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!

How to Love Your Skin

Source: flickr.com user Alejandro Castillo
Source: flickr.com user Alejandro Castillo

When skin issues like dryness, rosacea, eczema, or acne are at the forefront of your skin care regimen, it’s hard to truly love your skin. After all, lovable skin is smooth and glowing, right?

The truth is, you have to treat your skin like you love it in order to get skin that you truly love. Fake it ’til you make it!

Atopalm makes it easy to achieve healthy skin that’s easier to love with MLE, our star ingredient. MLE mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer to keep it moisturized and protected against environmental aggressors that can cause or exacerbate any number of skin concerns.

When using MLE on a regular basis, you’ll find that it begins to function more and more like healthy skin — because it’s truly becoming healthier! Atopalm is not a “bandage brand” which means we don’t believe in covering up issues. We believe in addressing issues, helping the skin heal, preventing future concerns from occurring.

Aside from using Atopalm MLE to heal and protect skin, here are some easy steps you can take toward loving your skin today.

  • Drink water and herbal teas throughout the day to keep skin (and the body!) hydrated
  • Always remove makeup before bed, either by washing your face normally or using our Cleansing Water to remove makeup without washing with water
  • Spend around 15 minutes per day in the sun without SPF to help your body generate vitamin D, but then apply your SPF to keep skin protected for the rest of the day
  • Sleep! Healthy sleep habits are essential to skin health and function
  • Refrain from touching your skin throughout the day to keep bacteria to a minimum

As you can see, it’s easy to start taking better care of your skin today. You don’t need a brand new skin care regimen to get started. Simply take small steps each day and add in new Atopalm products as needed. Pretty soon you’ll start seeing a difference, and loving your skin will become part of who you are.

Healthy Skin as a Lifestyle

Source: flickr.com user EU Webnerd
Source: flickr.com user EU Webnerd

Have you ever started using a new skin care product or regimen and become frustrated that your skin issues don’t disappear as quickly as you hoped? What about when new skin concerns pop up and you’re left wondering why?

 

 

The truth is, healthy skin is 100% linked to a healthy lifestyle. No single skin care product or even regimen can create healthy skin; it can only support a healthy lifestyle while topically targeting specific concerns.

So, what does a healthy lifestyle to support skin health look like? Here are four easy things you can start doing today to support skin health from the inside out.

Hydrate
Yes, we’ve all been told to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but is that still the recommendation? While it’s still the official base number, more research is showing that other types of liquids can count toward your daily hydration. That means milk, low-sugar or fresh juice, and even tea and coffee can count toward your hydration goals each day.

Not only that, but 64 ounces of hydrating liquid is simply the minimum amount required for basic health needs. Some experts recommend drinking between one half ounce and one ounce per pound of body weight, while others say you should shoot for an even 100 ounces per day.

Regardless of the number you set for yourself, drinking hydrating liquids throughout the day is one of the easiest way to support skin (and overall) health by keeping it moisturized and allowing the skin to function as it should.

Exercise
Working out is good for body, soul, and skin! We took an in-depth look at how exercise supports skin health in another post, but here’s a quick glimpse at the highlights.

Exercise boosts circulation, which improves skin texture, tone, and clarity. It helps the skin maintain a healthy level of oxygen, and can even help support youthful qualities like firmness.

Sweat caused by exercise helps push toxins, dirt, and debris from the pores. It is naturally clarifying, just as long as you bathe soon after exercising and don’t allow those toxins to sit on your skin for too long.

Sleep
Catching some Z’s is actually essential to skin health. While we sleep, our body uses that time to heal itself — whether that means closing a cut or repairing inner damage.

We all know that we don’t look our best after a poor night’s sleep. Eyes are dark and puffy, skin is dull and dehydrated, and your skin concerns like eczema and acne may even be worse. Allowing your skin that time to heal is one of the best ways to improve skin health and appearance.

Eat
You don’t need to eat more, just better! Skin thrives (as does the rest of your body) when you fill it with vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. There’s a reason why so many antioxidant vitamins are added to topical skin care products: your skin needs them to function and look its best!

