If you’re a Korean beauty lover like me, you would have definitely come across the words “Centella” or “Cica” somewhere along your K beauty journey in creams, serums, toners or even hair shampoos! Yes, I’ve seen them! Centella or Cica is short for Centella Asiatica, also known as the infamous tiger grass. Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and numerous potent phytochemicals. The extracts have been found to calm inflammation, speed wound healing, improve skin elasticity, build collagen, and improve blood circulation, just to name a few. It’s no surprise that this ancient miracle herb has made its waves in the Korean beauty scene.
I’ve always wanted to try something with Centella as the main ingredient, especially after seeing some of my favourite brands like COSRX, Dr Jart and Benton offering them! Honestly, I was initially attracted by SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica Ampoule’s minimalistic glass bottle. Though I’m a softie for pretty packaged skincare, what made me set on to try the ampoule was its contents, which comprises 100% Centella Asiatica extracts.
The brand’s core ingredient – Centella Asiatica, is harvested from Madagascar which is the origin of the preservation of pure plants for hundreds of years or in their words “the untouched nature”. Since the brand’s main focus was Centella, I figured I’m most likely to be getting the real Centella deal with this product.
Skin1004’s Madagascar Centella Asiatica Ampoule is gentle yet potent, made with Centella Asiatica extracts containing:
- 30% Asiaticoside – to improve the skin’s water-oil balance and reduce the formation of wrinkles
- 30% Asiatic acid – to strengthen the skin barrier, relieve sensitive skin and improve skin’s elasticity
- 40% Madecassic acid – to provide skin relief and repair damaged skin such as acne scars
100% Centella Asiatica Extract
How to use:
After applying your serum, drip a couple of drops evenly onto the skin and gently tap in for better absorption.
You can also mix the ampoule with your favourite cream, soak it in cotton pads as a quick 5 min mask or mix with water to create a face mist to use throughout the day.
First off, I just love the brand’s philosophy of keeping the ingredients minimal but effective, similar to Pyunkang Yul. Rather than adding a bunch of ingredients to tackle a bunch of skin problems, SKIN1004 chooses to focus on simply soothing, hydrating and repairing sensitive skin. I tried this product at the best timing because I was going through period breakouts at the time.
The texture of Skin1004’s Madagascar Centella Asiatica Ampoule was rather watery, I did not expect that since I’m used to thinking ampoules were thicker than serums! It almost resembles an essence or toner. I did not mind it as it was equally as hydrating, mildly cooling and not sticky at all! The ampoule doesn’t have any scent too (yay! )!
Before application (left) VS after application (right)
My skin is slightly glowy after application and throughout the day, it doesn’t make my skin oil up.
I applied this product 2 times a day for 1 week and I actually didn’t realise much of a difference until I saw the before after photo!
Before (left) VS after 1 week (right)
My skin has become significantly glowy and some of my smaller scars have disappeared completely! Despite the difference in lighting, the minor skin redness has also reduced after 1 week.
I was surprised by the results in a week and will definitely continue using this in the long run to see how it controls my skin! I actually didn’t think I’d like such a watery ampoule, but I’ve grown to love it as it hydrated my skin well despite its texture. Now I kind of regret not getting the 100ml!
Rating: 5 / 5
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