Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Five: 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!

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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.

 

Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Five: Masks

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

You may wonder how step five of ATOPALM’s Korean skin care regimen could be masks since ATOPALM.com doesn’t feature any face masks! While K-beauty flew to popularity with the use of sheet masks, that’s one arena that ATOPALM USA hasn’t joined.

Why? Because our skin care creams make such excellent face masks on their own! Since we know that ATOPALM creams can double as face masks, we believe that our customers should get to stick to the formulas they love, and not worry about adding more products to their skin care routine.

One thing to note is that, while K-beauty masks are listed as step five of the ATOPALM Korean skin care regimen, this does not mean that you should use a face mask cream as your fourth step every day. Rather, incorporate this deep moisturizing process once or twice a week, preferably in the evening.

If you’re looking forward to using your favorite ATOPALM cream as a face mask, but you’re not sure where to begin, read on to learn how to apply ATOPALM cream as a face mask.

Step one: choose a cream. Any ATOPALM cream can technically be used as a face mask, but we do have a couple of recommendations based on the various ingredients and formula concentrations we offer on ATOPALM.com.

For example, Intensive Moisturizing Cream is our best-selling moisturizer and can be used as a face mask, but you may see more noticeable results when using one of our Real Barrier formulas, due to the presence of the Real Barrier three-calming complex. Likewise, extremely dry or sensitive skin types may prefer to use an ATOPALM 130+ formula as their face mask to give their skin an intense dose of moisture and comfort.

Step two: begin your skin care process, with step one, step two, step three, and step four of the ATOPALM Korean skin care regimen. When you get to step five (normally Moisturize), move instead into the face mask application process. Note that step four is Treatment, but does include some of our face creams that can be used for treatment purposes. If your mask cream of choice is one of these treatment products, you can apply your mask as step four of the regimen.

Step three: apply as a mask. Instead of gently patting your cream into your skin, apply a thicker-than-normal layer and allow it to sink in gradually. This allows the cream to begin moisturizing immediately, but also to “drink in” the formula naturally, resulting in a more natural moisturization process. It also gives the formula’s active ingredients time to begin working on the surface of the skin before penetrating deeper to repair and replenish from the inside out.

You will be amazed at the difference this application process makes, even if you’re using your normal daily moisturizer as a mask! If you try this special face mask application, please leave us a comment below to let us know your thoughts!

NEW Real Barrier Products on Atopalm.com

Real Barrier by Atopalm is a favorite among Atopalm customers. Featuring the same MLE found in all our products, Real Barrier takes skin care a step further with other moisturizing ingredients, as well as a unique three-calming complex that soothes and comforts skin.

We are pleased to announce that we are adding three brand new ingredients to our Real Barrier line, only on Atopalm.com! These new products have some of the most advanced formulas we’ve ever offered, still utilizing MLE and Real Barrier’s three-calming complex. That’s not all, though — read on to learn how these three products offer unique benefits to treat a variety of skin types and concerns.

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 by dermatological procedures or environmental aggressors like poison oak and ivy, sunburn, and more. Read more about Cica Cream to learn if it’s the right moisturizer for you.

Deep Moist Cream features MLE, vitamin E, snow lotus extract, and an advanced blend of oils including green tea, macadamia, jojoba, sunflower seed, olive fruit, sweet almond, bergamot, sage, eucalyptus, and peppermint. This varied blend of ingredients provide excellent moisture and protection against irritation, all while fighting free radicals with antioxidants and supporting a healthy look and feel. Read more about Deep Moist Cream to find out if it’s the right moisturizer for you.

Deep Moist Lotion boasts the same extensive ingredient list as Deep Moist Cream, with a lighter-weight texture that’s great for normal, combination, and even oily skin types. You’ll still gain the same incredible moisturizing and protective benefits, but you’ll be able to choose which texture suits your skin best.  Read more about Deep Moist Lotion to find out if it’s the right moisturizer for you.

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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The Biggest K-Beauty Trends of 2016

cleansingwaterThe Korean Beauty market (otherwise known as K-Beauty) is changing the beauty industry around the world. Former naysayers have tried the 10-step Korean skincare routine and seen firsthand the transformative power of treating their skin with care, respect, and gentle ingredients.

Now, more and more people are paying attention to K-Beauty and how they can take Korean skincare ideals and apply them to their own skincare routine. Here’s a look at four of the biggest K-Beauty skincare trends and how they can be introduced into your daily beauty regimen.