As you can see, following a healthy lifestyle is as important to your skin as it is to your overall quality of life. If you begin changing your bad eating, sleeping, and exercising habits, you’ll soon find that you’re seeing clearer, brighter, and healthier skin.

Beach Skin Care Tips

Source: flickr.com user RachelD
Source: flickr.com user RachelD

As the days heat up, many of us have grand plans for trips to the beach, lake, or even the good ol’ pool! If you’re planning to partake in some fun in the sun, follow our tried-and-true beach skin care tips to ensure that your skin looks and feels great, and stays healthy after sun exposure.

Before
Before you head to your summer destination of choice, prepare your skin with our Moisturizing Body Lotion. MLE, allantoin, and vitamin E will work together to soften, smooth, and illuminate the skin, while also repairing and preventing damage with skin care antioxidants. With regular use, our Moisturizing Body Lotion promises improved softness and radiance – a must-have for swimsuit weather!

During
While you’re enjoying those warm rays of sunshine, keep your sensitive skin protected! For the body, choose a broad-spectrum SPF cream that won’t irritate dry skin. For your face, use our Atopalm BB Cream in Light or Medium, which protects with SPF and skin care antioxidants, while moisturizing with MLE and perfecting the complexion with lightweight mineral makeup pigments.

After
When you get home from your summertime excursion, repair skin and fight dehydration with Moisture Mist. This spray-on formula is perfect for after sun care use from head to toe. It replenishes moisture with MLE and hyaluronic acid while fighting premature signs of aging with palmitoyl pentapeptide-4. Moisture Mist can also soothe discomfort caused by prolonged sun exposure. It’s the perfect way to refresh the skin and mind after summer fun!

Follow these beach skin care tips to keep skin healthy and beautiful all summer long!

New Year’s Transformation with Atopalm

Happy new year to our wonderful customers! We hope your new year’s eve was fabulous, and that 2015 brings you health, happiness, and lots of Atopalm products!

If you’re ready to put your best face forward in 2015, we have a few skin care products that promise to bring you a new year-inspired transformation from start to finish. Let’s take a look at a simple regimen that will help your skin be healthier and more beautiful than ever!

Begin with our Cleanse and Moisturize Duo, which brings you two of our best-selling products for 20% off retail price! Featuring Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam and Intensive Moisturizing Cream, this dynamic duo works to gently remove dirt, impurities and makeup residue before it deeply moisturizes with our flagship face cream.

After your skin is suitably cleansed and moisturized, it’s time to perfect and protect with Atopalm BB Cream! Available in Light and Medium shades, this multi-tasking beauty balm is your one stop shop for getting extra moisture, skin care antioxidant and SPF protection, and skin-perfecting pigment! It’s perfect in lieu of a traditional makeup foundation if your skin is too sensitive for heavy makeup, or you can use it as a makeup base that also provides moisture and protection!

Lastly, if your dry skin is still getting you down, finish your face with a spritz of our Moisture Mist. Designed for head-to-toe use, Moisture Mist can be used as your regular daily skin care moisturizer, or as a travel-friendly dose of moisture whenever you need it! It’s great for keeping at work or in your purse for emergency spritzes. Moisture Mist is on sale for a limited time for $5 off!

This basic skin care regimen for dry skin and sensitive skin gives you the basics of keeping your face moisturized, protected, healthy and perfected. If you’re battling visible signs of aging or conditions such as psoriasis, be sure to supplement with our targeted skin care products! You can shop the entire Atopalm range here. Happy new year!

On-the-Go Skin Care Tips

Source: flickr.com user MowT
Source: flickr.com user MowT

For most people, summertime means fantastic (or dreaded) family reunions, camping trips, and weekend getaways! Whether your summer will take you to the beach or the woods, remember to keep your skin calm and protected with our great on-the-go skin care tips.

These simple tips and product recommendations are easy to pack, easy to use, and easy to transfer into your home regimen after your trip. We’ll make it so easy that you’d be crazy not to take your skin care with you on your next summertime jaunt!

