Teen Skin Care Tips

When it comes to skin care for teens, most teenagers have the same concerns: acne breakouts, oil production, and keeping skin healthy for the long-run. For some teens, skin conditions like eczema may also be present.

Another main skin-related concern for teens is maintaining an easy, doable skin care regimen. Most teens don’t have the patience to spend a lot of time in the morning and evening applying skin care, especially if they’re staying the night with a friend or at a school event. Therefore, teen skin care regimens should be quick, easy, and travel-friendly.

Our ATOPALM-recommended skin care routine combines the great care you or your teens needs with the ease of a 3-step regimen. The three products chosen are incredibly quick and easy to apply, but will treat every teen skin concern from acne to moisturization.

Cleanse with Moisturizing Cleansing Foam, our classic foaming cleanser that very gently purifies skin while promoting clarity and balance. The lush foaming texture melts away pore-clogging oils and debris while removing makeup. The result is pure skin that is less likely to break out or become irritated.

Moisturize with Intensive Moisturizing Cream, our original flagship product. MLE heals and protects the skin’s natural moisture barrier while the product’s lightweight texture comforts skin without feeling heavy or greasy. This moisturizer is perfect for teens because it can also be used to spot-treat dry areas on the body, which makes daily skin care faster and easier.

Spot treat blemishes with Cicarelief Cream, a deeply soothing cream made with calamine and other calming ingredients. It reduces redness, inflammation, itching, and other discomforts associated with acne breakouts. It can also be used on bug bites, poison oak and ivy, or skin conditions like eczema.


Real Barrier Three-Calming Complex

ATOPALM Real Barrier is known and loved for its wide range of deeply moisturizing and restorative products. But did you know that what really sets Real Barrier apart is its Three-Calming Complex?

Real Barrier Three-Calming Complex is an expertly balanced blend of (you guessed it) three ingredients chosen for their soothing, nourishing, healing, and moisturizing qualities.

Used alongside MLE, the Three-Calming Complex is able to nourish and restore skin like nothing else. Here’s a look at all three and why they were chosen as part of this exclusive blend:

  • Panthenol, also known as provitamin B5 is an efficient moisturizer that is especially beneficial because of its ability to penetrate the top layer of skin. It also boosts wound healing, which makes it an excellent choice for those with painful skin conditions like chronic acneand eczema.
  • Allantoin is a plant-sourced ingredient used primarily for its moisturizing and soothing benefits, though it has other beneficial qualities like boosting the water content of cellsincreasing skin smoothness, and promoting wound healing. These actions combined with its known gentleness make allantoin the perfect choice for ATOPALM skin care.
  • Madecassoside, also known as Gota Kola, is a healing ingredient derived from the plant Centella asiatica, which has been used in medicinal compounds for over 2,000 years. It provides proven skin-healing and anti-aging benefits with actions that include regulating inflammation, increasing collagen production, and slowing the breakdown of the skin’s framework.

While all ATOPALM products boast skin restoration thanks to MLE, the Three-Calming Complex truly takes this mentality to another level. Shop Real Barrier now to see what the Three-Calming Complex can do for your skin.

Choosing the Best Face Moisturizer

Choosing your favorite ATOPALM moisturizer is like trying to choose your favorite ice cream flavor — they’re all fantastic for different reasons! As a brand known for deeply moisturizing creams, finding the best ATOPALM face cream for you can seem like an undertaking.

To make the decision a little easier, here’s a glimpse at our top three best-selling Korean beauty moisturizers. Each one features skin-saving MLE, so take a peek at each product’s unique qualities to find the best fit for you.

Intensive Moisturizing Cream is our flagship moisturizer — the product that started it all. With a rich dose of MLE and an ultra gentle formulation, it’s the perfect introduction to the ATOPALM brand. It’s also our most-recommended product for use on children (it was, after all, formulated by our founder for his own sons) and is as effective on the body as it is on the face.

We recommend it for: someone looking for a versatile cream that can be used on the whole family, or someone who needs a cream that will work for both face and body care.

Real Barrier Extreme Cream provides moisture and protection with MLE while also targeting visible signs of aging with Idealift, a firmness-booster. Extreme Cream is an excellent “all-in-one” cream with incredible moisture benefits, skin-soothers, and anti-aging skin care actions.

We recommend it for: dry, sensitive skin types with concerns about skin aging, or those who are looking to prevent prematurely aging skin.

Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream also features MLE, as well as a rich dose of hyaluronic acid, which allows it to boast an amazing 48-hour hydrating skin barrier. It makes a great daily face cream for dry skin types, as well as the perfect night cream for anyone looking to boost their natural radiance.

