A complete and honest review of skin1004’s madagascar centella line

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Ask a skincare enthusiast what their top 3 ingredients are, and I bet you’ll get a lot of “Centella Asiatica Extracts” in the response. While it’s not one of my top 3, it’s definitely a top 10.

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Products featuring this ingredient often claim to calm dry and sensitive skin, but the Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Line takes it a step further and promises incredible hydration as well. Let’s see how each of the products perform!

Key Skincare Ingredients

Skin1004 named this product line after the two key ingredients featured in this line: Hyaluronic Acid (HA) + Centella Asiatica (CA). The formula features them in what the brand calls “a golden ratio”, to maximize their skin-soothing and hydrating benefits.

While there’s no public research available to validate such a ratio even exists, there’s plenty of proof that both these ingredients deliver excellent skincare benefits:

Hyaluronic Acid Skincare Benefits

Often seen as “sodium hyaluronate” on the ingredients label, it’s a wonderful humectant that draws and retains moisture on the skin. By keeping the skin moisturized, it also helps minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while making the skin feel more full and plump.1

Hyaluronic acid can come in different molecular weights and provide further benefits:

High weight HA (500k – 4M Dalton) is too big to penetrate the skin but can form a protective layer that helps lock in moisture.2Low weight HA (3,4 They can also help reduce inflammation related to rosacea.5 If you see “hydrolyzed” as part of the name in the ingredient list, chances are it’s a low weight HA.

Centella Asiatica Skin Care Benefits

An anti-inflammatory plant extract that’s gotten really popular over the years, it’s skin soothing and wound healing benefits mainly comes from the following active compounds:

Asiaticoside – Found to increase antioxidant activity and collagen production!7,9Madecassoside – Found to inhibit melanin production from UV damage.8Asiatic Acid – Can also help increase collagen as well as glycosaminoglycans (another humectant found naturally on our skin) production.7Madecassic Acid – Yep this one helps with collagen production as well.7

At this point the question is more like: what doesn’t it do? Another fun fact, centella asiatica (CA) can also increase hyaluronic acid production within our skin, providing extra hydration benefits!6

Skin1004 sources their centella from Madagascar where the average temperature of 25 degrees, 700m altitude, and low pollution environment makes it ideal for growing this plant.

While there’s no proof that the extracts are more potent when sourced from Madagascar, we do know that soil nutrient is critical to overall plant health. Plus this is also where L’oreal gets their centella for their famous Cicaplast B5 Balm!

Other Featured Ingredients

In addition to the above 2 must haves, many, if not all, the other products in this line contain the following as well:

Pear Fruit Extract – A study showed that it has promising anti-aging, brightening, and antioxidant benefits, but more research is definitely needed here.11

No alcohol, no artificial fragrance, though there is a light floral scent from the rose water ingredient.


Skin1004 Hyalu-Cica Brightening Toner

Key Ingredients74% CA Leaf Water, 3 types of HA, a tiny bit of LHA and AHA

Price & Size$20 for 210ml on Skin1004, Amazon, Olive Young (JENNY123 for 5% off), YesStyle (mongvuongthan.vn for 5% off), Stylevana

As someone with dry skin I like my toners thicc and moisturizing, but this one feels pretty much like water on the skin. However, it still manages to deliver decent hydration and I like that it has some gentle exfoliants too:

Citric Acid, an AHA, will help remove the dead skin cell buildup, giving us softer and smoother skin.

For my dry skin this wasn’t as hydrating as say the Haruharu Wonder Toner or Maycoop Raw Sauce, but I found it easy to apply multiple layers to compensate. It’s hard to judge its exfoliating effects since I already use actives regularly, but it’s been a lovely addition to my routine. Just don’t use it when your skin is sensitive or it will sting a bit.

