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Review: Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream

7.05.2017

I am so excited to be reviewing the Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream for you guys. The brand Atopalm has been on my radar for almost a year so I was thrilled when I won this cream! I have read numerous reviews from others out there like me with sensitive skin that found the Atopalm products very effective.

The Claim:
This claims to be a rich cream that offers long lasting moisture benefits that help repair a damage skin barrier. The skin will be moisturized and calm immediately after application. The "Real Barrier" line is exclusive to the US only.

About the brand:
The brand began its journey nearly 20 years ago after research scientist, Dr. Park created a hypoallergenic formula safe enough to use on his newborn son. His son suffered from dry, cracked and painful dermatitis and after years of devote research, Atopalm was born which is consumer line of products to heal and protect even the most sensitive skin.


To start, I like to begin all reviews with stating my skin types and concerns at the time of testing the product. I would also like to mention YRMV (your results my vary) as a disclaimer. My skin during this time of the year is normal to combination. However, my skin can be sensitive, temperamental and acne prone. I have found that with the incorporation of a retinoid such as my Curology treatment or Differin, my skin is less likely to breakout but is more prone to dehydration and flakey skin. My review will reflect how this product works for my personal skin types and condition.

Patch Testing:
Every product I use goes through a very detailed patch testing period. I always patch test and I recommend patch testing to everyone. Although there is an argument out there patch testing doesn't actually work on The Beauty Brains, patch testing has saved my sin from some pretty serious negative reactions. Although I do agree with TBB (and love their this pod cast) that patch testing does not work against evaluating whether a certain product will cause breakouts. I do believe patch testing will help determine if your skin is allergic to the ingredients. This type of reaction is seen in the form of itching/stinging, intense flushing, burning, rash or hives. 

I introduce new skin care products to my easily irritated and often sensitive skin by patch testing. Patch testing can look different for everyone but for me, I test products in stages. For this cream, I applied it to my more sensitive areas which happen to be on my neck, chest and behind/in front of my ears. I applied this product twice within a 24 hour period. If all goes well, I begin to use the product on certain parts of my face, working up to using the product all over.

Packaging:
This cream comes in a study, white plastic jar that contains 1.7 fl.oz / 50 ml.

Full Ingredients:
Please see cosDNA here

Some stand out ingredients include hyaluronic acid and a patented dual ceramides complex that help to bind water to the skin. Squalane, mistletoe and phytosterols are all anti-inflammatory and pantheon and allantoin help to calm. The star ingredient in this formula is madecassoside which not only soothes and calms, madecassoside also helps protect the skin from external environmental irritants and helps stop the skin from becomes more sensitive to such factors. This amazing ingredient is one of four principal bioactive compounds in the plant extract centella asiatica, one of my favorite ingredients for my sensitive skin. And finally, at the core of the entire Real Barrier product line, this contains the MLE complex that mimics this skin's natural lipid barrier seen here


Also, this formula does not contain any of the following:

  • Parabens 
  • Ethanol 
  • Propylene Glycol 
  • Mineral Oil 
  • Phenoxyethanol 
  • PEG 
  • Artificial Fragrances 
  • Benzophenone 
  • Diathanolamine 
  • Artificial Pigments
Formula, Texture and Scent:
First, the scent of this is dreamy! The formula contains a mixture of lavender, orange and vetiver. The combination not only smells divine but lavender is antibacterial and vetiver is anti-inflammatory. The scent is very subtle, which is a good thing. Does is sound weird that I complain about highly scented skincare but I wish the scent of this product was stronger! Anywho, the cream has a thick texture that melts on contact and is very spreadable despite the density.



Results 
Overall, my skin did feel calmer and more soothed after application. This did decrease redness and plump my skin but it does leave a thin residue. This is not a bad thing as this is suppose to help steal in moisture and shield the skin from further irritates. Those with an oilier skin type might find this a bit too heavy but for my combination skin, my dry areas soaked it in while my oilier areas felt more balanced. Although I do love the de-sensitizing factors of this cream and that it is extremely moisturizing, this was a bit too heavy for my combination skin for day time use. I would be very comfortable using this as a night cream in the summer because I lived in a recirculated, air conditioned environment and my skin is often dehydrated. This definitely increased my hydration and moisturizing levels by 30-40% so I think this would be a perfect final layer in the winter time when my skin can tend to be more dry and dehydrated thanks to running the heater. I would repurchase to test this product in the cooler months but would not reach for this cream during summertime as I prefer layering lighter weight products. The only exception is when my skin is a bit flaky, one of the downsides to using a retinoid so this cream would definitely come in handy when I have "tret face".


Where to Purchase:
$31.90  at Amazon ->free prime shipping
$35  at Atopalm.com -> ON SALE for $28 + shipping


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