Beach Skin Care Tips

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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!

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Summer Skin Care: BB Cream

Sure, we may be a little biased, but we LOVE our Atopalm BB Cream! It’s great year-round, but here’s what makes it a summer skin care essential for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin, dry skin, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.

  1. It moisturizes skin with our proprietary MLE, an ingredient which perfectly mimics the skin’s natural lipid layer. MLE both replenishes and supports the lipid layer to decrease symptoms of dryness, sensitivity, and discomfort.
  2. It protects with skin care antioxidants and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Vitamin E and arbutin provide the antioxidant effects while also conditioning and nourishing the skin. The SPF 20 sunscreen shields against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays to achieve maximum protection.
  3. It perfects skin with natural-looking mineral pigment. These minerals blend effortlessly with your skin’s natural color to camouflage the appearance of uneven skin tone, blemishes, and even sun damage. The best part is that these mineral pigments won’t interfere with the health and workings of your skin!Many experts recommend mineral makeup for those with rosacea and eczema. Oftentimes, women with those skin conditions are unable to use makeup without irritation. Mineral makeup changes that by offering a gentle alternative to traditional makeup formulations. Our BB Cream is available in both Light and Medium shades, and can be blended with any other pure makeup foundation to achieve your ideal hue.

We recommend that you use our beauty balm daily to keep skin moisturized, protected, and perfected. Use it layered with our other moisturizing products for maximum results, or use it alone when you’re short on time or on-the-go! It’s the perfect product to throw in your carry-on luggage, camping pack, or weekend suitcase.

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Sun Skin Care: 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Skin

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Source: flickr.com user 4ever30something

Summer is almost upon the U.S., which means it’s time to amp up the sun skin care. Even if the snow hasn’t melted where you live, the sun’s rays are getting stronger by the day. Don’t leave your skin exposed until it heats up; start using your sun care products now to keep skin healthy and beautiful all summer long.

When it comes to sun care, it’s not all about sunscreen. The truth is, your skin needs a little extra of, well, everything to stand up to UV rays. Here’s a look at the three areas you should focus on for healthy summer skin.

SPF
First, foremost, and obviously, you need a great SPF. SPF stands for sun protection factor, and it is simply the measurement beauty companies use to tell you how much of the sun’s UVB (burn-causing) rays are blocked by the product. Unfortunately, it’s not a very user-friendly number, so here’s a breakdown of the three most popular SPF levels:

  • SPF 15 blocks roughly 94% of UVB rays
  • SPF 30 blocks roughly 97% of UVB rays
  • SPF 45 blocks roughly 98% of UVB rays

As you can see, there isn’t much difference in the percentage of UVB rays caused by each level of SPF. Most dermatologists recommend an SPF of 30 to a person with average sun sensitivity, though fairer complexions may wish to go for the SPF 45. SPF 15 is great for use on days where one will only experience minor sun exposure, like the walk from the car to the office, or running errands.

Of course, a product’s SPF efficacy is based on the person’s natural tendency to get burned, as well as other factors like activity, swimming, and if a person is in direct sunlight, partial shade, or alternating between both. Keep this in mind when choosing your SPF product.

One last note: SPF ratings only tell you how well you’ll be protected from UVB rays, which are the sun rays which cause burning. It does not tell you if the product will protect against UVA rays, which are responsible for visible signs of aging and damage, and are equally as, if not more, dangerous than UVB rays.

Both types of rays contribute to higher risk of skin cancer. Therefore, you should always choose a sun skin care product that is formulated to be a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB damage.

Antioxidants
After SPF comes antioxidants. Skin care antioxidants are essential to overall skin health, and will go a long way in preventing and healing sun damage. Antioxidants will work in conjunction with your broad-spectrum sunscreen in order to prevent and reduce visible signs of aging. For more information, visit our post on Why Skin Care Antioxidants Matter.

Moisture
Lastly, healthy summer skin needs a good dose of moisture! All that heat and sun exposure will leave your skin feeling (and looking) drier than the sahara if you don’t replenish lost hydration. To get a youthful, dewy glow, you’ll need to drink lots of water (LOTS!) and use a great topical skin care moisturizer morning and evening.

Our favorite sun skin care product is Atopalm BB Cream. It has broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection to shield against UVA and UVB rays. Then, Atopalm’s patented hydrating MLE technology replenishes lost moisture and prevents against excess moisture loss. On top of that, multiple fabulous antioxidants repair cell damage to prevent visible signs of aging. Lastly, a light, natural-looking tint helps to conceal skin flaws, thereby taking the place of a heavy foundation.

BB cream can take the place of your sunblock, moisturizer, antioxidant serum, and foundation on mornings when time is short, or it can be used in conjunction with your regular skin care products to enhance and fortify them!

