to turn back the hands of time and help restore a youthful appearance to the skin. Our young skin has natural ceramides that are damaged or lost overtime. If you restore them with phytoceramides, you’ll be able to reclaim your youthful appearance.

Atopalm MLE is created using phytoceramides, along with fatty acids and good cholesterol. The resulting ingredient is as similar to your skin’s own lipids as you can achieve, making it the ideal replacement for what your skin has lost.

Click here to read more about how phytoceramides work, and how Atopalm is using them in all our MLE products.

After you read more about how phytoceramides can improve skin, you will also have access to an exclusive deal to try our best-selling Intensive Moisturizing Cream for only $9!

If you’re looking for the ultimate anti-aging skin care with phytoceramides, try our Extreme Treat Duo.

Do you want to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles? How about replenishing moisture and supporting your skin’s barrier? What if you could also save 20% off retail price while you’re at it?

You can achieve all these things and more with our Extreme Treat Duo! Featuring Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex and Moisturizing Eye Repair Serum, our Extreme Treat Duo is everything your skin needs for anti-aging health and beauty.

By ordering these two advanced products together, you’ll save 20% off retail price. Plus, you’ll qualify for free shipping on the duo and anything else you add to your order, which further saves you money!

So what are you waiting for? Turn back the hands of time and save some cash by adding Extreme Treat Duo to cart now >>

Why Does Cold Weather Hurt My Skin?

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Temperatures are dropping, and chances are your skin is starting to feel the changing weather. Have you ever wondered why cold weather hurts dry skin? If your skin gets tight, itchy, scaly, and prone to cracks during fall and winter, these skin care tips are for you!

Why Does Cold Weather Hurt My Skin?
Before we take a look at how to treat dry skin in cold weather, let us explain why dry skin needs extra help during fall and winter. Many people assume that summer weather is harder on skin since most people spend more time in the sun and increase their risk of sunburn, sun rash, and over-tanning. It is also assumed that the hot sun will over-dry the skin, causing dry skin to become even drier.

The opposite is true, however; while sunburn and sun tanning carry their own risks, most people with dry, sensitive skin see an improvement during summer! While prolonged sun exposure can over-dry the skin, most people don’t spend enough time in the sun for that to be a problem. Rather, higher levels of vitamin D boost the body’s overall health while mild UV ray exposure helps to clear acne and give the skin a healthy glow.

Winter is a different story, though. Dry winter skin can be painful and difficult to manage. The reason? Harsh weather, central heating, hot water, and excessive hand washing. In short, everything during winter contributes to dry skin.

  • Harsh weather worsens dry skin by beating it up! Cold temperatures, high winds, rain and snow — pretty much every fall and winter weather condition is hard on dry skin.
  • Central heating dries out the skin. Whether it’s in your car, office, or home, heated air can be a dry skin sufferer’s worst enemy. Plus, major temperature changes can damage the skin — like heading from the snow-covered streets into a heated office building.
  • Hot water strips away the skin’s natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Since dry skin is already lacking these oils, removing what little the skin has left is absolutely disastrous. During winter, people enjoy hot water for warming up in the shower or bath, but it can wreck havoc on skin!
  • Hand washing during winter is essential for staying healthy during cold and flu season, but it can also leave hands feeling cracked and dry. First, as mentioned previously, people tend to choose hot water during winter, which strips away healthy oils that keep the skin moisturized. Secondly, hand washing soaps can also strip away oils, leaving the hands unprotected and raw.

How to Treat Dry Skin During Winter
Now that you know why fall and winter are harder on dry and sensitive skin, here’s how to treat dry skin during fall and winter!

  1. Bathe in tepid, not hot, water. Even though the urge to take a steamy shower in the morning may feel overwhelming, the fallout with your skin is not worth it! Keep the water comfortably warm, and don’t overstay your welcome — the longer you luxuriate in the shower, the more your skin’s oils will be stripped away.If your skin is really sensitive (like crazy sensitive), it might even be worthwhile to cleanse your face without water whenever possible. Use our Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes to keep skin fresh and pure without the stripping effect of water.
  2. Amp up your moisture game. Use our best-selling Intensive Moisturizing Cream for the best moisturization your dry skin has ever experienced. You can use the cream on your face, as well as any part of the body that needs extra moisture, like the elbows and knees.
  3. Moisturize throughout the day. Keep our Moisturizing Hand Treatment in your purse or desk drawer for use after each hand washing (your hands will feel better than ever!), and spritz on Moisture Mist anytime the face or body starts feeling dry. Remoisturizing all day long will prevent skin from ever feeling extra dry.

By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to avoid the worst of dry winter skin.