REVIEW: SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner | First Impressions 2020

My Thoughts about SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner

A few days ago, Review Hunters reached out to me to try out the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Toning Toner. As I am always on the lookout for new skincare products to try, I said yes and got my package sorted.

While waiting for the items to arrive (as the items ship directly from South Korea), I researched the items, and here is what I have learned.

SKIN1004 started in 2012 in South Korea with a promise to deliver the trusted skincare benefits of its star ingredient, Centella Asiatica, which they source from Madagascar. They also aim to be your skin's guardian angel, as the number “one thousand and four” is a homonym for “angel” in the Korean language.

The main ingredients of their Toning Toner are: Centella Asiatica extract, PHA (gluconolactone), and hyaluronic acid

What do these ingredients do to our skin?

1. Centella Asiatica Extract

The star ingredient, Centella Asiatica Extract or also known as "cica" or "Madecassoside" is an anti-aging, moisturizing, soothing, and healing ingredient that is almost always featured in most South Korean skincare products. It also has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect which is something skincare lovers look for in a skincare item. Most importantly, it helps revitalize the skin's protective barrier and neutralize the free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution exposure.

2. PHA (gluconolactone)

PHA or Polyhydroxy acid is a chemical exfoliant related to the better known AHAs and BHAs. The main highlight of this ingredient is that it focuses on the skin surface rather than the deeper skin layers, making it gentler than other chemical exfoliants. This is recommended for dry skin as it is also a humectant, which means it helps to keep moisture on the skin.

Hyaluronic Acid

Lastly, we have hyaluronic acid which is a  natural humectant which means it helps keep moisture on the skin. Amazingly, it can hold up to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water. It helps minimize skin texture like lines and wrinkles and also helps keep the skin barrier strong. Another highlight of this ingredient is that it can help lighten dark spots and pimple scars. Hyaluronic Acid is best for dry skin but can help regulate oil glands for oily skin. 

Yesterday, I received the product and so here is what I think about it.

It comes in a sturdy white box that feels simple yet luxe. The Madagascar Sahara is also featured prominently on the box to highlight where the power ingredient comes from. 

It says: This is a daily toner that contains Centella Asiatica Extract from the untouched nature of Madagascar and PHA, a gentle exfoliating ingredient. These properties help maintain clearer and healthier skin and aid in activating the skin turnover cycle. 

There is also the usage instructions: Apply an appropriate amount to either a cotton pad or directly on to the palm and gently at into the skin. 

I like that it is has a clear caution on the box that says this is for external use, not for children and eyes, and to stop using if there is any irritation. The sticker seal is also great, along with the "12 months after opening" sign on the bottom. 

There is also a full list of ingredients; 

Upon opening, I liked the cute messages on the flaps that say "The gift from the untouched nature" and "From Madagascar". It tells me that they ut thought on the presentation of the item. 

The one I got is 210ml but there is also a 400ml version. The bottle itself is very minimalistic which is a welcome trend nowadays. It just states what it is and a photo of the Madagascar Sahara at the back. I suggest keeping the box if you would want to look back on the ingredients or other information.

Now, for my thoughts about the product itself.

The product is definitely worthy of a place on my vanity table. It is also durable as the packaging is made of thick plastic and not glass. I also like that it has a seal, which makes me feel at ease that my product has not been tampered with. 

Surprisingly, there is no detectable scent. I expected it to smell like nature, but nothing at all. The texture is very watery, and it does not leave any sticky or tacky residue on the skin. 

I will try this for a week and let you know what the effects are on my skin. 

You can purchase this item from the following online shops, whichever may be most accessible for you. Note that I can not guarantee the authenticity of the product from the following websites except Shopee as there is where I got mine. 






#SKIN1004 #Madagascar #Centella #WatergelSheetAmpouleMask #SheetMask #Maskpack #Korean #Skincare #SKIN1004 #Madagascar #Centella #Korean #Skincare


  1. This product is promising! I should now consider products with Centella into my skincare routine. Thank you for this review. I learned a lot!

  2. I love the packaging! I use niacinamide myself, which I noticed is an ingredient. It works pretty well for me! Hopefully it works well for you too.

  3. Oh wow this sounds really great! Your makeup is always so beautiful so I'd love to try this out!

  4. These products sounds great. Thanks for the review. I will definitely try these.

  5. Oh this sounds really nice, I may have to try this out!

  6. This looks like a really great line of products! I’m glad that I was able to learn more about it and see how it could be useful to get for myself.

  7. These look like great products!

  8. I love the whole look of the skincare. It's so boujie hahaha.

  9. I really am appreciative that you share screenshots of the Ingredients. Makes me decide asap whether to proceed with a product or not.

    1. Happy to know! I love diving deep into the ingredients too!

  10. I adore Korean Skin Care and I have to say that I'm in total love with this packaging!

  11. This sounds like a very good product. I didn't hear about this brand before.

    1. Me too! I only got to know them when they sent me this kit. :)

  12. These products look quite promising. I can't wait to hear about your results in a week. I am always looking for good quality skin care products! Yay!