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You slather on moisturiser at every opportunity, use all kinds of masks and creams religiously, but your skin still feels tight and dry, and you see visible fine lines on its parched surface.

What’s going on!? How do you get to that holy grail level of hydration for your skin without looking like a greasy mess?

One reason why you have this persistent problem: weakened skin barriers.

What is a weakened skin barrier?

Imagine your skin as a waterproof layer wrapped around your body. Although it is waterproof on the outside, there is still moisture present in the inner layers of healthy skin, providing essential water for your cells to function.

Applying moisturiser over your skin is like spreading a layer “film”, preventing water from evaporating out of your skin, thus trapping the moisture within and keeping your skin hydrated.

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Source; defective skin barrier results in water loss, leading to dehydrated skin

Unfortunately, if your skin barrier is weakened, moisture can “leak”, or evaporate, more easily, and bacteria may be introduced as well.

Weakened skin barriers may be partially behind skin conditions like eczema, or perpetually dry skin. Having perpetually dry skin means dealing with on-off itching, flaking, rashes, premature ageing, and other such skin problems. It doesn’t sound cute, right?

What can you do about it?


Thankfully, the right topical products can help your skin barrier recover its integrity, while re-hydrating your skin at the same time.

What this means is that, unlike regular moisturisers that only re-hydrates your skin, there are topical products that can also repair your skin barrier.

Atopalm Real Barrier, in particular, is a range of skincare products from Korea that has been treating skin barrier recovery very seriously since their launch in 2008.

They’re one of the top selling brands in Watsons Korea, and for good reason – they have innovated a globally patented technology called MLE (Multi-Lamellar Emulsion) that specifically helps to recover your skin barrier function.

This is how Atopalm Real Barrier products work:

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MLE repairs skin barrier and keeps allergens and microbes out

Without going all technical on you, MLE basically uses two types of ceramides (Ceramide 9S and Ceramide 5SP) to regenerate the natural structure of healthy human skin, effectively restoring your skin barrier and keeping all that good hydration in.

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3-Calming Complex soothes irritated skin

Skin barrier recovery is even more important for those of us who have sensitive skin, so naturally these products would be suitable for all skin types. It contains a 3-Calming Complex of panthenol, madecassoside, and allantoin to calm and soothe irritated skin.

Where do you start?

Our hot and humid climate might give people the wrong impression that we don’t also struggle with dry skin issues, but we’re sure that all the Singaporean women out there can testify that this isn’t true.

Our cries have been heard, and Atopalm Real Barrier has finally landed on our shores and into our local Watsons, can we have a hurrah?! No more flaky skin, or being reminded time and again by our facial therapists about how dehydrated our skin is.

Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream

atopalm real barrier extreme cream

If you are overwhelmed by the wide variety of Atopalm Real Barrier products you can choose from, start from this one. The Extreme Cream harnesses the power of hyaluronic acid to pull water into your skin, but also contains MLE and the 3-Calming Complex to also rehydrate and repair your skin barrier.

I have tried it out for myself, and I have to say: don’t be intimidated by the thick texture of the cream – it absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any layer of grease at all into your skin.

It also makes for a great night moisturiser, when you really want to make sure your skin doesn’t dry out further from air-conditioning, or if you want a boost of hydration for the next day. I found that my skin looked healthier and more hydrated!

Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream retails for SGD 40 (50 ml) at Watsons.

Other Atopalm products

If you’re into more intense recovery of skin barrier, you can consider switching your entire skincare routine to Atopalm products, as they all contain MLE and 3-Calming Complex, so you can really make it work overtime for you.

Facial cleansing:

  • Atopalm Real Barrier Cleansing Foam: SGD 19 (150g)


  • Atopalm Real Barrier Essence Mist: SGD 19 (80ml)
  • Atopalm Real Barrier Intro Serum: SGD 34 (40ml)

Moisturising creams:

  • Atopalm Real Barrier Aqua Relief Gel Cream: SGD 34 (50ml)
  • Atopalm Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream: SGD 34 (50ml)

Concentrated care:

  • Atopalm Real Barrier Eye Contour Cream: SGD 37 (30ml)
  • Atopalm Real Barrier Extreme Cream Mask: SGD 27 (28ml x 5)
  • Atopalm Real Barrier Soothing Ampoule Mask: SGD 27 (28ml x 5)

Sun protection:

  • Atopalm Real Barrier Tone Up Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++: SGD 30 (40ml)

Where do you get them?

Atopalm Real Barrier products are available at selected Watsons stores, or on Lazada.

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