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!


How to Do a Pedicure and Manicure

As the weather warms, more women (and men!) are heading to the spa for a pedicure and manicure! After all, summer is the time of flip flops and fun polish colors for all your warm-weather adventures.

However, mani/pedis can become expensive very quickly. Plus, often spas use subpar dry skin care products that may be harsh on sensitive and dry skin types. If you find that you’re needing better-quality skin care or to save a few bucks in the spa department, then this how-to guide is for you! Read on to learn how to do a pedicure and manicure at home like the pros.

Step 1: remove old nail polish and soak your hands and feet in comfortably warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too hot, or it’ll dry out your sensitive skin. You can add epsom, bath salts, or essential oils to your water to create a more spa-like atmosphere!

Step 2: remove your feet from their soak and, using a slightly damp wash cloth, gently slough away dead skin. Your skin should be very soft at this point, and only mild pressure should yield results. If your sensitive skin isn’t too tender, you’re also welcome to use a sea sponge or foot file to remove dead skin. However, for very sensitive skin, a washcloth will be enough.

Step 3: with skin still damp, moisturize your hands with Atopalm Moisturizing Hand Treatment and Atopalm Foot and Heel Balm. Work the hand cream into your cuticles, and the Foot and Heel Balm into calloused and cracked areas. Allow time for the moisturizer to sink in and thoroughly repair the skin with MLE and other advanced moisturizing ingredients.

Step 4: gently push back hand and feet cuticles with a cuticle pusher and trim as needed. If your cuticle beds are too sensitive, you may also gently push them in with your thumb nails until they are cleaned up a bit. Then, shape nails with a file until desired length and shape.

Step 5: paint nails with a formaldehyde-free nail polish and top coat, or simply use a drop of apricot kernel oil to nourish your nails if you prefer a natural nail.

That’s it! You’ve just completed your at-home mani/pedi and saved yourself a pretty penny. You can even maximize your savings by purchasing the Moisturizing Hand Treatment and Foot and Heel Balm together in our Hand and Foot Duo, which is offered at 20% off retail price! Happy spa day!


How to Do Your Own Pedicure

Are your feet sandal-ready? With summer here in earnest, I’m sure you’ve already broken out your flip-flops and peep-toes. But, if your feet are still in hibernation mode, you might not be too excited to show them off! Rather than spend big bucks on a salon pedicure, try these simple steps for an at-home DIY pedicure.

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Learning how to do your own pedicure will save both time and money; plus, you can do another one whenever you need to! So, without further delay, here are the details on my favorite five step pedicure.Step One: Soften
Soak those puppies! You can invest in an actual foot soak tub, or you can grab your biggest kitchen bowl. Either way, fill it mostly full with hot water. Not scalding, but you want it to be toasty! Add some Epsom salts or bath salts and a drop or two of your favorite essential oil; I love mixing lavender and eucalyptus.

Let your feet soak for a good 5-10 minutes. Read a magazine, watch trashy TV, chat with a girlfriend…In short, relax. You may not be paying for a spa pedicure, but you can still enjoy a spa-like experience.

Step Two: Maintenance
Trim, cut, and scrape. All you’ll need for this step is a very simple home pedicure kit. It’ll only run you a couple bucks and it’ll last forever! Your main tools will be nail clippers, a nail file, a cuticle pusher, and cuticle scissors. You can even skip the scissors if you don’t feel that you need them, or you can give yourself a quick e-lesson on how to use cuticle scissors.

How to trim toenails may seem like something everyone knows, but chances are you’ve been doing it wrong for a while. With the nail clippers, cut your toenails straight across (no curving!) and flush with the end of your toe. Cutting your nails too short, or curving the nails at the ends, might result in discomfort or an ingrown nail.

Next, use your nail file to round the sharp corners of your nails created by cutting them straight across. Remember, you’re not rounding your nails; simply taking away any sharpness.

Finally, take your cuticle pusher and gently push your nail’s cuticles down toward the skin of the toe. Be as gentle and even as you can in order to create a straight line without damaging the nail bed. If you have a lot of excess cuticle, very carefully trim it away with your cuticle scissors. You are not trying to remove your cuticle! You are simply taking away any buildup that stands out from the surface of the toe.

Step Three: Pamper
After everything is trimmed up, give your feet another quick dip in your bowl or tub of water. Leave your feet and ankles damp, and apply your favorite body scrub to your feet. Scrub scrub scrub away all the dead skin and rough spots on your feet. You can even extend the scrub up your legs for a full at home spa experience!

Another great option for those with very tough skin on the feet is to use a pumice stone. On the other end of the spectrum, if your skin is too sensitive for a scrub, simply apply a pure oil (such as apricot kernel oil) to the skin and let it soak in.

No matter which formula you choose (a scrub, stone, or oil), finish it off with…

Step Four: Moisturize
To lock in the softening properties of your pampering step, and to prevent the skin from becoming rough and dry again, make sure to completely moisturize your skin. Use Atopalm’s Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm to hydrate, soften, smooth, and soothe the entire foot.

Moisturizing Foot and Heel Balm uses MLE technology to perfectly replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. The product also features a slew of natural oils and botanical extracts to fully nourish and moisturize the feet. Cracked, dry heels are banished, cuticles are moisturized, and the feet feel truly revitalized.

Step Five: Beautify
If you’re not a frilly individual, feel free to stop at step four. However, if your favorite part of a spa pedicure is the painting, then grab your favorite nail polish and get to work! Your newly softened skin, pushed cuticles, and trimmed nails are just begging for this spring’s hot shades. Don’t forget a base and top coat for a long-lasting finish, and be sure to use a gentle polish remover when it’s time for your next at home pedicure.

Do you have a favorite tip for your own DIY pedicure? Drop a comment and tell us all about it!

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