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

 

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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: Acne-Prone Skin

Although Atopalm caters to dry, sensitive skin types, many of our customers also experience acne breakouts! Skin dryness is actually a cause of acne, and keeping skin properly hydrated and protected can keep breakouts at bay.

Another way to keep skin clear and healthy? Eating well. A poor diet is a well-known trigger for blemishes and even oily skin, so check out these skin care tips for how to eat right for your acne-prone skin type.

Do Eat:

Fish and flaxseed
Besides sounding like a hipster restaurant, fish and flaxseed go together because they’re both high in omega-3 fatty acids. The common western diet contains too many omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to increase inflammation, a common trigger for acne. Instead, up your omega-3s to balance things out.

Green tea
Studies have shown that EGCG, a potent antioxidant found in green tea, is capable of reducing the size of sebaceous glands, as well as diminishing sebum production. Since those with acne typically have enlarged sebaceous glands and higher sebum (oil) production, the belief is that diminishing those things will lead to clearer skin.

A second study used an 8-week randomized, split-face clinical trial to test whether EGCG could help clear acne. The results showed a significant improvement in acne appearance when using EGCG, making green tea a great dietary choice, or topical application, for acne-prone and oily skin types.

Oysters
If you haven’t tried oysters yet, now may be the time! Many studies have shown that zinc may help reduce the appearance of acne, and that food sources are the best way to get more zinc in your life. Guess which food has high levels of zinc? That’s right, oysters!

Good news, though; toasted wheat germ, roast beef, pumpkin seeds, and dried watermelon seeds also boast high zinc levels, so you may be able to get away without the oyster shots.

Source: flickr.com user Lilia Ann
Source: flickr.com user Lilia Ann

Fresh juice
We all know that fruits and veggies help keep us healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to eat the recommended amount. That’s why fresh juice is so great! Add some dark, leafy greens, berries, and citrus to your juicer or high-powered blender, and let the produce’s beta-carotenes help control oil production and inflammation.

Probiotics
It’s becoming more and more obvious that gut health is related to whole body health, and that inflammation is the villain in most poor health stories. Eating healthfully is extremely important when it comes to gut health, but another high priority is making sure to consume probiotics.

One study showed that intestinal microflora may have a direct affect on whole body inflammation, including acne inflammation. Similarly, another study showed that those with acne were more likely to have toxins within their gut. The belief now is that gut health is indeed directly related to skin health, and that prebiotics and probiotics are essential to both.

You can boost your probiotics consumption by eating high-quality yogurt (no sugar added is preferable), keifir, dark chocolate, microalgae, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha tea.

Now that we’ve taken a look at things you can eat to help your skin, check out this list of foods to avoid if you have acne-prone skin.

Don’t Eat:

Cow’s milk
Many studies have shown a link between cow’s milk consumption and increased acne, but scientists haven’t pinpointed the exact reason why. One theory is that cow’s milk spikes blood sugar and insulin levels, which increase inflammation and skin oil, both risk factors for acne breakouts.

Another theory is that, because commercial milk often comes from pregnant cows, it contains hormones that can trigger unhealthy sebum levels and skin cell overgrowth, both things that lead to clogged pores.

Lastly, milk allergy can actually present itself in the form of skin conditions such as acne and even eczema. While cow’s milk may not be the cause of your acne, it’s worth eliminating it for a time (4-6 weeks) to see if your skin improves.

Sugar
This one is kind of a no-brainer since sugar is linked to many health issues. One thing that sets sugar apart is that a sugar-related breakout often occurs within a day or even hours of spiking your blood sugar with a high amount of sugar at once. This means that you’ll probably be fine eating a small amount of sugar any given day, but that soda and candy bar combo is a no-go. (It should be anyway, but I digress.)

High-glycemic foods
High glycemic foods are foods which break down quickly after being eaten. They raise blood sugar levels similarly to sugar, and also trigger hormone fluctuations and inflammation. These foods include white and refined carbs, like white bread, boxed cereals, pretzels, chips, etc. Instead, choose complex, low-glycemic carbs like product and whole grains.

Artificial food
Artificial colors and flavors cause similar issues to the ones linked with high-glycemic foods. They increase your risk of inflammation and hormonal imbalance, both of which are directly tied to breakouts and other skin issues.

