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!

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Back to School K-Beauty Hacks for Moms

School’s back in session, which means you’re back to drop off lines and PTA meetings. Don’t let crammed mornings get in the way of taking care of your skin — just turn to these ATOPALM Korean beauty skin care tricks to keep your skin happy, healthy, and beautiful without demanding too much time.

These time-saving formulas can be used on their own if you’re in a rush, or incorporated into a more complete Korean skin care routine when you have more time to spare!

Cleanse with Cleansing Water, ATOPALM’s own water-free cleanser! This formula actually cleans skin without the use of water, meaning you can simply swipe skin to purify it before moving onto your next skin care step! MLE and other moisturizers wrap your skin in its first layer of moisture, making sure you stay far away from the dryness and tightness associated with harsh skin care cleansers.

 

Moisturize with Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream. Formulated once again with MLE, this excellent cream provides your skin with a richer dose of moisture while also perfectly prepping it for makeup application. Think of it as your day cream and makeup primer in one quick step!

 

 

Body care is just as important as face skin care, so don’t forget to treat your shoulders, knees, and toes (and everywhere in between) with Moisturizing Body Lotion. This lush formula features MLE and other skin-boosting ingredients to repair the skin’s natural lipid layer on the entire body.

 

These three go-to formulas may not be a complete Korean beauty regimen, but they sure get the job done when you’re short on time!

Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Four: Treatment

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

This step focuses on targeted skin care treatments. Consider step four your way to diversify your skin care regimen and pay attention to your biggest skin care concerns.

One thing to remember is that the K-Beauty regimen puts a lot of emphasis on truly caring for the skin, not just with the right products, but with how you touch and manipulate your skin. All of your products should be gently applied, with more of a tapping or massaging motion than a rough rubbing motion, and treatments are no exception.

Since the treatment step is your chance to focus on your skin care concern, here are a few ATOPALM products that can be used depending on what you’re concerns are. You can use as many or few as you like, as all ATOPALM products are designed to work together without stressing the skin.

 

Concern: Aging Skin
Product: Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex

Formulated with peptides, vitamin C, and an anti-aging skin care activator known as K6PC5, Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex is all you need to fight fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, and other visible signs of aging. It of course also features MLE to further hydrate skin, which adds an extra boost of anti-aging action as it allows skin to maintain a youthful plumpness and suppleness.

 

Concern: Extreme Dryness and Sensitivity
Product: ATOPALM 130+ Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol

While all ATOPALM products are created with moisture and the skin’s lipid barrier in mind, ATOPALM 130+ is specially formulated for extremely dry, sensitive, and compromised skin types. Formulated with 30% more active ingredients, ATOPALM 130+ features our richest, most replenishing products. Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol takes this a step further with its star ingredient —you guessed it — panthenol, which is well-known for its deep soothing abilities.

 

Concern: Externally Irritated and Acne-Prone Skin
Product: Real Barrier Cicarelief Cream

One of our newest products is also one of our best treatments for acne blemishes, as well as skin that’s been irritated by external aggressors, like poison oak and ivy. These traits also make it an excellent treatment for use after minor dermatological procedures. Alongside MLE, Cicarelief Cream uses calamine to deeply soothe irritation including redness, itching, and stinging. But the treatment doesn’t stop there! Cicarelief also features panthenol and madecassoside to continue comforting skin long after its been applied.

Concern: Getting the Most from Your Skin Care
Product: Real Barrier Intro Serum

If you don’t have a specific skin care concern, Intro Serum is for you! Think of it as a skin care booster — it actually maximizes the benefits you get from every other ATOPALM product. It can be used alongside any of the previously mentioned treatments, or as your one and only Korean skin care regimen treatment.

The Best Korean Skin Care for Babies and Children

Before ATOPALM became the #1 best-selling dry skin care in Korea, it started as one simple product created to treat ectopic dermatitis in babies and children. In fact, MLE itself was only discovered due to a father’s desire to heal his sons of their eczema!

ATOPALM founder Dr. Park found that all of the existing treatments for atopic dermatitis had harsh side effects, including thinning of the skin. He set out to find a treatment that would heal his children’s skin without adverse effects, and what he found would change the world of skin care.

