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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K-Beauty Review: Real Barrier Extreme Cream

같은 제품을 다섯통 이상 산 건 처음이에요

This is the first time I’ve bought more than five of the same product.

저는 속은 건조하고 겉은 조금 기름이 도는 복합성 피부고 저희 엄마는 심한 건성이라 항상 다른 제품의 크림을 각자 사용했는대 아토팜을 만나고 같은 크림을 나눠 쓸 수 있게 됐어요! ㅠㅠ 속의 건조함은 잡아주대 겉은 부드럽고 기름기 없이 마무리 해줘요! ! 신세계!! 크림은 항상 처음에만 좋게 느껴지고 쓸 수록 단점이 보여서 완전히 맘에 드는 제품을 만난적이 없는대 아토팜을 만난후 계속 재구매 하고 있어요 좋은 얘기만 해서 믿음이 갈지 모르겠지만 알바비 모아서 꼬박꼬박 제 돈으로 구매 하고 있으니 혹시 복합성이라서 크림 고민 많으셨던분 추천드려요! 복합성은 너무 촉촉하면 기름지고 보송하면 건조해서 늘 고민이잖아요ㅠㅠ 아토팜은 속 촉촉 겉 보송을 지켜줘요!! 성분 착하다는 얘기를 많이 들어서 구매 한 거 였는대 역시 순하고 허브향이 솔솔 나서 밤에 세수하고 크림 바를 때 기분이 너무 좋아요 ! 단점이 있다면!!! 저만 그런지 모르겠지만 너무 금방 바닥을 보여요ㅠㅠ 좋아서 듬뿍 바른 제 탓도 있지만 용량이 좀 많이 작은 기분 ㅠㅠ 그래서 세통 미리 쟁여 놨어요ㅠㅠ 덕분에 텅장 됐네요 돈없는 21살은 웁니다ㅠㅠ

I have both dry and oily combination skin, whereas my mother has extremely dry skin. So, we always used different cream products until now. After discovering Atopalm, we no longer have to use different products!

It moisturizes the inside of the skin while leaving the surface of the skin smooth and oil free with a velvet finish. I’ve found a new world!!  Most creams feel good at first but show their drawbacks with repeated use. I’ve never found a product that perfectly satisfy my needs, but I’ve been purchasing Atopalm ever since I found it. I know this may sound too good to be true, but I’ve been regularly repurchasing the product with my own money saved from my part-time work pay.

I highly recommend it for people who have combination skin and is concerned about what type of cream to use. Choosing the right cream is tricky for combination skin type, because when a cream is too heavy, the skin becomes too oily, and if the cream is too light, the skin becomes dry. Atopalm leaves the inside of your skin moisturized while giving a soft finish!!

I originally bought it because I heard a lot about its ingredients that are good and friendly to the skin. As expected, it was mild to the skin and the herb scent was so pleasant that it felt so nice when I applied it after cleansing my face! I don’t know if it’s just me, but the only negative thing about this product is that it runs out so fast. I guess it’s because I apply it so generously all the time.

Anyway, I feel the product has a small volume.  That’s why I bought three of them in advance. Thanks to that, I’m broke now. What a poor 21-year-old.

Review originally featured here: http://www.neopharmshop.co.kr/main/detail_reviewpop.asp?guid=24947

 

Review: Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream for Dry Skin

건성피부에는 모이스쳐크림!

Intense Moisture Cream is the answer for dry skin!

이번에 선물을 받게 되어서 리얼베리어 수분크림을 처음 사용해봤습니다!

I received the Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream as a present and used it out for the first time!

사실 제가 민감성이고 복합성이라서 수분 부족형 지성이에요ㅠㅠㅠ

그래서 수분크림이 늘 필수입니다!

근데 또 제가 예민해서 끈적이는 것은 싫어하고 가리는게 많아요ㅠㅠ

I have sensitive and combination skin, which means my skin is oily and dry.

That is why a moisturizing cream is a must for me.

However, since my skin is sensitive, I hate using creams that feel sticky. Yes, I can’t help but be picky.

하지만 리얼베리어 수분크림은 저에게 딱 맞는 느낌을 주어서 글을 쓰게 되었습니다!

