Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream is a rich cream that was developed to provide long-lasting moisture benefits and repair a damaged skin barrier. Formulated with natural humectants to reinforce our skin barrier, it contains specialty ingredients like:
Patented dual ceramide complex and the MLE® skin barrier formula – recreates skin compounds and structure that is the most similar to real skin (mimics skin’s natural lipid barrier), strengthens weakened skin barrier and keeps skin moist from deep inside, creating a 72-hour moisturizing effect.
Idealift – a skin firmness-boosting compound, which firms up sagging skin. It penetrates deep inside skin, thereby moisturizing and smoothening it without leaving a sticky or greasy feel.
A complex blend of panthenol, madecassoside, and allantoin – protects skin from harmful external environment.
According to Atopalm, this cream has completed clinical trial test that has proven its skin-barrier reinforcing effect, 72-hour moisturizing effect, and inability to irritate skin. It is also free of 10 additives that are harmful to skin, like parabens, ethanol, propylene, glycol, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PEG, artificial fragrances, benzophenone, diathanolamine, and artificial pigments.
The ingredients list looks stellar on CosDNA, scoring a string of ones and a score of three for ‘tocopheryl acetate’ ( a derivative of Vitamin E) towards the end. This sounds like the perfect cream for my sensitive skin with a weakened skin barrier. I’m excited to test it out!
The product came in a 50ml/1.7 fl oz sturdy plastic jar featuring a simple design. It gave off a faint lavender scent due to the presence of lavender oil. The product is good for 12 months upon opening, which is more than what I need since I went through this cream so quickly.
The cream has a rich consistency and smooth texture that melts on contact and is highly spreadable. I was worried about ‘cetearyl alcohol’ (4th) at first as it is known to clog pores and cause acne, so while I was testing, I paid special attention to the degree of congestion in my pores. While I did develop cystic acne during the one-month testing phase, I highly doubt it was due to this cream as the acne developed only on my right cheek which has always been my problem area.
I love using this as the final occlusive step in both my AM and PM routines. My skin immediately felt calm and hydrated, and looked supple and less red. This cream helped maintain the hydration in my dehydrated skin (which has problems with holding onto moisture) throughout the day/night. It did leave a slightly greasy finish, which was surprisingly quite comfortable. I would even use a thin layer of this cream on hotter days, and pile on a thicker layer on cooler days.
Over this past month, I really enjoyed this cream as it has desensitized my skin and left it healthier and stronger than before. I find myself reaching for it all the time despite the time of day, temperature or condition of my skin. I highly recommend this to all skin types, especially sensitive skin and would definitely repurchase once I’m out!