This discovery was a MLE (Multi-Lamellar Emulsion), an ingredient that perfectly mimics the skin’s natural lipid structure. Not only that, it allows for quick and thorough ingredient absorption, which means that all of the skin care products containing MLE would work more efficiently.

Today, ATOPALM is respected and beloved around the world, but many people don’t even realize that it can be used to treat the skin of babies and children! Our original product, Intensive Moisturizing Cream, is one of the safest and gentlest ways to heal and protect the ultra sensitive skin of our youngest loved ones.

ATOPALM MLE soothes and calms dry skin and sensitive skin without the use of parabens or other harmful ingredients. It isn’t greasy or cloying, and it provides instant relief, which makes it great for use on children. Lastly, ATOPALM is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, ensuring safe use on your little one’s skin.

Your baby deserves the best in everything, including skin care. You don’t have to settle for cheap baby wash just because it’s the norm! Caring for the delicate skin of children takes more than drugstore oatmeal creams; what your child needs is true skin care.

Don’t take our word for it; try ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream on your child’s skin and see the results for yourself. Shop today to claim a special low price, available only on ATOPALM.com.

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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.

Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Three: Essence

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

When most people think of Korean skin care, they think of Essence. Essence began as a skin care step unique to K-Beauty. Now, many other beauty routines include Essence, but it will always be an essential step in the Korean skin care regimen!

Essence is a toner/serum hybrid that is applied after cleansing, but before any skin care treatments. It’s made to add an extra layer of hydration to the skin while supporting healthy cell function.

ATOPALM Real Barrier Essence Mist takes this practice to a whole new level. It provides 24 hours of hydration with a dual-action formula that also nourishes and soothes dry skin. The convenient spray-on design allows you to refresh skin anytime, anywhere.

In addition to ATOPALM MLE, Essence Mist uses hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin, while Real Barrier three-calming complex uses panthenol, madecassoside, and allantoin to instantly and deeply comfort dry, irritated skin.

Essence Mist is proven to be non-irritating, and is free of 10 of the most common skin-irritating compounds. It is also clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours, promising lasting moisture that keeps skin healthy and comfortable.

The Essence step is one of the things that put Korean skin care on the map. ATOPALM Real Barrier Essence Mist will ensure that K-Beauty stays on the map.

After Sun Skin Care Tips for Dry and Sensitive Skin

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For many people, dry skin ends as soon as winter does! Dry skin during summer is less common than during winter, but for true dry skin sufferers, summer can bring with it a whole new slew of dry and sensitive skin issues.

But there is hope! Here are our tips for keeping your dry, sensitive skin healthy and comfortable all summer long.

 

Keep it Cool
Staying cool is essential for all sensitive skin sufferers, but especially for those with rosacea. Remaining indoors or in the shade will keep skin cooler and help prevent excess redness and flushing. It also helps prevent sweating, which can further irritate skin.

If you live in an area that gets very hot during summer, staying cool might be tricky, but it is possible. The obvious first suggestion is to stay indoors or at least in covered, shady areas. If that’s not possible, wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your skin from direct sunlight, or use a parasol to keep skin shaded. As a last defense, spritz your skin with water throughout the day to cool its surface temperature, or take a quick dip in the pool to reduce your core body temperature. (Just remember to shower and moisturize after!)

Keep it Clean
As previously mentioned, sweat can irritate sensitive skin. Sweat on its own is not an irritant; however, for sensitive skin, sweat can lead to itching and discomfort as it dries. This can leave skin feeling worn, tight, and tired.

The simplest way to prevent sweat-caused irritation is to stay clean. After exercising or spending time in the sun, bathe if you can, or use a wet washcloth to very gently remove excess sweat and cool the skin’s surface. This way, you’ll fully avoid the discomfort and irritation caused by sweat drying on your skin.

Keep it Moisturized
Moisturizing during summer doesn’t provide the same satisfaction as it does during winter. If you’re already hot, your moisturizing cream may feel heavy or cloying. If you head outside immediately after you finish your skin care routine, you may start to sweat through your products.

However, keeping skin moisturized during summer is an absolute must. It allows the skin to maintain its healthy functions, giving it the ability to better protect itself against sun damage. Think of moisturizing like giving the skin the tools it needs to perform its best. Plus, your skin will look and feel healthier, too!

