Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 2 Step Mask Review:
With the centella/cica hype booming so suddenly the past couple of years, I started to see this brand everywhere, with the centella ampoule as its main breakout star. But while I’ve not had the chance to try that product from Skin1004, I think this 2-step mask would be a decent gauge of how this product line would work for me. So, let’s see, shall we?
+Maintains pH balance; soothing:
Aids in repairing sensitive skin’s damaged moisture barrier by enhancing its ability to heal itself and by soothing the skin as a result of the external hazardous environment.
+Tencel sheet (natural fabric):
Tencel mask that perfectly adheres to your skin with extra softness and effective absorption of the essence.
+High-enriched cream (2-step moisturising):
Deeply hydrates dry skin with Centella Asiatica’s powerful moisturising effect.
Step 1 (Mask)
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Sea Water, Xanthan Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Collagen (Marine Collagen), Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Beta-glucan, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Leaf/Stem Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Honey Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1.
Step 2 (Cream):
Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Niacinamide, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, PEG-50 Shea Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Squalane, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol,Tromethamine, Panthenol, Sodium Carbomer, Erythritol, Trehalose, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Adenosine, Lavandula Spica (Lavender) Flower Oil, Xanthan Gum, Ozonized Olive Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Orange Roughy Oil, Madecassoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Asiaticoside, Malt Extract, Asiatic Acid, Butter Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, Ceramide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Linoleic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linolenic Acid.
Star Ingredients (in both mask and cream):
Centella Asiatica Extract: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Best known to be cooling and soothing, and also helps heal wounds or inflamed skin. It also has antioxidant properties so provides anti-oxidant benefits. Consists of 99.5% water.
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
Panthenol: Also known as pro-vitamin B5. Used primarily as a humectant as it has the ability to attract and retain moisture.
Betaine: An amino acid which is also known as trimethylglycine or glycine betaine. Functions primarily as a humectant and anti-irritant. Able to temporarily decrease the depth of wrinkles, giving the face a much smoother appearance.
Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3. Helps to boost collagen production and in turn strengthens the skin’s natural lipid barrier. Over time, may also assist in brightening, anti-aging and reducing the appearance of enlarged pores.
Madecassoside: Derived from the Centella Asiatica plant. Has strong anti-inflammatory effects, and stimulates fibrolasts that create collagen, hence strengthening the skin’s structure. Also contributes to anti-aging as it is an effective antioxidant.
Volume: 25ml (mask), 2g (cream)
How to use:
1. After cleansing and toning, apply the mask sheet (Step 1) onto the face.
2. Remove the mask after 15-20 minutes and massage the face for absorption.
3. Follow by applying the cream (Step 2) onto face, patting gently for better absorption.
My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated
Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 2 Step Mask Review:
First off, the plastic packaging of this mask is reasonably cute, what with its fitting green theme to fit the rest of the Madagascar product line. However, as it is a 2-step mask, I’ll split this review into two parts to make it easier to read. As this mask does claim to aid in relieving sensitized skin and also providing hydration, I used it when my skin was particularly itchy due to allergies/stress/dehydration, so the following views are definitely on a YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) basis, as usual.
Step 1: Madagascar Centella Asiatica Facial Mask
Opening the packet, I noticed immediately that the scent was a little too cloying for my liking. I couldn’t put my finger on it exactly, but to me, it had a moderate sweet and slight herbal scent. Luckily, the scent does dissipate once worn for awhile.
The material and fit of the mask are decent at most, with the material being thin and smooth but not that soft or plush-feeling on the skin, while the fit is a little short on top. It adheres well to the skin and can be stretched a little to adjust the fit, though.
The mask’s essence is the clear, watery kind and does drip a bit if you’re not careful, but otherwise fine. I personally like masks with thinner essences, so this wasn’t necessarily a new experience for me, so it’s fine. As I usually store my sheet masks in the refrigerator prior to use, the mask definitely felt extremely nice and cool on my skin.
However, as there were some areas of itchiness on my face prior to masking, I was hoping to feel a similar feeling of relief, only to be a little disappointed as the feeling remained persistent during most of my masking time.
Fortunately, by the time the recommended 20 minutes was up, while there was a bit of a tacky finish, the sheet mask definitely seemed to have soothed the itchiness and my face also felt much more moisturized. There were no noticeable brightening effects at all, but as it’s not claimed, it’s fine.
Also, while my facial skin looked more even-toned, any and all inflamed spots or facial redness was still very much visible. Which was a huge let-down for me. So overall, skin definitely felt soothed, but these soothing effects were definitely not that impressive appearance-wise.
Step 2: Madagascar Centella Asiatica Cream
The second step to this mask is an emollient gel-cream with a milder scent compared to the mask, but it does have a similar sweet-herbal undertone. The cream spreads easily onto the skin and feels very lightweight, and is easily absorbed without any tackiness, leaving a slight dewy/semi-matte finish.
However, similar to the mask, it didn’t instantly help to soothe the appearance of my facial redness either.
Overall, not bad, but I was also quite surprised at how little cream is included in the packet (it’s all contained within the small bubble) – though, it’s still a decent amount for one-time use.
In conclusion, I’d rate the Skin1004 Madagascar Centella Asiatica 2 Step Mask a decent 3/5. While it’s not mindblowing and didn’t necessarily soothe my inflamed skin (at the time) to the extent that I was hoping it would, it wasn’t all that bad.
Not something I’d repurchase, though, to be honest. But I am still curious about its sister product (the ampoule), so maybe one day I’ll give it a go, despite it all.
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