We recommend it for: very dry skin types that need extra hydration for all-day comfort, or normal to oily skin types looking for a restorative night cream.


Nighttime Skin Care Made Easy…and Affordable!

Evening skin care: we know that it’s usually the last thing you want to do.  After a long day of work, errands, and obligations, we all just want to binge a few episodes of our current show and fall asleep.

But what happens to your skin when you neglect it every night? The daily load of makeup, external debris, and environmental aggressors pile up. They worsen skin conditions like acne and rosacea, and cause skin to become even more dehydrated and dull than before. You awake looking haggard, and skin begins to age prematurely.

Do yourself (and your skin) a favor by spending 10 minutes each night showing your skin how much you appreciate the job its doing! We’ve made it easier than ever by putting together a Real Barrier nighttime regimen that takes the guesswork out and saves you a bundle. Featuring some of our most popular Real Barrier products, this nighttime routine makes evening skin care as easy as 1, 2, 3…4, 5!

The Real Barrier Nighttime Routine includes:

These five simple products feature everything skin needs to replenish and repair itself while you rest.

Nighttime is when the skin goes into overdrive to exfoliate dead skin, repair damage, heal blemishes, and rebuild collagen and elastin. These five products work to remove anything that would get in the way of that, while assisting your skin in its natural functions.

If you find that you’re too tired to remove makeup and wash your face before bed, try pushing your evening routine up to an earlier time. If you take 10 minutes to get ready for bed at 8:00, you’ll save your skin and get to slide into bed as soon as you’re sleepy. It’s the best of both worlds!

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Guest Review: Real Barrier Kits

ATOPALM Real Barrier Korean beauty kits made a splash when they were first introduced last year. Containing one full size products and multiple mid-size products, these kits are a great way to acquaint yourself with many Real Barrier products at once without committing to full size prices!

You’ll notice that two of the kits — Extreme Cream Kit and Eye Contour Cream Kit — feature the same three products. The difference lies in which product is your full size, and which two are the mid-size versions.

Here’s a look at our kits provided by a guest blogger! After getting to experience each kit, she has first-hand knowledge, tips, and ideas for using these kits as part of your Korean skin care routine.

As someone who had only experienced the classic ATOPALM MLE products, I was so excited to try the Real Barrier line and feel the differences of the formulations.

While Real Barrier still uses the Multi-Lamellar Emulsion that made ATOPALM famous, Real Barrier takes moisturization a step further with hyaluronic acid, plus a three-calming complex comprised of allantoin, madecassoside, and panthenol helps combat sensitivity and irritation.

As mentioned above, two of the Real Barrier kits actually feature the same three products, but I found that they are quite different when it comes down to use. As you’ll soon see, one focuses on the overall face, while the other targets the eye and lip areas.

But why am I trying to explain when I could just tell you about my experience?

The first kit I opened was the Real Barrier Cica Cream Kit.  It combines four great formulas, and is intended for very sensitive, compromised, or acne-prone skin. The Cica Cream Kit contains:

  • Cicarelief Cream
  • Soothing Ampoule Mask
  • Intense Moisture Cream
  • Eye Contour Cream


The star ingredient in this kit is calamine, an ingredient that has been used for ages to treat everything from itching to burns and more. It’s exceedingly soothing and anti-inflammatory, which is what makes it so great for use on acne breakouts. Combine the healing and comforting benefits of calamine with the hydration and further calming actions from Real Barrier’s base ingredients, and you have a recipe for true skin change.

When using the Cicarelief Cream, I found that I was seeing healing in areas I didn’t even know were damaged. My skin is combination normal/dry (I know, join the club) but overall it stays relatively clear and calm. However, as I used Cicarelief Cream, I saw dryish patches become smooth and healthy, and I was able to nip a couple blemishes in the bud before they turned nastier.

For me, Cicarelief Cream makes the perfect blemish spot treatment, or maybe an overall face cream if I find myself facing major skin changes or sensitivity, like my once-yearly sunburn I never seem to be able to avoid.

The mid-size products in this kit are the mask, Intense Moisture Cream, and an eye cream. The Eye Contour Cream whet my appetite for the full-size Eye Contour Cream Kit which I had yet to enjoy (more on that below), and the Intense Moisture Cream is actually my perfect day moisturizer, but the product I got most excited about was the Soothing Ampoule Mask.

When I received this kit, the mask was actually exclusive to the Cicarelief Cream Kit, but it has just been released on the website in a 5-pack! This sheet mask is purifying (with charcoal!), moisturizing, and revitalizing. My skin absolutely glowed after using it, and I knew I had to get my hands on it again. Well thankfully it’s easy to do so now that it’s available on the site!