수분크림도 너무 강한 제품들을 써보면 가끔 얼굴이 따갑다는 느낌을 받을때가 있는데요ㅠㅠ

리얼베리어 모이스처크림은 바르는 순간 끈적이지도 않고 바로 흡수되어서 속까지 채워주는 느낌이 들어서 너무 좋더라구요!

그리고 밤에 바르고 자면 그 다음날까지도 촉촉한 느낌이 들어요!

제가 수분크림을 진짜 비싼 브랜드까지 엄청 이것저것 써봤는데 리얼베리어만한게 없는 것 같아요!

안그래도 이번에 수분크림 두개 더 사 놓으려고 합니다!

But the Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream felt like a perfect match for my skin, which is why I’m leaving this review!

When I use moisturizing creams that are too strong my skin sometimes feels irritated and sore.

Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream does not feel sticky and is absorbed into the skin as soon as I apply it, leaving my skin feeling replenished.

Also, when I apply it at night and wake up the next morning, my skin still feels moisturized.

I’ve used a whole variety of moisturizing creams, some even from very expensive brands, but I haven’t found any cream that works as well as Real Barrier.

I plan on buying two more of these!

저처럼 민감성이거나 수분 부족형 지성분들은 모이스처크림 강력 추천할게용

If you have sensitive, combination skin type like me, I highly recommend this moisturizing cream.

Review originally featured here: http://www.neopharmshop.co.kr/main/detail_reviewpop.asp?guid=25720

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.

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.

 

Best Summer Skin Care Products

Keeping skin safe in summer shouldn’t be a hassle! Don’t let summer skin care feel like a chore; simply keep it healthy and comfortable with ATOPALM.

All skin needs specialized care during summer, but dry and sensitive skin types are very prone to sun damage. Dry skin can become even drier with prolonged sun exposure, plus pool chlorine and salt water can also demolish what little moisture your dry skin was able to hold onto!

When it comes to sensitive skin, sun exposure, chlorine, and salt water also cause issues, but these issues are often even more extreme than what dry skin deals with. Sensitive skin conditions like rosacea are worsened by heat alone, and simply become worse with direct sun and water exposure. Then there are those conditions linked directly to sun exposure, like polymorphous light eruption, which is an allergic reaction to the sun!

But here’s some great news: most summertime dry skin conditions and sensitive skin issues can be addressed with ATOPALM products! All ATOPALM products can be used year-round, but some formulas in particular are fantastic for preventing and calming summer skin care concerns. Here’s a look at just a few:

 

ATOPALM Moisture Mist is a versatile, spray-on moisturizer. It’s a must-have for use immediately after sun exposure and swimming to replenish moisture and keep skin comfortable. It also gives your skin a burst of radiance without the health risks of tanning!


ATOPALM Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream is a lightweight MLE moisturizer and makeup primer in one. It’s great for use as a lighter summertime moisturizer for normal to oily skin, or layered over another ATOPALM moisturizer for drier, more sensitive skin types.


ATOPALM Real Barrier Cleansing Water
offers travel-friendly, water-free cleansing you can use anytime, anywhere. A must-have for camping and weekend getaways!

 

ATOPALM 130+ Concentrated Intensive Facial Moisturizer with Panthenol is a rich moisturizer created with extremely dry, sensitive skin types. While most people prefer lighter moisture in summer, ultra sensitive skin still needs extra protection and moisture to remain comfortable. The added benefit of panthenol also makes this cream perfect for use on mild to moderate irritation caused by environmental elements.

Adding any of these sensitive skin care products to your daily summer skin care routine will go a long way toward keeping skin looking and feeling healthy all summer long.

Shop all summer skin care from ATOPALM now!

Best Skin Care Moisturizer for Summer

As the weather heats up, rich and intensive skin care moisturizers can begin to feel heavy and cloying. Oily skin especially may feel uncomfortable when using a moisturizer during summer. Yet skipping your moisturizer may make your oily skin feel like it needs to compensate, leading to even more extreme oiliness!

Rather than skip moisturizing during summer altogether, try a lighter moisturizing formula, such as Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream. This unique product contains the same MLE you know and trust, in a lighter-weight formula that also doubles as a makeup primer!

Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream hydrates and protects with MLE while botanical oils nourish and smooth the skin. The result is a soft, smooth complexion that is perfectly prepped for optimized makeup application.

