A while back, we posted an article about a popular product known as Baby Foot Exfoliation, and how it compares to our awesome Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm. Little did we know that the Baby Foot Exfoliation post would go on to be one of our most viewed posts of all time!
You can read the original post here, but for those who would like a quick rundown, here’s the gist: Baby Foot Exfoliation is a very extreme skin care exfoliation product for the feet. It’s designed to peel away dead layers of skin, making your feet feel baby soft, hence the product name. Many people were hailing it as the best dry foot product around; however, as more and more people tried the product, stories of excessive peeling and major skin sensitivity began to surface.
Baby Foot Exfoliation uses natural acids and “other ingredients” to remove dead skin, callouses, and patches of roughness. By most accounts, the product is very successful. The downside is that many of these users also experienced sensitivity, since the skin remaining after the peel was too new to comfortably handle the demand we place on our feet every day!
In addition to this basic skin sensitivity, some users even experienced extreme discomfort and pain, while others told of sheets of skin peeling off long after they had used the treatment. Needless to say, Baby Foot Exfoliation lost traction due to its extreme results that were much too drastic for most users.
If you came here looking for a foot care product that can soften rough skin, moisturize dry skin, and treat callouses, Atopalm has just the product for you – and it won’t cause any sensitivity at all!
Our Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm is a true skin care marvel. It deeply moisturizes with MLE to restore softness and comfort to the feet while targeting callouses and other areas of roughness. The best part is that it does all this without harsh ingredients! It’s even safe for use on those who suffer from dry skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and more, plus it can be used as a diabetic foot cream by those who deal with foot discomfort associated with the disease.
If you follow us on Facebook or stay up-to-date on beauty news, chances are you’ve heard of Baby Foot, a product from Tokyo which claims to give you baby-soft skin on your feet. Using a blend of 17 natural acids and few other ingredients, Baby Foot says their product will loosen dead skin cells and slough away all dry, rough skin (up to 80 layers of dead skin, according to the manufacturer) within two weeks’ time. Sounds perfect, right?
The only problem is this: if a product is potent enough to remove up to 80 layers of dead skin, including callouses, is it really safe? And will your smooth, baby-like skin be tough enough to withstand the workload of the feet without discomfort?
Many users of Baby Foot report peeling success, with huge sheets of dead skin peeling off at a time. Other users report having to vacuum every day or wear socks day and night because of the amount of dead skin. The product clearly works, but not without its drawbacks.
Many reviews state that the product tingles their feet uncomfortably, or even has a burning sensation. Some even say that their new layer of skin is so sensitive that it’s difficult to walk without sensitivity, and only certain shoes can be worn to avoid constant discomfort. There is also no mention of whether or not this product will help prevent future callouses or dead skin buildup.
While some many still be brave enough to try this extreme product, others may be looking for something that is proven to work without discomfort, even on sensitive skin. That’s where Atopalm Foot and Heel Balm comes in. Formulated with MLE and natural oils, our Foot and Heel balm softens and smooths dead skin without causing excessive peeling or revealing tender, sensitive new skin.
In addition, Foot and Heel Balm is also able to prevent dead skin buildup when used regularly. This means that after your feet have been softened and smoothed, there’s no need to continue spending $25+ for single use treatments that restart the uncomfortable cycle of extreme exfoliation!
No one likes rough, dry heels or callouses, but the choice is yours when it comes to dealing with them. Trusted, safe ingredients versus extreme hype treatments: where do your feet want to go?
You ask, we answer! This question comes from our Atopalm Facebook page, and is the third installment in our Featured Question series. (Read our other Featured Questions for more great info.) If you have a skin care question, be sure to leave a comment here, or Like our Facebook page to ask there. Your question could be featured in a future post!
Today’s question is from Nichole. She says, “No matter how much I exfoliate and moisturize, my skin looks horrid when I put foundation on. How can I fix that?” She goes on to explain, “It’s always flaky and seems like makeup makes lines and crevasses stand out no matter what I do.”
What Nichole describes is something we’ve all dealt with on differing levels. But, for those with dry skin, it can be more difficult to achieve a smooth complexion. But, don’t lose hope! I know how to banish flaky skin, and I’m going to share all my tips with you.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
The best thing you can do for your skin, no matter what your skin type, is to stay hydrated. However, this rule applies doubly to dry, flaky skin! Drink water. No, seriously, drink water. You’ve heard it 1,000 times but it’s SO important that you need to hear it again!
Aside from basic water drinking, eating lots of fruits and veggies will keep skin hydrated, supple, and smooth. Plus, all those great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants will help your body (and your skin!) stay healthy. I promise you that if you up your water and vegetable intake, you’ll notice a drastic change in the smoothness of your skin. I dare you to prove me wrong!
One last note: just like water, fruits, and veggies will help your skin, junk food will make it less healthy. Now, I’m not saying that chips will make your skin flaky, but they certainly won’t help anything!
