The MLE in Atopalm MLE Body Lotion stands for multi-lameller emulsion and it is supposed to be a breakthrough skin care technology. Ah, another one. It turns out that the main ingredient in Atopalm is a fairly simple one - a patented formulation of palm oil. However, it is effective.

If you look at the ingredients list, Atopalm Body Lotion contains the following tongue-twister: Myristyl/Palmityl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA. Derived from palm oil, this is a synthetic pseudoceramide. Ceramides make up skin's lipid composition. This is what helps skin repair its own barrier function. Deficiencies in ceramide can lead to skin disorders.

There have been published, peer-reviewed studies showing that synthetic ceramides can help the skin repair more quickly. Hence, ceramides have been added to plenty of cosmetics. Elizabeth Arden has a whole range called Ceramide. Atopalm is using a good key ingredient; its just not a breakthrough.