I recommended Cica Cream Kit to anyone with acne-prone skin, or skin that’s prone to redness, itching, or stinging. It’s a very handy kit to have on hand in case of acne breakouts, as both the Cicarelief Cream and Soothing Ampoule Mask provide anti-acne actions, though I will warn you that you’ll get hooked on the mask and end up ordering more! (So you should just do that in the first place.)


The next kit I tried was the Extreme Cream Kit which highlights three Real Barrier formulas:

  • Extreme Cream
  • Essence Mist
  • Eye Contour Cream



By now I already knew and loved the Eye Contour Cream, so I was happy to see that guy again, but the Extreme Cream and Essence Mist were both new to me.

Extreme Cream says it all in the name. This was the richest, most lush face moisturizer I have ever used. It felt like a spa treatment, but was shockingly not greasy at all after application.

Now, I have to stop here and just shout this from the rooftops — MLE WORKS WONDERS. Like I said before, I have pretty low maintenance skin, but I had no idea how compromised my skin actually was until I saw the difference MLE made.

With Extreme Cream, my skin became softer, smoother, and more radiant. If you can believe it, my skin actually looks plumper. I think the best way to explain it is that my whole face looks and feels more youthful, in that it has a healthy glow and texture.

For my normal to dry skin, Extreme Cream is the perfect night cream, which is what I used it for. Since I had the opportunity to also try Intense Moisture Cream in the Cica Cream Kit, I found that my perfect regimen used Intense Moisture during the day, and Extreme Cream at night. However, either formula can be used for either day or night depending on your skin.

Lastly, I honestly didn’t expect to use Moisture Mist all that much since I don’t usually feel parched during the day, but that little spray became my best friend! I kept it in my purse and got into the habit of spritzing my skin around lunch time, and once I did a little spray break when I was feeling particularly stressed. My skin felt instantly refreshed, which somehow made me feel refreshed. Placebo? Maybe, but who cares?


Last but certainly not least, there was the Eye Contour Cream Kit, which as mentioned before contains the same three products as above, but with a full size Eye Contour Cream. In short, the lineup is:

  • Eye Contour Cream
  • Extreme Cream
  • Essence Mist

The unique thing about Eye Contour Cream is that it can also be used around the lips. ATOPALM calls these areas triangle zones, and says they are more prone to damage and visible signs of damage, which I personally have found to be true. The eye area in particular is usually one of the first places to show signs of aging which, frankly, I’m not ready for.

Upon application, I absolutely saw a difference in my eye area. It was like the cream brightened my eyes and made me look well-rested. I am a mom to three. I am not well-rested. But this cream made me look like it!

I also love how well it moisturized around my lips. I have never smoked so I don’t have a lot of lines or discoloration in that area, but I have noticed that it gets extra dry, especially in winter. Applying Eye Contour Cream felt like I was applying a balm that was created especially for that area, and I didn’t look like I had over-applied Chapstick around my lips.

Getting extras of Extreme Cream and Essence Mist was a huge bonus (especially so I don’t run out of Essence Mist too quickly!) and I was happy to have a full size of the Eye Contour Cream which now has a permanent place in my daily Korean beauty regimen.

I am so pleased that I was able to experience the Real Barrier line in this way and learn more about how these products could work for me! Coming from an understanding that ATOPALM specializes in dry and sensitive skin, I didn’t realize that their formulas would work so well for my normal to dry combo skin, but you can now call me a believer.


Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Seven: Moisturizing

This is step seven of our Korean skin care regimen series! If you missed the first six, you can read step one hereread step two hereread step three hereread step four here, read step five here, and read step six here.

It will come as no surprise to you that step seven of the ATOPALM Korean skin care regimen is the star of our unique program: moisturizing. As the #1 best-selling dry skin care in Korea, restoring moisture to the skin is our passion — and our forte.

When it comes to restoring and protecting moisture levels within the skin, you will find no better skin care brand than ATOPALM. Our revolutionary and proprietary ingredient multi-lamellar emulsion (MLE) ensures the restoration and support of the skin’s own lipid layer, which naturally keeps skin healthfully hydrated.

MLE is identical to the skin’s natural cross-structure. In fact, when viewed under a microscope, there is no visible different between MLE and the Maltese Cross naturally found in skin.

After you’ve completed the rest of your Korean skin care regimen, moisturizing is the second-to-last step before you’re ready to head out the door or go off to bed. It is the #1 way to protect your skin against damage during the day, and help your skin heal itself at night.

