Looking for hydrating Korean skincare products? Have you heard of SKIN1004 yet? A couple years back, I got my hands on the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella toner and ampoule and immediately adored them. They were so easy to apply and so hydrating. They left my skin supple and moisturized. All that to say, when I heard SKIN1004 had a new line of Madagascar Centella and Hyaluronic Acid products, I was excited to try it. Tending toward dry skin myself, I look out for Kbeauty products touting hydration and moisturization as this one does. So let’s see how they stand up!
Get ready to check out SKIN1004’s Hyalu-Cica line:
- Who is SKIN1004?
- What is Centella?
- What is Hyaluronic Acid?
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-fit Sun Serum SPF 50+ PA++++ Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Brightening Toner Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica First Ampoule Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Moisture Cream Review
- Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Cloudy Mist Review
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Who is SKIN1004?
SKIN1004 is a Korean skincare brand that was first launched in 2012. They focus on using high-quality raw materials with a focus on the Centella Asiatica sourced from Madagascar. SKIN1004 is passionate about using safe ingredients that are good for people with sensitive or irritated skin and are a cruelty free Korean skincare brand. They avoid common irritants like alcohol, parabens, triethanolamine, artificial fragrances and colors.
What Is Centella?
Before we get too far into the review, I think it’s important to know what the main ingredient is. Centella Asiatica is also known as Cica, so you may have seen it on other products. It is rich in antioxidants so it helps soothe inflammation of the skin which means it’s great if you are trying to combat redness or acne. Centella asiatica extract also has anti-aging powers, is rich in amino acids and helps boost skin elasticity. When you start to read the ingredients lists carefully, you’ll find this all over. It’s in one of my must-have favorite products, the Parsley Seed Energy Serum by AwakeAsleep and in one of my favorite vitamin C serums, the All day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Serum from Jumiso. It’s really a necessity for my skin and probably for yours too.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
If you have dry skin like I do, then you definitely need to look out for more products with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is intensely hydrating when used properly and attracts moisture helping skin to be firm and bouncy. Hyaluronic Acid is used in skincare products as a humectant that grabs water and and keeps it on your skin. To really be hydrating, products with different kinds and sizes of hyaluronic acid are ideal. This hydrating and moisturizing in turn helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age lines.
Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-fit Sun Serum SPF 50+ PA++++ Review
What is it? Chemical Filter Sunscreen
The Hyalu-Cica Water-fit Sun Serum has non-nano chemical filters for sun protection and blocking UV rays. The sun protection includes: Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, and Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone. The sun serum simultaneously takes care of your skin with beneficial ingredients like hyaluronic acid for hydration and centella asiatica to soothe and rehydrate dehydrated skin.
When to use it: Apply daily as the last step in your routine. Reapply as needed throughout the day.
Like a lot of people, I didn’t grow up thinking to put sunscreen on unless I was headed to the beach or would be outside all day in the summer. The rest of the year and during whichever activity, it wasn’t really a consideration. Because of that, I still have to remind myself how important it is to wear sunscreens daily. I LOVE sunscreens that are quick and easy to apply and also contain other skin-benefitting ingredients because of this. While I don’t need that heavy duty physical sunscreen every day, getting some sun protection every day is a must.
I really adore sun serums and the Hyalu-Cica Water-fit Serum fits the bill for what I’m looking for when it comes to a comfortable SPF for daily-wear. After application, the sun cream is not greasy at all and doesn’t leave any kind of white cast. It’s not matte but also not dewy. It feels more like a light face lotion. There is no pilling even when reapplied multiple times throughout the day.
Coming off covid with a new much more pared down skincare routine, I love how easy this is to apply and how beneficial it is to my skin. It feels great going on and is easy to carry around and reapply throughout the day. It could easily become one of my favorite sun serums.
Ingredients: Water, Dibutyl Adipate, Propanediol, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Niacinamide, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylyl Methicone, Diethylhexyl Butamido Triazone, Glycerine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract(9800PPM), Betula Alba Bark/Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare Sprout Extract, Medicago Sativa Leaf Extract, Brassica Oleracea Italica Sprout Extract, Eruca Sativa Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate(10PPM), Behenyl Alcohol, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Decyl Glucoside Tromethamine, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Adenosine, Xanthan Gum, t-Butyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid(1PPM), Inositol, Hyaluronic Acid(0.01PPM), Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin
Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum Review
What is it?
The Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum promises to hydrate, soothe, and brighten the skin. There are five types of hyaluronic acid for hydrating the skin and ceramide to help the moisture from the hyaluronic acid stay. The Madagascar centella smooths while the ivy leaf improves the look of dull skin. There’s also niacinamide to improve the appearance of pores, fine lines, and pigmentation as well as fight acne.
When to use it: After cleansing and application of toner.
The serum is thick and I appreciate that there is a pump lid so that it is effortless to use. It feels like a gel and easily spreads across the skin. There is an aroma which I found pleasant but it’s really not that strong at all. I don’t think most people would notice it unless you were really trying to. I tend to have dry skin so I’m always looking for products with extra hydrating power. I tend to love anything with hyraluronic acid because of this, and this easily hit the mark. I didn’t find this serum sticky or tacky like I do some others. It easily layered on top of the toner and found this left my skin very hydrated and plump. I used the entire Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica line for a month and noticed a clear brightening effect of my skin as well.