Cleanse with Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes. These pre-saturated wipes come in a handy dandy envelope (think baby wipes) for super easy travel and storage. They’ll thoroughly cleanse the skin without the need for water, making them perfect for camping or airport bathrooms. They’ll also remove makeup, lightly moisturize, and quickly refresh tired skin — use them morning and night to keep skin comfortable and beautiful!

Moisturize with Intensive Moisturizing Cream – Travel Size. Everyone’s favorite daytime moisturizer is now available in a convenient and affordable mini tube! This formula is the absolute best moisturizer for dry skin types, as well as those with sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. It deeply moisturizes and soothes while reducing redness and preventing excessive moisture loss throughout the day. The 1.0 fluid ounce tube makes this baby plane-friendly, purse-friendly, or toiletry bag-friendly.

Protect and perfect with Atopalm BB Cream. Our BB Cream is my all-time favorite beauty care product due simply to the fact that it’s the absolute best multi-tasker! It offers an extra layer of moisture with our MLE technology. It protects against sun damage with a broad-spectrum SPF of 20. It neutralizes age-accelerating free radicals with skin care antioxidants. It supplies natural-looking color coverage to minimize the appearance of breakouts and skin imperfections. In short, it’s everything your skin needs to look and feel great! Plus, it’s available in both Light and Medium to perfectly match your skin tone.

The beauty of these three products are that they can be mixed and matched depending on where your travels take you and what your skin will need there. Take all three to ensure comprehensive care; however, if you don’t have the room, time, or money for all three, consider these options instead…

The Quick and Easy Duo in Light and Medium includes both the Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes and a BB Cream in the shade of your choice. This is my favorite combo for camping as its simplicity can’t be beat. The best news is you’ll save 20% when you purchase these two products in The Quick and Easy Duo bundle!

If a BB Cream isn’t up your alley, consider instead the Intensive Moisturizing Cream + Free Wipes duo! This limited time deal includes a full size Intensive Moisturizing Cream and a FREE pack of Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes – a $42.00 value set for only $30! The full size dry skin moisturizer may not be as convenient for travel, but at this price, how can you say no?

Happy travels!

 

New Year, New You: Building a Regimen

all_updated.jpgToday’s post is the fourth installment in our New Year, New You series. If you missed out on the first three posts, be sure to give them a look! New Year, New You: Skin CleansingNew Year, New You: Moisturizing and New Year, New You: Eye Care will get you started on your brand new skin care regimen for 2014.

Now that we’ve covered the basics of cleansing, moisturizing, and eye care, let’s talk about skin care regimens. A skin care regimen is simply your skin care routine, whatever that entails. For some, it may be nothing but cleansing and moisturizing. For others, it may include multiple treatment products, eye creams, SPF, and more!

Most skin care regimens happen organically. A person begins using a product or two, adds another, and then all of a sudden they have their routine. At Atopalm, we’ve decided as part of our New Year, New You 2014 skin care makeover that we would make an effort to put thought into our regimen and create something that will give us the best possible results.

You see, not all regimens are created equal. Using a grab bag of skin care products may seem like the best option, but the truth is, some of these products may work against each other. Ingredients can cancel each other out or compete for absorbency within the skin, resulting in some of your products or active ingredients to become completely worthless.

Using a range of products from one skin care line, however, will have the opposite effect. If you build your regimen while sticking to a single skin care line, you’ll ensure that all of the skin care ingredients are compatible and meant to work together. By using only these products, each formula is able to support and even enhance the other formulas, resulting in optimal results.

Taking care to build a tailored skin care regimen will provide better results and may even save you money by reducing your need for extra skin care products. If you’re not yet ready to throw out perfectly good products in favor of building a better regimen, don’t worry; simply replace your old formulas as you run out with new products from Atopalm. Over time, you’ll have built a complete, one-line regimen without breaking the bank or wasting your old products!

If you are ready to build that regimen, now is the time! You can still save $10 off any $60+ order with code NEWYOU, plus receive free shipping within the US. Build a better regimen and save  before it’s too late — offer ends January 31, 2014.