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!

A Quest for Healing: The Passionate Roots of Atopalm

“I’m also grateful for whatever force in me never let me give up. That I held onto that voice inside me that told me to find my own way, not to give in and follow anyone else, no matter how compelling their example seemed or their desire for me.” – Dr. Park, A Quest for Healing
Most successes in life are made possible by one driving force — passion. Atopalm is no exception.

Dr. Raymond Park, creator of MLE and founder of Atopalm, began his journey when two of his three sons could not be cured of their acute atopic dermatitis, otherwise known as eczema. Dr. Park devoted his life to developing the first viable bio-identical non-prescription formula for healing and protecting the skin barrier — and succeeded in reaching his goal.

During his years of hard work developing this revolutionary skin care ingredient, Dr. Park was faced with the struggle of needing to devote his time and energy to his breakthrough formula, which meant he was not spending that time with the very sons he was working so hard to heal.


A Quest for Healing is the story of Dr. Park and his dedication to discovering multi-lamellar emulsion while facing the unforeseen difficulties of his own cultural conditioning, troubled relationships, and expectations of himself as a father.

A Quest for Healing is available for digital download at an introductory price of $0.99. This price is available for a limited time only, so don’t delay!

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“It didn’t matter that the next part of my direction wasn’t clear because the most important thing was clear: I had taken my own direction. There was something inside me, invisible yet completely real, that was guiding me. In spite of any fears or doubts that might arise in my mind or heart, that something would be there and I knew somehow that I would be able to count on it. I could move forward with faith.” – Dr. Park, A Quest for Healing

Treatments for Seasonal Skin Irritation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get Glowing with Anti-Aging Skin Care

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Atopalm 130+ Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol

Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol is designed to target dryness

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

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

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Korean Beauty Tricks You’ll Love

Source: flickr.com user Lisa Risager
Source: flickr.com user Lisa Risager

The K-Beauty world is growing by the second, and it’s not secret why — Korean beauty uses advanced ingredients while simultaneously focusing on respecting and loving your skin. This combination packs a powerful punch when it comes to skin care!

There are many examples of Korean skin care revolutionizing the industry, but here’s just a few of our favorites.

 

 

Double Cleansing
That’s right, step one involves cleansing — twice! Every skin care regimen emphasizes the importance of cleansing, but chances are you’re only cleansing once in the morning and once in the evening. (And we all skip that evening cleanse once in a while!)

For the Korean skin care regimen, you cleanse twice, two times a day. But it’s not as simple as using your foaming cleanser twice in a row. Instead, you wash with a normal face wash, and follow it up with a gentle “cleansing water” which you use without tap water.

Cleansing water removes any trace of makeup or debris your regular cleanser may have left behind, and is often also formulated with moisturizing and nourishing ingredients to give your skin a boost even before you apply your face cream. Now that’s worth an extra cleansing step!

Sheet Masks
By now we’ve all seen photos of celebrities posting with a horror movie-worthy white sheet mask on their face. Or maybe you’ve even used a fun printed sheet mask, which turns you into a tiger or panda for a few minutes!

Sheet masks are papery sheets (shocker!) infused with skin-improving ingredients. Gone are the days of messy cream masks; sheet masks are more like intensive serums which can do everything from moisturize to exfoliate.

Between the ease of applying and removing these masks, and the fact that they are often ultra-affordable, we don’t think this Kbeauty trend will be disappearing anytime soon. Read this blogger’s experience using sheet masks for just a few days in a row >>

Face Massage
Who doesn’t love an excuse for a massage?! Turns out massaging your face can help reduce puffiness and encourage a healthy, natural glow — all by manually stimulating the skin to boost circulation. Increased circulation within the skin is also known for helping to clear breakouts, so you may be in for a bonus if your massage your face regularly!

Make sure to massage with the muscles instead of against them. Use the knuckles of your first two fingers to massage from under your cheekbones, moving in upward strokes. Press firmly, but you should feel comfortable the whole time.

Still using your knuckles, massage along the sides of your nose to the top of your forehead, then around the edges of your face. Lastly, use your fingertips to gently massage under your eyes.

You can do all this during your cleansing or moisturizing step, which will help your hands glide across your face without discomfort.

Do you have a favorite K-beauty skin care tip? Share it with us in the comments!