Often, Atopalm users prefer to layer Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream over their more intense Atopalm moisturizer; however, normal to oily skin types may prefer to use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream alone during summer to keep skin feeling fresh and light.

However you choose to use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream, it’ll only take one try before you add this product to your permanent skin care regimen. You can use Daytime Undermakeup Moisture Cream no matter what your skin type — just be sure to layer it with a richer moisturizer if you are still experiencing dryness or sensitive skin during the day.

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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!

Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Dry Skin

Source: flickr.com user Livin' Spoonful
Source: flickr.com user Livin’ Spoonful

Using dry skin care products like the Atopalm MLE, Real Barrier, and 130+ lines are the perfect way to moisturize dry skin from the outside, but what about moisturizing from the inside out? You can support healthy moisture levels from all angles when you eat right for your skin type.

All skin types require proper moisture levels to function properly, but dry skin tends to have the hardest time recovering once its become over-dry. Prevent dry episodes by eating healthful foods that will promote healthy moisture even without your normal skin care routine. Here’s a look at five great foods you can eat if you have dry skin.

Nuts
Loaded with vitamin E, nuts are the perfect skin care food. Vitamin E helps the skin in multiple ways including by protecting against oxidative cell damage and environmental damage like UV rays and pollution. Incorporate nuts into your daily salads or snacks to get a big skin care boost!

Sweet Potatoes
Baked, french-fried, or mashed — sweet potatoes are a dry skin dream. Beta-carotene is the star nutrient of sweet potatoes, and it supports skin in two ways. Beta-carotene can be broken down by the body to become vitamin A, also known as retinol. Vitamin A helps reduce visible signs of skin aging while protecting against skin dryness. Beta-carotene can also offer skin care antioxidant protection to further prevent skin aging, as well as cell damage within the body.

Olive Oil
Heart-healthy (and delicious!) olive oil is a perfect pair for dry skin. Vitamin E offers antioxidant and skin conditioning benefits while omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats work to provide the skin the nutrients it needs to moisturize and protect itself. Olive oil can even help shield your skin against UV rays, and may improve or prevent dry skin conditions like eczema.

Bonus: avocados feature many of the same nutrients as olive oil. A perfect dry skin care snack? Olive oil drizzled over avocado with salt and pepper. YUM!

Water-rich vegetables
Watery veggies like cucumber and celery will have a direct effect on dry skin. These vegetables are high in silica, which boosts moisture and skin elasticity. Antioxidant vitamins including vitamin A and vitamin C also work to calm dryness, combat free radical damage, and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

Fish
You can strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss by eating more fish! Omega-3 fatty acids keep the skin moisturized and healthy. You’ll be glowing from the inside out when you incorporate salmon, herring, tuna, and trout into your weekly diet.

Eating right for your skin type is and easy (and delicious way) to support the skin and reinforce your dry skin care Atopalm routine. What’s your favorite dry skin-friendly meal or snack? Share in the comments!

 

Introducing Atopalm Real Barrier!

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Atopalm Real Barrier is live, and it’s available for a short time at a special introductory price! Check out the full line here, or read on for a sneak peek at the new products…

Real Barrier Cleansing Foam is a creamy, moisturizing face cleanser that offers acid-balanced purification so irritation-free use.

Real Barrier Cleansing Water gently yet thoroughly removes makeup and impurities, leaving fresh and pure skin.

Real Barrier Essence Mist moisturizes and calms the skin with a convenient spray-on formula.

Real Barrier Intro Serum boosts comfort and moisture while prepping the skin to receive maximum benefits from all subsequent products.

Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream uses our patented MLE, but also offers moisture with hyaluronic acid and dual ceramides to supply unparalleled moisturization.

Real Barrier Extreme Cream also moisturizes and supports the skin’s barrier with MLE, but also firms and tightens the skin with Idealift.

Real Barrier Eye Contour Cream is an anti-aging power cream designed for the “triangle zone” — the outer eye area to the lips — to minimize fine lines and other visible signs of aging.

The Real Barrier range is designed to be used as a complete skin care regimen, or to be mixed with Atopalm MLE and Atopalm 130+ products to create a unique routine that’s tailored to your skin’s needs.

Don’t forget that Real Barrier is available for a limited time at low introductory pricing! Don’t delay, or you’ll miss out on trying these new products for a steal of a deal.