Ingredients: Purified Water, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water(38%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Pantolactone, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Methylpropanediol, Panthenol, Cetearyl Olivate, Carbomer, Arginine, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Adenosine, Polyglutamic Acid, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide-NP, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate
Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack Review
What is it? An evening moisturizer
This multi-tasking sleeping mask is formulated with pear and melon fruit extract for a calming and vitalizing effect on the skin. It’s packed with Madagascar cica extracts for soothing effects and three kinds of hyaluronic acids for deep long-lasting hydration. This sleep pack is meant to rejuvenate the skin to reveal softer, glowing skin when you awake in the morning.
When to use it: Apply to the face and neck at the end of your evening routine*
*Sleeping packs are also often recommended to be stored in the fridge between uses for a cooler more soothing effect. Definitely consider this in the hot summer months.
This sleeping pack has a very light gel-like texture that spreads easily across the skin. My usually dry skin really soaked this right up and it left no sticky or tacky texture after doing so. A little goes a long way with this… you don’t need as much as I have on my hand in the photo above even. Each night that I put this on, I woke with much more supple soft skin. The effects were great and exactly what I look for in a sleeping pack. Would definitely buy this again. I used the entire Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica line for a month and noticed a clear brightening effect of my skin as well.
Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Purified Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Polyglutamic Acid, Pantolactone, Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Carbomer, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Cetearyl Olivate, Methylpropanediol, Arginine, Pullulan, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Phytate, Xanthan Gum, Maltodextrin, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Gardenia Florida Extract, Melatonin, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Larix Sibirica Wood Extract, Quercus Mongolica Leaf Extract, Persicaria Hydropiper Extract, Rheum Palmatum Root/Stalk Extract, Asarum Sieboldii Root Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Corydalis Turtschaninovii Root Extract, Coptis Chinensis Root Extract, Machilus Thunbergii Bark Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide-NP
Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Brightening Toner Review
The Hyalu-Cica Brightening Toner has 74% centella asiactica leaf water, niacinamide, three different forms of hyaluronic acid including: sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and hyaluronic acid. This toner is meant to gently exfoliate your skin while soothing and brightening. It is said to have the golden ration of hyaluronic acid for moisturization and cica for calming and soothing.
When to use it: After cleansing the skin.
Ingredients: Centella Asiatica Leaf Water(74%), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Purified Water, Betaine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Xylitol, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-6 Dioleate, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Adenosine, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Phytate, Methylpropanediol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglutamic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide-NP, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid.
Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica First Ampoule Review
What is it? An ampoule to boost moisture
Enhance your skin with a combination of hyaluronic acid and centella asiatica extract, this ampoule is meant to combat dryness and moisturize the skin. There are 5 layers of hyaluronic acid penetration for a long lasting moisturizing effect. Key ingredients include niacinamide for brightening and fighting acne, capryloyl salicyclic acid as an exfoliant, and hedera helix (Ivy) leaf/stem extract for soothing and antibacterial effects.
When to use it: They recommend that you use this after cleansing your skin as the first step in your routine.
First thing’s first, this is a big ampoule bottle! You could use this morning and evening for months. There’s no major aroma or scent that I can detect. The long pipette means that you get ample amount of ampoule with just one squeeze. I love that. The ampoule has a light watery consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin. It left my skin hydrated but I will say that their other Madagascar Centella Ampoule had a more supple effect for my skin. This was hydrating and more brightening though.
Ingredients: Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract(92%), Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Water, Hydroxyacetophenone, Carbomer, Glycereth-25 PCA Isostearate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine, Sodium Hyaluronate(100.5PPM), Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Propanediol, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo (melon) Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Hyaluronic Acid(500PPB), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid (500PPB), Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Artemisia Princeps Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract
What is it? cream
This is a soothing daily cream meant to provide powerful hydration and moisturization for sensitive and dry skin. Key ingredients include centella asiatica extract and curcuma longa root extract which act as antioxidants as well as niacinamide which fights acne and brightens the skin. There are multiple extracts with soothing properties like hedera helix (ivy) leaf/stem extract, equisetum arvense extract, and turmeric root extract.
When to use it: Apply after cleansing
A little goes a long way. This is a lightweight soft creamy mixture that I found really soothing and easy to put on. I generally use heavier creams actually and thought this was very lightweight and wasn’t sure how it would stand up, but my skin drank it up lovingly. It wasn’t sticky or tacky on the skin and was easy to wear on a daily basis. I found it very hydrating and brightening.
Ingredients: Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract(50%), Water, Glycerin 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Carbomer, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Sorbitol, Tromethamine, Polyglyceryl-3 Distearate, Sedum Sarmentosum Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Adenosine, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Flower Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Disodium EDTA Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Prunus Domestica Fruit Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Cucumis Melo (melon) Fruit Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate(60PPM), Hyaluronic Acid(SOPPM), Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Solanum Melongena Fruit Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Fructan, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Sophora Japonica Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract
This mist has an optimized ratio of hyaluronic acid and cica to soothe irritation due to dryness and simultaneously hydrate the skin. There is 40% green tea water which delivers vitamins and amino acids to the skin to protect the skin barrier and maintain skin elasticity as well as lock in the hydrating effects. Ceramide, hyaluronic acid, and adenosine are meant to restore skin elasticity, preserve the hydration, and protect the skin barrier.
When to use it: Anytime your skin needs an extra dose of hydration throughout the day.
I used this mist most often when I had been working on my computer for a few hours at my desk and started to feel my face pinch up a bit from being dry. The dispenser is good and releases a fine even mist. There is a bit of an aroma that quickly dissipates. It’s light and provides a brief hydrating feel but I didn’t find it incredibly long lasting. It left me with more of a tacky matte sort of feeling after use. The creams and serum above had longer lasting effects in my opinion. This was probably my least favorite product in the line, but again, I’m not a huge mist fan so it is what it is.
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