Fast food
Fast food is an interesting one, because it all comes down to inflammation. Greasy fast food has already been shown to increase any inflammation-related conditions (including asthma!) so it’s a given that it would increase your risk of acne breakouts. If you must hit a drive-through, try a salad instead of the fries.

What about chocolate?
Does eating chocolate cause acne, or is that an old wives tale? Well, the jury’s actually sill out on that one. First it was said to certainly increase your risk of a breakout, then it was thought that chocolate didn’t have an impact – negative or positive – at all. THEN it was said to actually help acne! And now? One recent study showed it may slightly increase your risk, but the study was small and more evidence is needed.

Our advice? Eat chocolate like you would any other indulgence — moderately, and as part of an otherwise healthy and balanced diet.

Cleanse Right for Your Skin Type

Cleansers
We all know that face cleansing is the first step in any good skin care regimen, but not everyone chooses the right cleanser for their skin type! If your skin feels tight, itchy, dry, or irritated after cleansing, you’re using the wrong formula.

Dry and sensitive skin types should never use harsh soaps or cleansers with SLS, and should steer away from artificial fragrances and other potentially irritating ingredients. Atopalm cleansers promise pure skin without irritation, and are the perfect foundation for our other soothing and moisturizing skin care products.

Technically, either of our cleansers are suitable for any skin type, but there are some pros to using one formula over the other based on your skin type. Shop now while our cleansers are 30% off!

Normal to oily, occasionally irritated skin will benefit from our Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes. Easy to use and travel-friendly, these pre-saturated wipes completely cleanse the skin and remove makeup in one simple step. They’re also great for use if your skin is irritated by your local tap water!

Dry and sensitive skin types will feel soothed by Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam. Rich and luxurious, this foamy cleanser wraps the skin in moisture as it cleanses away impurities.

No matter which formula you choose, you’re promised irritation-free use, and pure skin that’s ready for the next steps in your skin care routine.

How to Treat Oily Skin with Moisture

When you think Atopalm, chances are you think of dry, sensitive skin. While our advanced MLE products are a perfect choice for those skin types, we want you to know that Atopalm is great for oily skin, too!

Oily skin can have many root causes, but there’s one thing that can be agreed on — oily skin still needs moisture. Many people with oily skin types shy away from moisturizers because they feel too heavy or greasy. This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make for your oily skin!

Rather than not needing moisture, oily skin may need moisture more than most other skin types! You see, your oily skin may be caused by your skin’s inability to create and maintain healthy moisture levels. To compensate, the skin creates more oil, which leads to an oil imbalance. By just keeping your skin’s moisture levels up and lipid layer supported with Atopalm skin care, your skin can balance its own oil production, leading to a healthier complexion.

How to treat oily skin with moisture is as simple as purifying with a oily skin cleanser and following up with an appropriate oily skin face moisturizer. All of our MLE products are safe for oily skin; however, most oily skin sufferers will find that our rich Intensive Moisturizing Cream is too heavy for their preferences. Rather, we recommend these three products:

  • Atopalm Moisturizing Skin Revitalizing Complex
    Why: this anti-aging skin care product features a lighter texture than our flagship moisturizer. Plus, anti-aging ingredients, skin care antioxidants, and brightening vitamins work to achieve a more youthful appearance.
  • Atopalm BB Cream
    Why: a masterful multi-tasker, BB Cream provides lightweight yet effective moisture while simultaneously protecting against UV damage and camouflaging skin imperfections. It’s an all-in-one product for all skin types!
  • Atopalm Moisture Mist
    Why: ultra light yet ultra rich. It’s your go-to for both face and body moisture that promises to keep skin hydrated without feeling heavy or greasy.

As you can see, when it comes to learning how to treat oily skin with moisture, you need look no further than Atopalm. Our MLE formulations are non-comedogenic and work to actually repair and support the skin’s natural lipid layer, leading to skin that is able to better control its own oil production.

Do you have a favorite Atopalm skin care product for oily skin? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

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How to Determine Your Skin Type

Source: flickr.com user andrewmorrell
Source: flickr.com user andrewmorrell

Knowing your skin type is key to choosing great skin care products and properly caring for your skin. If you don’t know your skin type, you may actually harm your skin by using incorrect products and upsetting your skin’s natural balance. If you’re wondering how to figure out skin types, simply read on and follow the easy steps below.

