Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule & Cream Review

October 11, 2018

Hi guys, today I'll be sharing all about Skin1004's Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule & Cream.



I first came across this brand on Instagram and I was kind of reminded of Huxley. Just the mention of "Madagascar" brought Middle-East vibes, and I immediately thought of Huxley lol. The packaging of their products are very minimalist and almost everybody who blogs about K-beauty on Instagram has featured or used them.


Skin1004 is a brand that has researched raw materials from oceans, deserts and forests around the world in search of the ideal raw material. They believe that they've found it in Madagascar, and thus, their Madagascar Centella Asiatica line was born. As a fan of Centella Asiatica (it's one of my fave ingredients), I was really keen on trying their products to see what sets it apart from other Cica products.

Without further ado, let's get on with the review!

WHAT IS IT:
The Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule is a gentle but potent concentrate made with 100% Centella Asiatica Extracts for bright, rejuvenated skin. It can be used by itself (as a concentrated ampoule) or mixed with your favourite cream, saturated in cotton pads as a mask, or even mixed with water to create a mist that you can use throughout the day.

It has great healing properties and promises to soothe sensitive skin, fight acne, battle acne scars & absorb easily into the skin.


The Madagascar Centella Asiatica Cream on the other hand is a moisturizer formulated with 20% Madagascar Centella Asiatica extracts. It provides instant repairing and calming power for damaged skin, and was actually made as a response to the ampoule's popularity.

It promises to regenerate the skin, as well as to first moisturize the skin and then leave it soft & supple at the end.



WHERE TO BUY
Skin1004 is now officially available here in Malaysia via Wako.com. Wako.com is a new K-beauty shopping website that offers 100% authentic products + the best selection of K-beauty brands with the most competitive prices. They offer free shipping on orders above RM100 and also offer a 10 day money back guarantee.


The ampoule is available on Wako at RM72, while the cream retails for RM70:



Since Wako is the official flagship store for Skin1004, you also get 10% off on all Skin1004 products!



PACKAGING
The packaging has a clean feel to it, and the come sealed in a light green + white box:


The ampoule is pretty big! Ampoules and serums at the same price point usually come in either 30ml or 60ml dropper bottles, but this comes in a whopping 100ml!


The cream comes in a hygienic tube (yasssss you don't have to scoop!) and contains 75g of product.



INGREDIENTS
If you've been following me and you still haven't caught on about Centella Asiatica, then what is you doingggggg? One of K-beauty's hottest ingredients since last year, Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids and phytochemicals, that have powerful anti-aging properties. It's known to be good for people with sensitive or acne prone skin because it helps with the synthesis of collagen and skin tissue.

There are 4 main types of acids/ingredients that can be derived from the Centella Asiatica plant: Madecasoside, Asiatic Acid, Asiaticoside & Madacassic Acid:


What makes Skin1004's Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule special is that it contains 100% Centella Asiatica extracts, as in, it literally on contains that!



This is why I was so keen on trying it out because as my fave ingredient, I was wondering whether such a high percentage would have an even more dramatic effect on my skin compared to products that only had a small percentage.

The cream, on the other hand, was almost 10% Centella Asiatica extracts and contains other moisturizing ingredients such as Glycerin, Shea Butter, Squalene, Panthenol, Trehalose & Beta-Glucan. It also contains brightening ingredients like Niacinamide and Adenosine.



TEXTURE & FRAGRANCE
The ampoule has a very watery/thin consistency and smells slightly medicinal. The smell is very faint however, and disappears once it absorbs into the skin. It really is very light (almost water like) and is not sticky at all.


The cream is water based and has a more water-gel texture. Its white on colour and smells a bit citrusy (which I like). Like the ampoule, the scent disappears once its absorbed. It absorbs easily into the skin and doesn't feel overbearigly heavy or anything. When you first apply it you know its there, and as time goes on it becomes more comfy and airy.




HOW TO USE
After cleansing + toning my face, I apply 2-3 drops of the ampoule on my face and pat it into my skin. Since its very light, I actually like using 1 layer in the morning and around 3 layers at night. How I layer it is I just pat it in until it's absorbed before going in with another layer.

After I'm satisfied with how much I have on, I apply the cream. A little goes a long way so I don't really use a lot.


MY REVIEW & VERDICT
I just wanna start this off by saying that if you have acne skin, the ampoule will be your best friend. Since it's so light and refreshing, I really enjoyed using it. The consistency is very light (almost like an essence) so it doesn't feel like its too much on my skin. It absorbs great into the skin and 1 layer is actually pretty good already. I only layer when I feel stressed and am breaking out (lol) or when I'm feeling extra care at night.

With the healing properties, I think it works amazing. My freshly popped pimples usually take about a week to fully heal but when I used this ampoule, I found that my wounds healed faster (although they would sometimes still scar, but that's just how my skin works). I mentioned before that my fave Vitamin C serum (Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop) can fade my acne scars in a matter of months, and I feel like when it's paired with this, it speeds up that process even more. Although the ampoule is great at healing the skin, I think alone it doesn't do much for my old and deep acne scars. Its more of a healing ampoule for my scars to make sure they heal well when the wound is fresh. If its new and I manage to work on it early, then using this on a specific spot was good enough to fade small marks. But for deep ones, like I said, I found that it took longer and I prefer using my Klairs serum instead for that.

As for the cream, I find it alright. It feels really cooling and moisturizing to the face, but I wouldn't say it feels anything superbly different from my other moisturizers at the moment. It doesn't feel sticky if you put on the right amount, but if you layer it on like a sleeping mask at night, it will get slightly sticky.

I tried this with open wounds and it didn't really work that well for me. If you have open wounds/popped pimples, I recommend using an aloe vera gel to heal it instead. After that, you can use this cream to heal it, but in terms of fading...please refer to my thoughts about the serum above ahahaha.


Overall this duo was pretty good, but individually I prefer the ampoule more. They both didn't break me out + did whatever they claimed, and I don't really have anything negative to say about both of them.


WILL I REPURCHASE
It's taken me some time to even reach one fourth of the ampoule bottle, but since I quite enjoy its texture + healing properties, I'll definitely be repurchasing it. It's useful as a diy mask too since its so thin. Just soak a cotton pad and put the pads on your cheeks!

As for the cream, I probably won't repurchase it. It was fine, but I just wasn't that impressed by it.



And that's it for this post! I hope you found my review helpful and informative πŸ’“ If you'd like to try these products out for yourself, you can get them on Wako's website by clicking the links below:

Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 100 Ampoule • RM72
Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica Cream  RM70

Thanks for reading through, see ya in the next one!




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