Now that you know the must-haves for gorgeous summer skin, go forth and face the sun with health and beauty!

Travel-Friendly Skin Care

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, but what if home is far away? Car heaters, airplane air, stress, and flitting in and out of different climates can all damage your skin, leaving it feeling dry and uncomfortable. Rather than show up at home with acne breakouts and blotches, follow these travel-friendly skin care tips for keeping your skin merry and bright.

Don’t Pack Light
When it comes to lightening your suitcase’s load, the first things to go are usually personal care items. Mom will have toothpaste, and I can pick up some shampoo while I’m there, you think. All of this is fine and dandy as long as you don’t leave your skin care products behind! If you’ve been taking good care of your skin, you won’t be able to pick up duplicates at the drugstore, so be sure to pack your hand-chosen skin care regimen to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Use a Mini-Routine
We all know how hectic the holidays can get. Between family dinners, outings, and the holiday festivities themselves, skin care if often forgotten. Since skin is clearly not the star of the season, there’s no need to become hypervigilant about maintaining your normal routine. However, inventing a mini-routine is a must for keeping skin beautiful! Skip the exfoliation, but be sure to cleanse. Cut down on your specialty makeup products (like eye brighteners and bronzers), but continue using protective minerals.

Another way to create a more efficient routine is to invest in a multi-tasking product or two. A cleanser-toner combination, for example, or a tinted moisturizer will save you a lot of time. One of the best examples of this is Atopalm BB Cream, a hydrating lotion that also provides broad-spectrum SPF 20 protection and a brightening mineral tint for perfecting the complexion. That’s three uses in one application, and at $19.99, this beauty balm cream may soon become a must for your home routine, too.

Protect, Protect, Protect
Physical protection is hugely underrated when it comes to beauty and winter skin care. Using protective skin care products is wonderful, but one of the best ways to prevent chapping, redness, and discomfort is to physically protect against the elements. Wrap a soft scarf around your neck and pull a knit hat over your ears and forehead to protect against harsh winter winds. Be sure to wear sunglasses or goggles when skiing, and don’t forget that physical mineral-based sunblock, which protects skin by creating an undetectable layer of minerals, rather than sinking into the skin like chemical sunscreens.

Keeping your skin healthy, comfortable, and beautiful shouldn’t be a stress this holiday season. Just be sure to keep these skin care tips in mind while traveling (or even at home!), and you’ll be sure to look as wonderful as you feel.

What is SPF?

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What is an SPF, and why do I need it? The question has been asked time and again. Beauty skin care companies take great care to include SPF in many of their products. Even some makeup includes an SPF. But, why is it there, and do you really need it for healthy skin?

SPF Basics
The letters SPF stand for Sun Protection Factor. Most people assume that SPF applies only to the greasy sunscreens of youth, and therefore avoid beauty products that are formulated with an SPF. However, that idea could not be further from the truth.

Any product, from lotions, sticks and sprays, to mineral makeup, lip gloss and daily moisturizers, can include an SPF. Simply put, sun protection factor is just a measurement to let users know how much protection from the sun they can expect from that product. Some products don’t include any sun protection, while some have a very high SPF rating. It’s all in the formula.

The higher the SPF rating, the more the product protects against UVB rays, which are responsible for sunburns. The easiest way to understand SPF ratings is to imagine that your skin would get burned if exposed to one hour of unprotected time in the sun. If you were to wear an SPF 15 sunscreen, that time would be extended to 150 hours; that is, 15 times what your unprotected skin could stand.

This oversimplification works as a general rule; however, it is important to realize that all skin types and tones burn at different exposure levels, and that UV rays vary throughout the day. In addition, reapplication makes a huge difference, as does one’s activity level. Because of this, it is always a good idea to re-apply SPF products if you’re spending a lot of time in the sun.

One last note on SPF ratings in general. SPF only refers to protection against UVB rays. The sun also gives off UVA rays, which are responsible for the damage that causes premature signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. The damage of UVA rays won’t leave your skin red or painful, which makes it that much more dangerous — you won’t even know it’s happening. Therefore, you always want to look for a broad-spectrum sun protection product, which will protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays.

Types of SPF
There are many ingredients used to protect the skin against the sun’s damaging rays. Mineral sunblocks, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, provide some of the best protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and do not degrade during wear. They are also natural skin care ingredients, making them a very popular choice.

Alternatively, there are chemical sunscreens, such as avobenzone, homosalate, and oxybenzone, which also provide good protection. However, they are chemical agents which degrade over time, demanding re-application.

No matter how you choose to protect your skin, you now know what SPF is and why you should use it. Research ingredients on your own to decide what’s best for you, and make sure to make adjustments for your personal skin type, complexion, and outdoor preferences.