I always love using ampoule that contains Centella Asiatica as one of its active ingredients. Why? It is because Centella Asiatica is rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. It is known as effective at improving skin hydration. Based on the benefits on skin, I bought SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule. Frankly speaking, this has been my second purchase because I find this ampoule is really good to my skin.
Here’s some extra information about Centella Asiatica, and why this product needs to mention Madagascar. The country is known to be the very first location where Centella Asiatica was found. Natives in Madagascar have used it to protect skin and to heal wounds for a long time. It’s now being widely used with combination of modern technology as priceless pharmaceutical asset. Centella Asiatica that we use are cultivated in 17 different areas under optimal environment and hygienic control system. They grow in areas with an average temperature between 73.4F ~ 80.6F and with an altitude above 2,296 ft.
About the Brand
Developed by Korean beauty experts, skin care brand SKIN1004 selects the best skin-friendly natural ingredients to develop a series of products with significant efficacy, coupled with reasonable pricing. SKIN1004 is a very popular brand in Korea. The best-selling product “Zombie Pack” was sold out soon after product launch, and became the No.1 product in several department stores and online shopping platforms, including Lotte Department Store and OLIVE YOUNG etc. “Zombie” hit a new record in online stores in Korea, selling more than HK$2 million within 12 hours of availability. Korean “1004” pronunciation [cheonsa] is the same as “Angel” in Korean, so SKIN1004 means skin angel. The brand aims to help build angelic perfect skin.
I bought this ampoule from Althea for RM78. The price is within the range of my usual budget for a bottle of 100ml ampoule. Moreover, it only requires 2 – 3 drops for every application. It can last up to 3 months, depending on the usage. I usually apply it on my damp skin (preferably after toner), and just dab for faster absorption. The best thing about this ampoule is it can be mixed with water to produce cooling facial spray. It can also be stored in refrigerator for cooling effect (plus the benefits of soothing redness).
SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule has quite a watery texture with a faint smell. It penetrates fast into the skin. This is not a stand-alone product as there is a need to apply moisturizer and sunscreen after that. I might say that this is somewhat functions as a booster to ensure the skin is hydrated. I actually love this as it soothes redness – and it does not meant for reducing redness due to pimples.
SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella-Asiatica 100 Ampoule has three (3) active ingredients which function as follows:
Asiaticoside – Improves the water-to-oil balance of the skin.
Asiactic acid – Strengthens the skin’s barrier and has antioxidant effects for anti-aging.
Madecassic acid – Repairs damaged skin and evens out scar tissue.
My advice is this should be used together with other products, and can be mixed with your DIY fruit mask or any other cream or gel mask. There is no tingling sensation upon using this product. Great for skin hydration but not enough to be used as improving skin condition such as diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As I mentioned earlier, this cannot be used as stand-alone, it requires to be mixed with other skincare products to achieve the skin that you are looking for.