A few years ago, I saw my sister using Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream on my little nephew with eczema after his bath, she was also using it on her skin at the time. That was when my sister was pregnant, and I found it quite interesting. So I asked her about the cream, and apparently Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream was one of the biggest steady sellers for those with sensitive dry skin at any age. Haha, I know right, I get to know about different products thanks to my sister :P Last time, she told me about Mason Pearson hair brushes and this time, a dermatologist brand called Atopalm :).
About a year later, my man's skin condition had worsened, and he had dry patches here and there all over his body and redness on his face. He was born with severe eczema and his skin has become very thin from using steroids. The worst part is that some parts of skin on his body don't seem to regenerate, meaning he has been having that thin skin for the past 5-7 years or so. Because of his awful skin condition, those parts of skin become open wounds very easily. They get very flaky and painful when it gets dry. The discomfort coming from the itch and pain wakes him up in the middle of the night from now and then that he has medication for it too. Nevertheless, none of the dermatologists we went to could find a true cause, so basically he has to live with it for the rest of his life.
Although his skin is very reactant to most of oils and baby products, I decided to get him to try out Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream. I wanted to give it a go as Dr Park's core philosophy on the cream sounds like just what my man exactly needs; plant derived patented MLE (Multi Lamellar Emulsion) formulas that respect and mimic skin's own natural lipids, which ultimately helps with protecting and healing skin.
As much as he has been at discomfort, I've been very desperate to make his skin feel and look better. I've bought most of the baby products and different health supplements on the market, and I even put him on a special diet if it would help too. Our place is basically filled with less skin irritating things even for the paper towels.
Scent & Consistency
Before letting him try products, I always test them on myself first just to make sure they feel gentle on my skin without irritating. I do that especially to see if I can tolerate the fragrance and to make sure that the texture doesn't leave that oily sticky residue on skin which my man dislikes.
It was very surprising as most of the products that are designed for either babies or those with sensitive skin tend to feel quite tacky and/or overly rich. Even better, it feels quite light and doesn't leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It just makes skin feel velvety smooth without creating a heavy oily film on top of skin.
Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Propanediol, Myristoyl/palmitoyl Oxostearamide/arachamide MEA, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Distearate, Vitis Vinifera (grape) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosterols, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Arginine, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Fragrance, Tropolone
It's very interesting because my skin felt supple regardless of how light the finish was compared to other moisturising creams on the current market. The formulation is indeed genius, and my dehydrated normal skin simply loves it. And it's a great make-up base too so I can use it all year round. It's also very buildable, so you can put on another layer on the areas that tend to get dry very quickly throughout the day.
When I use the cream, I also dab some on my lips which tend to get very dry and sensitive throughout the day. I've noticed that it actually hydrates my lips and works very well underneath my lip balm. It seems that my lips don't get dried easily when it's layered underneath. I also tried it as a lip make-up base, and it gives a non-greasy/sticky base that lip colour seems to stay on much longer. I personally found it to be a great barely there hand cream too.
As for my man, Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream didn't irritate his skin, but it tingled a bit on some parts of his very fragile skin where some are open. He enjoys its lightweight formulation and his simple "It's good and it works fine" explains it all. Although his skin is sensitive to fragrance, he has been fine with Atopalm cream. The scent is nothing overly refreshing or herbal, but there's a slight medicinal hue which I personally found gives a therapeutic experience.
I would recommend Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream for those who are looking for a cream that's gentle and soothing without feeling rich or heavy. If you found La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream or even La Mer The Moisturizing Lotion a bit too greasy or heavy, then the Atopalm cream can be a great alternative as it gives a neat comforting finish with deep penetration. It's free of ferments, parabens, mineral oil, petrolatum and essential oils so it will work great on sensitive skin that needs a more gentle formula including in-office treatments. If you want a longer lasting barrier for the harsh winter, then you can actually add a few drops of argan oil into the cream, which still works wonderful. Even better you can share Atopalm Intensive Moisturizing Cream with your baby, so I think that it's well worth it and great value too!
Where to buy
- Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Facial Cream & Lotion (Dry/Sensitive/Eczema/Baby Skin)
- Laneige All Day Anti-Pollution Defensor SPF 30
- IOPE Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning (First Essence Lotion)
- Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil
- Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid, Cream & Oil Balm
- Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask (Gentle detoxifying mask)