1) Cleanse your face. Using whatever cleanser you have on hand, wash your face with tepid water and pat dry. Don’t apply any other products to your skin. Allow it to sit, untouched, for roughly an hour. It’s best to keep your hair off your face during this time to prevent oils from your hair transferring to your skin.

2) Blot. Take a tissue or blotting paper and blot your skin. You’ll get the most accurate results if you use two tissues – one for the cheeks and one for the forehead, nose, and chin, also known as the t-zone. Blot gently and, if you’re using two tissues, keep them separated so you don’t get them confused.

3) Check for oil. The amount of oil found on the tissues, as well as where the oil was found, will help you to determine your skin type. Here’s a look at what you might see…

If both tissues, or just the t-zone tissue, has a small amount of oil, and your skin feels supple and comfortable, you have normal skin. You are a lucky duck! Normal skin needs minimal assistance and rarely experiences breakouts or discomfort. Normal skin should use gentle skin care products designed to nourish and protect the skin.

If just the t-zone tissue contains a medium to large amount of oil, you have combination skin. You may break out in your t-zone fairly regularly, but your cheeks might feel tight or even flaky, or simply show signs of normal skin. Combination skin is the most common skin type, and is very easily cared for. Most combination skin types choose to use products designed for normal skin, while reserving a great acne treatment for those t-zone breakouts.

If both tissues show a medium to a large amount of oil, or even if only the t-zone tissue is extremely saturated, you have oily skin. Oily skin isn’t always acne-prone, but acne-prone skin is usually oily, so using a balancing and anti-acne regimen is best. This doesn’t mean you need to turn to harsh acne products to strip your skin; instead, find products that will help your skin balance its own sebum production, leading to a healthier complexion with fewer breakouts.

If both tissues show little to no oil, you have dry skin. Your skin does not produce enough sebum on its own, so turning to a moisturizing skin care line like Atopalm is how you’ll keep your skin healthy and comfortable. Using the wrong products on dry skin will cause it to become drier and even turn it into sensitive skin, so be sure to use only products formulated for dry skin types!

The one skin type that can’t be determined using this testing method is sensitive skin. Any skin type can be sensitive, but dry skin types are more likely to exhibit symptoms of sensitivity. If your skin reacts to most skin care products and environmental triggers, or you experience regular redness, flushing, and stinging, you probably have sensitive skin. A dermatologist or doctor may help you determine the cause of your sensitive skin. In the meantime, use gentle, hypoallergenic products that are formulated to care for sensitive skin without causing a reaction. Atopalm is ideal for this situation, because it perfectly cares for all skin types while soothing sensitivity and balancing the skin’s natural lipid layer.

Do you have any questions about how to determine your skin type? If you’re still confused, leave us a comment and we’ll address your concerns!

Moisturizing Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Source: flickr.com user thecampbells
Source: flickr.com user thecampbells

Believe it or not, oily skin and acne-prone skin need to moisturize, too. If you experience excess oil or acne, you may feel like the last thing your skin needs is an emollient, but it’s actually essential to your skin’s health! The truth is, a good acne moisturizer may even help your skin become clearer and more beautiful.

Moisturizing success for acne-prone skin lies in your product choice. Choose wisely, and your skin will thank you. Choose poorly, and you risk breakouts and even oilier skin. So, the first step is to know exactly what you’re looking for.

Skin care moisturizers formulated with exfoliators and natural skin care oils are great for oily and acne-prone skin. Just be sure that the oils are truly natural — great ingredients to look for include jojoba seed oil, meadowfoam oil, and tea tree oil, which is highly beneficial for acne-prone skin. Exfoliators that may help your skin include salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids.

Your moisturizer for oily skin should be labeled non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t cause pores and lead to breakouts. As far as texture is concerned, skin care lotions are usually lighter-weight and may be more comfortable for very oily skin, while moisturizers or skin care creams are usually heavier and may be uncomfortable for acne skin.

Finally, your problem skin may not stop at oil and acne. If your skin is also sensitive, choose a hydrating product that is hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. These attributes will help ensure that your skin doesn’t experience a reaction caused by the moisturizer.

With these tips, you’re sure to comfortably and efficiently moisturize your oily, blemish-prone skin without risk of breaking out. Properly moisturized, your skin may be able to balance itself while appearing healthier and more beautiful than ever.