Without proper moisture levels, your skin will spend all its time trying to balance moisture instead of tending to issues like breakouts and damage that leads to premature visible signs of aging. By using a moisturizer that truly helps the skin balance its own moisture levels, you free up the body to heal and protect itself.

When selecting a daily moisturizer, it’s important to pick one that addresses your skin’s unique needs. While hydration should be the main concern for all skin types (yes, even oily skin), your formula can also contain ingredients meant for specific issues. Sometimes those ingredients may be even more hydrating ingredients, while others may offer anti-aging or acne-healing properties.

Once you have your moisturizer chosen, you will want to apply it morning and evening. Some people choose to have a lighter daytime formula and heavier nighttime formula, while others will use the same cream for both. The choice is left up to preference!

Applying your  moisturizer should be gentle yet thorough. The true Korean skin care method of application is to gently tap the cream into your skin, never rubbing or pulling the skin in order to avoid damaging delicate skin cells. You can apply “dots” of cream all over the face, and then take a few minutes to tap or pat the cream in until it’s mostly absorbed.

After application, your skin should never feel sticky or laden with too much cream; rather, it should feel refreshed and pampered. What makes K-beauty regimens so special is the time taken to truly care for the skin. If you are following this principal, you will surely feel the difference.


Acne Care for Dry Skin

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If you have dry, acne-prone skin, you know how hard it is to find a cream to address all your concerns at once. Most people associate acne blemishes with oily skin, but the truth is that many dry conditions (such as rosacea) can cause acne breakouts, leaving skin both dry and broken out.

Why does dry skin break out?
The answer to this varies. In short, you can get an acne blemish any time a hair follicle becomes clogged. In oily skin, the clog is usually caused by excess oil. But the follicles can also be clogged by cosmetic products, dirt, bacteria, and dead skin cells — the last being the major cause of acne in dry skin.

If you have dry skin, it’s often flaky and rough. There are dead skin cells galore that refuse to slough off, so instead they clog follicles, leading to breakouts. Dry skin may also try to overcompensate for its dryness by actually overproducing oil, further leading to clogs when those dead skin cells keep oil trapped.

Lastly, conditions associated with dryness, such as rosacea, come with their own forms of pimples which operate similarly to acne blemishes, though they’re not identical. Treatment for rosacea blemishes may differ from traditional acne treatments; however, when it comes to ATOPALM’s secret weapon against blemishes, you only need one product whether you’re dealing with acne or rosacea.

How do I treat pimples in dry skin?
Many popular acne treatments can be harsh and over-drying to the skin, simply because they’re meant for oily, traditionally acne-prone skin. Top acne products often contain benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient which can irritate any skin type, but positively wreak havoc on dry, sensitive skin.

Rather than exposing dry skin to overly stripping acne products, it’s important to find a formulation which will treat the blemishes without upsetting surrounding skin. In this way, you can reduce the appearance of pimples and help them heal without undoing the work of your other skin care products.

What’s the best spot treatment for dry acne-prone skin?
Call us biased if you want, but the truth is still the truth: ATOPALM Cicarelief Cream is our #1 best-selling product for acne. Not only that, but it’s an excellent blemish treatment whether your skin is dry or not! It can be used on acne blemishes as well as rosacea blemishes, and anything in between.

The unique benefits of Cicarelief Cream come from the combination of ATOPALM MLE and calamine. These two ingredients target blemishes from a healing standpoint, as well as a soothing standpoint. MLE repairs and supports skin health while calamine reduces inflammation, redness, and irritation. The result is skin that both looks and feels better while it’s actually being healed — not just covered or dried up.


Try Cicarelief Cream when you order the Real Barrier Cica Cream Kit. You’ll find a full size bottle of Cicarelief Cream, as well as mid-size versions of Extreme Cream Mask and Eye Contour Cream, all at a special discounted price.


Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Six: Eye Care

This is step six of our Korean skin care regimen series! If you missed the first five, you can read step one hereread step two hereread step three hereread step four here, and read step five here.

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Eye skin care  is one of the most important steps of any regimen, but it’s also one of the most skipped steps! Many people assume that eye care is unnecessary, or that they can simply use their normal face cream on their eye area as well.

The fact is, the eye area is one of the most delicate areas of skin on the entire body. This means that the eye area is usually one of the first places to show visible signs of aging and damage. The delicate tissue also means that it’s important to use the right skin care designed especially for the eye area in order to avoid irritation or damage.

Although ATOPALM skin care is already formulated with sensitive and compromised skin in mind, our eye care takes those ideas a step further. Our face creams won’t irritate your eye area, but you’ll be missing out on the targeted care our eye formulas provide.

ATOPALM offers two eye skin care products, each providing unique benefits so users can choose which product meets their needs best.