  1. Cleansing Oils
    A cleansing oil is a non-comedogenic oil blend designed to melt away makeup and debris while nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Nothing will leave your skin as clean as a cleansing oil will! It’s used in addition to — not instead of — your normal skin care cleanser, so it’s very easy to add into your routine without replacing a current favorite.
  2. Water-Free Cleansing
    Another cleansing trend to come from Korean beauty is a water-free cleansing regimen. Special moisturizing cleansers, like our Real Barrier Cleansing Water, is able to provide all the benefits of traditional cleansing without exposing your skin to the harsh possibilities of water. Any skin type can benefit from this cleansing option, but it’s especially beneficial for dry skin, sensitive skin, or those with hard water at home.
  3. Sheet Masks
    One K-Beauty trend you’ve most certainly heard of is sheet masks. These pre-soaked sheets are saturated with concentrated skin care ingredients to give your skin a boost. They are usually inexpensive, gentle enough for daily use, and widely available. Bonus: some are even patterned, which really ups your #sheetmaskselfie game.
  4. Moisture Matters
    One interesting trend to come from Korean beauty this year is to pay more attention to how the skin is hydrated, rather than just caring about it being hydrated in general. Some brands changed the water base of their products to filtered or even mineral water, while Atopalm emphasized the restorative and deeply hydrating benefits of our patented MLE. One Korean celebrity says her trick is to apply skin care moisturizer to her face within five seconds of cleansing.

Whether or not you add any K-Beauty tips to your skin care regimen, one thing’s certain: the Korean beauty industry is seriously impacting the beauty world at large. Atopalm is proud to be the #1 dry skin care brand in South Korea for 10 years and running, and we’re excited to see what our peers add to the beauty world next!

 

Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Acne-Prone Skin

Although Atopalm caters to dry, sensitive skin types, many of our customers also experience acne breakouts! Skin dryness is actually a cause of acne, and keeping skin properly hydrated and protected can keep breakouts at bay.

Another way to keep skin clear and healthy? Eating well. A poor diet is a well-known trigger for blemishes and even oily skin, so check out these skin care tips for how to eat right for your acne-prone skin type.

Do Eat:

Fish and flaxseed
Besides sounding like a hipster restaurant, fish and flaxseed go together because they’re both high in omega-3 fatty acids. The common western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to increase inflammation, a common trigger for acne. Instead, up your omega-3s to balance things out.

Green tea
Studies have shown that EGCG, a potent antioxidant found in green tea, is capable of reducing the size of sebaceous glands, as well as diminishing sebum production. Since those with acne typically have enlarged sebaceous glands and higher sebum (oil) production, the belief is that diminishing those things will lead to clearer skin.

A second study used an 8-week randomized, split-face clinical trial to test whether EGCG could help clear acne. The results showed a significant improvement in acne appearance when using EGCG, making green tea a great dietary choice, or topical application, for acne-prone and oily skin types.

Oysters
If you haven’t tried oysters yet, now may be the time! Many studies have shown that zinc may help reduce the appearance of acne, and that food sources are the best way to get more zinc in your life. Guess which food has high levels of zinc? That’s right, oysters!

Good news, though; toasted wheat germ, roast beef, pumpkin seeds, and dried watermelon seeds also boast high zinc levels, so you may be able to get away without the oyster shots.

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Source: flickr.com user Lilia Ann

Fresh juice
We all know that fruits and veggies help keep us healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended amount. That’s why fresh juice is so great! Add some dark, leafy greens, berries, and citrus to your juicer or high-powered blender, and let the produce’s beta-carotenes help control oil production and inflammation.

Probiotics
It’s becoming more and more obvious that gut health is related to whole body health, and that inflammation is the villain in most poor health stories. Eating healthfully is extremely important when it comes to gut health, but another high priority is making sure to consume probiotics.

One study showed that intestinal microflora may have a direct affect on whole body inflammation, including acne inflammation. Similarly, another study showed that those with acne were more likely to have toxins within their gut. The belief now is that gut health is indeed directly related to skin health, and that prebiotics and probiotics are essential to both.

You can boost your probiotics consumption by eating high-quality yogurt (no sugar added is preferable), keifir, dark chocolate, microalgae, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha tea.

Now that we’ve taken a look at things you can eat to help your skin, check out this list of foods to avoid if you have acne-prone skin.

Don’t Eat:

Cow’s milk
Many studies have shown a link between cow’s milk consumption and increased acne, but scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact reason why. One theory is that cow’s milk spikes blood sugar and insulin levels, which increase inflammation and skin oil, both risk factors for acne breakouts.

Another theory is that, because commercial milk often comes from pregnant cows, it contains hormones that can trigger unhealthy sebum levels and skin cell overgrowth, both things that lead to clogged pores.