Moisture Mist is a fast and easy way to deliver rich moisture to the skin without feeling too heavy. It’s perfect for extremely dry skin types that need a pick-me-up midday, or for any other skin type after it’s lost moisture from summer play. It makes a great post-shave treatment, after sun soother, skin refresher and more. It makes summer moisturizing a breeze!

 

By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the healthier, more comfortable skin all summer long.

 

Korean Skin Care Regimen Step-by-Step Guide, Step Two: Cleansing

This is step two of our Korean skin care regimen series! If you missed step one, don’t worry! Click here to read about ATOPALM Cleansing Water

Step two of the ATOPALM K-Beauty skin care regimen is cleansing. If you’re wondering why it’s not step one, then you haven’t read about Cleansing Water yet!

When you’re ready to cleanse, ATOPALM has two cleansing options for you: Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam from the classic MLE line, and Real Barrier Cleansing Foam. They both offer a rich, velvety cleansing texture with MLE, but each gives you a unique spin with specialized ingredients.

Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam relies on purity and simplicity. Featuring only the gentlest cleansing ingredients, Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam removes impurities, debris, and makeup with a lush foaming texture that soothes the instant it touches your skin.

Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam is a favorite of those with ultra sensitive skin who want their cleanser to focus on one job and one job only: to cleanse. After use, the skin feels soft, and already embraced by a light layer of moisture.

Real Barrier Cleansing Foam offers calming and soothing actions in a different way. Instead of relying on a simple, pure formula to keep from irritating skin, Real Barrier Cleansing Foam utilizes botanical ingredients to calm and comfort dry, sensitive skin.

An incredible formula of panthenol, allantoin, madecassoside, sunflower seed oil, broccoli sprout extract, wheat sprout extract, bergamot fruit oil, and of course MLE works to beautifully wrap the skin in nourishment and comfort. A natural oil-based fragrance delights the senses, and the product’s rich texture wraps skin in foundation of moisture.

In K-Beauty, the way you cleanse is almost as important as the product you choose. Korean beauty regimens are based on respecting and truly loving your skin, and this extends to the force you imply when applying your Korean skin care products.

When cleansing, apply a pump of your foam to your hand and begin to very gently rub it over your face in circular motions. View it more as a light facial massage, rather than a scrubbing marathon. Rinse under comfortably cool water, and pat — never rub — dry.

Have you tried both ATOPALM cleansers? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment to let us know!

Why the Eye Area Ages First

Have you ever noticed that most people start getting fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes before anywhere else? If you haven’t noticed already, you won’t be able to miss it now!

The fact is, the eye area shows visible signs of aging before any other spot on the face, and sometimes even the body! (Some are prone to sun spots on their hands early on as well.) The reasons for these premature visible signs of aging are simple: fragility, damage, and lack of moisture.

The skin around the eyes is especially thin and delicate, which makes it more likely to become damaged. On top of that, the eye area experiences a lot of damage! It takes sun damage, physical damage (rubbed your eyes lately?), and, for many people, damage from harsh makeup products being applied and removed on a daily basis. Finally, this thin skin has fewer sebaceous glands, leading to lower moisture levels.

When you look at it that way, it makes sense that the eye area often has dark circles, puffiness or bags, fine lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles.

Second only to the eye area, the area surrounding the mouth ages earlier for the exact same reasons. People normally see changes to their eye area, and then notice visible signs of aging in the mouth area a few months later.

The fact that these two areas of the face show signs of aging first has led skin care experts to create a new way to describe them: the triangle zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As shown in the illustration above, within the large triangle zone are smaller triangle zones in need of extra care. If you’re not sure whether or not your triangle zones need more extreme skin care, ask yourself if the following statements are true for you:

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it comes time to focus on the triangle zones, Atopalm has made it as easy as possible to do so by offering two eye care products that can also be used around the mouth. These multi-tasking formulas provide exceptional anti-aging skin care while remaining as gentle and moisturizing as the other Atopalm products.

Read more about Real Barrier Eye Contour Cream and Atopalm Moisturizing Eye Repair Serum to decide which formula is right for you.

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!