Our classic MLE line includes Moisturizing Eye Repair Serum, a lightweight yet rich serum-cream created to target visible signs of aging. MLE repairs the skin’s lipid layer while K6PC5 (an activator) works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E and licorice root further work to brighten, condition, and protect skin. Clinical studies show a reduction in fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles throughout the eye area. 

ATOPALM Real Barrier also offers its own eye care product. Eye Contour Cream contains a peptide to increase skin elasticity, which is a trademark of youthful skin. Hyaluronic acid combines with MLE to deeply hydrate and repair skin, all while the Real Barrier 3-Calming Complex soothes and calms irritated skin.

Once you’ve chosen the right eye skin care product for you, it’s time to apply it with the gentleness and care that K-Beauty is known for. Follow your product’s packaging directions to dispense the proper amount of product onto one of your ring fingers. Dab your other ring finger into the cream so that it’s distributed evenly between your fingers.

Now lightly tap — do not rub — the product onto the eye area, following the natural curvature of your under-eye area. Begin under the inner corners of the eyes, and gently tap in an outward motion, circling all the way up to the end of your eyebrow. After the product has been tapped in, let it set for a minute to properly absorb.

By applying your eye care properly, you’ll avoid the rubbing and tugging that can deeply damage the delicate skin, leading to the visible signs of aging you’re trying to avoid!


Best Skin Care for Irritated Skin

Even if you don’t normally have sensitive skin, chances are you’ve had a handful of times in your life when your skin has become irritated. Maybe during an illness, or after using a new skin care product that was poorly formulated. Other common causes of short-term irritation can be in-office skin procedures, or exposure to irritants like poison oak and ivy.

Regardless of the cause, Cicarelief Cream is here for you. Cicarelief Cream is a deeply healing and reparative cream formulated especially for compromised skin in need of special care. It uses MLE, panthenol, calamine, and madecassoside to soothe and promote healing in skin that has been damaged or irritated. It can be used after sunburn, reactions to natural irritants, or simply when your skin feels less than healthy.

For those who experience extreme sensitivity on a regular basis, Cicarelief Cream can be used more often to keep skin in a healthier and more comfortable state. Use it instead of your normal ATOPALM cream or, in the most extreme cases, in addition to your daily cream. The calamine and panthenol go that extra mile to soothe irritation and restore health.

Last but certainly not least, Cicarelief Cream makes an excellent acne breakout treatment! The soothing ingredients help reduce redness and inflammation while ATOPALM MLE goes to work on repairing the skin barrier. Use it as an acne spot treatment, or on larger areas of the face if you are very acne-prone.

Try Cicarelief Cream today when you purchase the Cicarelief Cream Kit! Offered at a special low price, it features a full-size Cicarelief Cream, as well as mid-size versions of Extreme Cream Mask, Intense Moisture Cream, and Eye Contour Cream. Cicarelief Cream Kit is the perfect way to experience many new ATOPALM products at once, and give your skin the gift of health through ATOPALM Real Barrier.


How Dry Skin Ages You

The woes of dry skin are well-known: flaking, itching, burning, peeling. It’s an uncomfortable affliction that plagues many, yet there’s one effect of dry skin that isn’t often talked about — how dry skin causes skin to look older than it should.

Dry and aging skin are one in the same. If your skin is dry, you lose the plumpness of youth. Fine lines and wrinkles appear sooner and are more defined. Crow’s feet around the eyes and creases around the mouth arrive far before their time. Combined with the redness and rough skin texture of dry skin, and you’re left with a complexion deprived of its natural, healthy beauty and the comfort you deserve.

The good news is that by targeting the root cause of premature signs of skin aging — dry skin — you can reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging, and even prevent new ones from appearing. By restoring the skin’s moisture levels and lipid layer, you’ll also be restoring a youthful appearance to your face.

ATOPALM MLE accomplishes this flawlessly. By focusing on restoring the skin’s natural lipid layer, your putting the power of healthy skin back into the care and control of the skin itself. Think of MLE like arming your skin against discomfort, damage, and premature signs of skin aging.

Because MLE perfectly mimics the skin’s own lipid layer, the skin readily accepts its help and begins to function normally again. Moisture levels become balanced, and damage from environmental factors is less likely to occur.

As moisture levels rise, skin plumpness is restored and fine lines and wrinkles appear filled from the inside out. Skin is smoother, more radiant, and healthier. Last but not least, comfort is returned to the skin — itching, flaking, and stinging are banished.

The use of MLE products by ATOPALM is the #1 way to restore balance to the skin and target visible signs of aging caused by dryness. Try ATOPALM today and see the difference for yourself.