Revamp Your Exfoliation Exfoliation is a great habit and an important part of every skin care regimen. Whether you exfoliate your skin daily, weekly, or bi-weekly, it is a must for every skin type, from acne skin to mature skin.
However, did you know that scrubs aren’t the only way to exfoliate? Now, you won’t find a bigger fan of skin care scrubs than yours truly. I love a good scrub! But, I also know that they aren’t the best choice for all skin types.
One of my favorite non-scrub exfoliators contains nothing but natural acids for exfoliation – glycolic acid, malic acid, lactic acid, etc. Using acid on your skin may sound scary, but these acids are actually very gentle and beneficial! Plus, acids are actually often better for sensitive skin since there is no rubbing or scraping involved.
The beauty of an acid-based exfoliation treatment is that it covers all of your face evenly, and that it actually loosens dead skin cells by dissolving the bond between the dead cells and the healthy cells. Once these cells are loosened, you are able to sweep away the dead cells with water or your face wash.
With a scrub, you’re relying on physical beads to break the dead cells away, which can be rough on your skin and might not be completely efficient, leaving many rough spots behind. Lastly, scrubs aren’t known to thoroughly reduce the appearance of pore size, while acid-based products have been said to help pores appear smaller.
Go Powderless Beauty powers help set liquid foundation, keep shine at bay, and – let’s be honest – are just plain fun. Is there any beauty product more iconic than the pressed powder mirror? However, powders can be your nemesis when it comes to keeping your skin looking smooth.
You know that fabric that manages to enhance every lump and bump on your body? Face powders do the same thing to your dry skin patches. Rather than accentuate flakiness, consider using a BB Cream on its own, and spot-treating with a skin care mattifier if you’re worried about shine.
Mattifiers use various skin care ingredients to prevent and/or absorb oil, while giving a powder-like finish. Applied to problem areas like the T-zone, a mattifier will give you lasting protection from shine without accentuating dry skin.
A BB Cream will further help keep skin looking smooth and hydrated by moisturizing while concealing skin flaws with lightweight pigment. Atopalm’s BB Cream especially helps to prevent the appearance of flakiness by hydrating with MLE, a scientifically-proven ingredient that mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer. Plus, its finish is so natural-looking that you won’t even miss your powder!
To Nichole and everyone else who is struggling with skin flaking, I hope these tips help you to achieve the smooth, flawless-looking complexion you crave!
Skin exfoliation is a natural process which involves the expelling of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. It is essential not only to skin smoothness and beauty, but also to its function; without proper exfoliation, the skin becomes thick, leathery, and more prone to blemishes.
Unfortunately, the skin’s natural exfoliation process is, like everything, imperfect. Dead skin cells build up too easily, causing the problems I mentioned above, in addition to skin dullness, rough skin texture, and even more pronounced lines and wrinkles. To help your skin function healthfully, here are some tips for how to exfoliate skin for optimum health and beauty.
Types of exfoliation include physical (like a scrub) or chemical. Now, don’t be scared away by the idea of chemical skin exfoliation — it doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t be) harsh. It’s simply a way to describe a skin care exfoliator that removes dead skin cells without scrubbing or rubbing the skin. In fact, it is sometimes gentler than a physical scrub!
Physical exfoliation is any form of exfoliation with beads. These beads can be many size and shapes, and created with a variety of materials. Some people enjoy the feeling of scrubbing their skin with round silicone beads, brown sugar, or rice powder, while others find it to be too harsh for their sensitive skin.
Chemical exfoliation uses a variety of acids to gently lift dead skin cells, allowing them to be rinsed away with water. Ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids or salicyclic acid are actually very gentle and efficient when used for exfoliation, and they have the added benefit of being great for acne-prone skin types.
Some exfoliators actually use both types of exfoliation; chemical to loosen and lift dead skin cells, and physical to scrub them away. This is my personal favorite type of exfoliation since it attacks dead cells from all angles. However, very sensitive skin, including rosacea-prone and dry skin, may find this double-attack to be too much.
A lot of people ask, “how often should I exfoliate?” The answer depends on skin type, but as a general rule, most people should not exfoliate their skin every day. Remember that your skin has its own exfoliation process that only needs a little help now and then. For acne-prone, oily, sensitive, and rosacea skin, exfoliate only 1-2 times per week. For normal to dry skin, you can exfoliate 1-4 times per week, depending on how your skin handles it.
After exfoliation, your skin should immediately be softer, smoother, and more radiant. Your skin should not be reddened, raw, stinging, or peeling. If it is, you’ve been too rough with it! Proper exfoliation will help your face appear dewy and fresh, and makeup should apply beautifully.
Do you have a favorite exfoliation regimen, tip, or even a story of exfoliation gone wrong? Share it with us in the comments and let your voice be heard!