Must-have factor: ⭐⭐⭐


Skin1004 Hyalu-Cica Cloudy Mist

Key IngredientsGreen Tea Water, 0.3% CA Extract, 3 types of HA, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate

Price & Size$21 for 120ml on Skin1004, Amazon, YesStyle (mongvuongthan.vn for 5% off), Stylevana, Jolse

I love a good mist, and this is a GOOD mist. First the mist itself is super fine and dispenses evenly and gently on the skin. None of that getting sprayed with a hose kind of feel.

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Second, the mist isn’t overly heavy or greasy, which makes it perfect for layering between skincare steps to create a nice hydration sandwich:

cleanser ➡️ toner ➡️ mist ➡️ serum ➡️ mist ➡️ moisturizer ➡️ mist ➡️ facial oil/sleeping mask

Third, and perhaps a minor point, but Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is also the same star ingredient found in SK-II’s expensive essence. Obviously the % is much lower in this mist but as a fermented ingredient fan, I always love seeing them featured in products.

If you’re looking for a mist to freshen up in hot and humid weather or want something that layers nicely and offers a nice boost in hydration, this is a great option.

Must-have factor: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Skin1004 Hyalu-Cica Blue Serum

Key Ingredients38% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, 3 types of HA, Panthenol, Arginine

Price & Size$22 for 50ml on Skin1004, Amazon, Olive Young (JENNY123 for 5% off), YesStyle (mongvuongthan.vn for 5% off), Stylevana

If you hate hydrating serums that are sticky, don’t worry, this isn’t it. In fact, the texture is super watery, with just a bit more viscosity than the toner. It also contains the most hydrating ingredients out of the entire line, with 5 types of HA vs 3.

Now initially when using this it feels almost too light for my dry skin and didn’t have that plumping effect I love from thicker serums. However throughout the day (and night) it hydrated the skin just as well as any other HA serums I’ve tried, but it really doesn’t offer much else. Despite the centella asiatica water base, I didn’t find this serum particularly soothing or calming.

Oilier skin will enjoy the light hydration, but my dry skin definitely prefers something richer that gives it more bounce.

Must-have factor: ⭐⭐⭐


Skin1004 Hyalu-Cica Sleeping Pack

Key IngredientsCA Leaf Water, 5 types of HA, Panthenol, Arginine

Price & Size$20 for 100ml on Skin1004, Amazon, Olive Young (JENNY123 for 5% off), YesStyle (mongvuongthan.vn for 5% off), Stylevana

As someone who rarely likes sleeping masks (they’re just moisturizers with a fancy name!), this one surprised me in a wonderful way. First, love the water gel texture – it’s refreshing, it’s light, and it absorbs nicely into the skin even when you use a generous layer. No more residue all over your pillowcase!

Second, it actually provides long-lasting hydration throughout the night. My moisturizer was struggling to keep up with my now-dry winter skin, and usually I’d just lather my Nivea Creme on top, lately I’ve been using this instead and it’s holding its own. For a gel texture, that’s pretty impressive.

While the Nivea will still be my go-to when my skin gets really dry or I just need something super occlusive, I can see myself and other skin types using this year round. It’s certainly light enough and it does feel refreshing on the skin.

Bonus point: it helps brighten the skin too! Every time I use it I notice a glow in my skin the following day, similar to the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask!

Must-have factor: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Skin1004 Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum

Key IngredientsCentella Asiatica Extract (0.98%), 3 types of HA, Green Tea Extract

FiltersUvinul A Plus, Uvinul T 150, Tinosorb M, Uvasorb HEB

Price & Size$19 for 50ml on Skin1004, Amazon, Olive Young (JENNY123 for 5% off), YesStyle (mongvuongthan.vn for 5% off), Stylevana

Saving the best for last! This checks off everything I’m looking for in a great everyday sunscreen:

✅ Independently tested to confirm SPF50+ and PA++++ rating✅ Light lotion texture sets quickly and doesn’t pill✅ No white cast!✅ Slightly dewy finish that feels just moisturizing enough with no stickiness✅ Layers wonderfully under makeup