Lastly, milk allergy can actually present itself in the form of skin conditions such as acne and even eczema. While cow’s milk may not be the cause of your acne, it’s worth eliminating it for a time (4-6 weeks) to see if your skin improves.

Sugar
This one is kind of a no-brainer since sugar is linked to many health issues. One thing that sets sugar apart is that a sugar-related breakout often occurs within a day or even hours of spiking your blood sugar with a high amount of sugar at once. This means that you’ll probably be fine eating a small amount of sugar any given day, but that soda and candy bar combo is a no-go. (It should be anyway, but I digress.)

High-glycemic foods
High glycemic foods are foods which break down quickly after being eaten. They raise blood sugar levels similarly to sugar, and also trigger hormone fluctuations and inflammation. These foods include white and refined carbs, like white bread, boxed cereals, pretzels, chips, etc. Instead, choose complex, low-glycemic carbs like product and whole grains.

Artificial food
Artificial colors and flavors cause similar issues to the ones linked with high-glycemic foods. They increase your risk of inflammation and hormonal imbalance, both of which are directly tied to breakouts and other skin issues.

Fast food
Fast food is an interesting one, because it all comes down to inflammation. Greasy fast food has already been shown to increase any inflammation-related conditions (including asthma!) so it’s a given that it would increase your risk of acne breakouts. If you must hit a drive-through, try a salad instead of the fries.

What about chocolate?
Does eating chocolate cause acne, or is that an old wives tale? Well, the jury’s actually sill out on that one. First it was said to certainly increase your risk of a breakout, then it was thought that chocolate didn’t have an impact – negative or positive – at all. THEN it was said to actually help acne! And now? One recent study showed it may slightly increase your risk, but the study was small and more evidence is needed.

Our advice? Eat chocolate like you would any other indulgence — moderately, and as part of an otherwise healthy and balanced diet.

Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Sensitive Skin

When it comes to sensitive skin, treating your symptoms holistically is one of the most effective ways to keep outbreaks at bay. And when we say holistically, we don’t mean using wooden necklaces to magically heal symptoms! We mean holistic in the literal sense — by looking at the system as a whole, rather than treating bits and pieces of the body.

Sensitive skin and diet have been proven to have a strong connection. Just ask someone with a food allergy who deals with eczema, or a person who avoids spicy foods as to not set off their rosacea. If you have sensitive skin, eating right for your skin type is just as important as choosing the right skin care products.

If you have sensitive skin, it is more reliable to avoid certain foods rather than eat certain foods. You may find that some foods help your sensitive skin, but as you’re getting started, try cutting out the following foods to see if your skin condition improves.

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Source: flickr.com user takeitez

Dairy
Dairy is a common trigger food, especially for eczema. You don’t have to be lactose intolerant to avoid dairy — dairy allergies are entirely different, but just as legitimate. Whey and casein (milk proteins) are usually the allergy culprits, so also avoid food products made with those ingredients. Great dairy alternatives include nut milks, rice milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk.

Wine
There’s probably a lot of groaning for this one, but it’s important. The tannins found in wine (especially red wine) can be a skin irritant, especially for those with rosacea. Wine tannins can cause skin flushing and hives, and is also a dehydrator. White wine might be ok in small amounts, but be sure to be aware of how your skin is looking and feeling after you indulge.

Additives
Artificial colors, preservatives, artificial flavors, MSG…Additives are unhealthy for the system, so they’re unhealthy for your skin. Canned, frozen, and boxed foods generally contain additives, but you also have to watch out for foods masquerading as healthy but hiding a list of additives. These foods can include yogurt, diet snacks, and so much more.

Gluten
True, being gluten-free has become very popular in the last few years, but that doesn’t mean that genuine gluten allergies don’t exist. Celiac disease causes people to be unable to eat gluten without suffering from awful symptoms, including itchy, blistering rashes called dermatitis herpetiformis. Even those without celiac disease can have a gluten intolerance, which can cause skin issues like acne and eczema.

Eggs
Egg whites (and sometimes the yolk) can cause a skin rash by triggering your body’s histamine response. Sometimes this reaction happens within minutes of eating an egg, while other times you may not notice a rash until hours later. In extreme reactions, the rash will turn into hives and you’ll have a full-blown allergic reaction on your hands. If you suspect eggs to be causing your skin issues, remove them from your diet for two weeks and see if your skin condition improves.

Avoiding common foods is certainly inconvenient, but seeing your skin regain health, beauty, and comfort will be the incentive you need to stick with it.