Review Thank You Farmer Back to Iceland Peeling Cream

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Hello again! As you might know, I’ve received some products from Thank You Farmer to use and review.

Thank You Farmer is planning to enter the Brazilian beauty market. They will probably be at the São Paulo’s Beauty Week in September this year. I was talking to Hyejin, from Thank You Farmer, and she decided to send me some cosmetics to try. She asked me which cosmetics I was interested in, and I thought: “Since they are planning to come to Brazil, it would be nice if someone here could already review their lines in advance”. So I told her that if it was possible to send me one product of each line. Fortunately, she agreed and I chose one of each line.

Well, not really… I’ve never tried a peeling gel in my life, and after I saw that they hold a peeling cream, I wanted it so bad! Once more, she agreed to send it to me. hehe

Now let me list the products I’ve got:

Back to Iceland Peeling Cream

Peeling cream with Iceland moss extract and plant-derived cellulose that help regain a healthy cycle of skin cell turnover and exfoliate your skin without tightness or dryness.


Back to Iceland Cleansing Water

Cleansing Water clearly cleanses skin wastes with Iceland moss extract that grows with strong life force in the cold region. I have also got the Dual Premium Cotton Pad to use with this cleansing water.


True Water Deep Toner

  • Cool and unique texture, unlike most watery toner.
  • Very uniquely smooth texture that slides on the skin.
  • Hydrates and controls sebum at the same time to optimize oil-moisture balance.
  • Boosting effect for long-lasting skincare and makeup.


Miracle Age Repair Serum

  • A dual-function serum that resolves all complex skin concerns at once.
  • Rich and plump for the resilience of skin.
  • Nourishes rough, lifeless skin for radiance.
  • Closely adheres to skin and penetrates quickly


Sun Project Light Sun Essence SPF50+ PA+++

  • A refreshing touch without stickiness.
  • An airy freshness without tightness or stiffness.
  • High sunscreen capacity without excess whitening.
  • Contains natural extracts such as phyto-oligo, inca omega oil, and bamboo extracts.


About the brand

 I’ll be explaining a little about the brand and will be following with the review.


Korean women use an average of 27.4 kinds of cosmetics each month. Grown up women around the world use an average of 4-5 products. How does your vanity look? Tens of cosmetic products are newly released each day and boast new ingredients and amazing efficiencies, but aren’t you tired of the endless flood of miracles and magic spells?

Thank You Farmer was born for you as you were looking for a product that gives you all that you needed by itself.

Look of Farmer

Thank You Farmer will not promise miracles and magic spells. Even the most popular cosmetic cannot turn a 40-year-old woman’s skin back to baby skin.
Even the most expensive products cannot correct your skin’s problems in a week.
However, using good products regularly will help your skin restore its natural strength
and slow the aging of cells. The way of becoming healthy and beautiful naturally and gradually without burdening the skin –
This is the honest promise of THANK YOU FARMER.

Why Farmer?

Being a farmer is the most honest job. Nature pays for a farmer’s sweat and a wise farmer knows that there is no shortcut when working with nature.

Thank You Farmer makes cosmetics with the heart of a farmer. We will choose to increase the contents of good ingredients rather than listing the difficult names of ingredients, and earn your trust with good quality of products rather than dazzling you with fancy advertisements. We will satisfy you with the results you can see in the mirror rather than instant outcomes.
Thank You Farmer (TYF) will discover the most natural balance your skin wants.

Who’s Farmer?

TYF was found by Mr. Nam, Kyu Woo with former VOV cosmetics and Kolmar Group CEO background. He has been involved in Korean cosmetic industry for around 30 years with his excellent experiences of developing plenty of global brands (around 300 brands) and expertise in formula and production. Kolmar Group is securing the global network worldwide in 9 countries and around 1,500 employees with their R&D capabilities currently working for Kolmar Korea.

Mr. Nam established TYF with a heart of a farmer and is pursuing to share the honest benefits with partners involved in all process of TYF products by performing the honest business. His promise is to ensure that the customers are provided the moderate degree of balanced cosmetics with the good quality and attractive package design that could be enjoyed over generations.


Now let’s go ahead to the review

The 1st step for the beautiful skin is Cleansing.

Iceland Moss (Cetraria islandica) grows wild under the extreme environmental clean conditions where a human touch can’t reach contains nature’s mystery of ancient times and life energy. Back to Iceland, is the cleansing line born for cleansing effect as well as healthy and beautiful skin with highly enriched Iceland Moss extracts with full of life energy and nutrition.

The story of Iceland moss

Moss is a plant body that grows wild under the harsh environment like the Antarctic, mountainous region of the Arctic, desert etc… It is known as the 1st lichen eaten by a human because of its rich nutritional ingredients. In addition, it has played an important role in forming good quality soil by supplying oxygen into the atmosphere and fixing nitrogen in the air. Moreover, it is regarded as a thankful gift from the nature that has been purifying the environment because its unique chemical ingredients are used as the indication to judge the air pollution.

Recently, this kind of mysterious efficacity has been receiving a great attention and its high possibility to be used as pharmaceutical application or genetic resource have been recognized, and the foreign academic world is actively studying this plant.

That’s so beautiful!

Iceland moss

Contains plenty of beneficial ingredients that help cure various illnesses by growing under the cleanest region. As the main ingredient, Iceland moss contains lichen starch 70% (Lichenan) that is a line of polysaccharides that is receiving a great attention and the ingredient used for increasing the immunity of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer…

That’s the Iceland moss. Picture sent by Thank You Farmer.

Back to Iceland Peeling Cream

This peeling cream is very different from others peeling creams/gels I’ve seen. This one contains not only cellulose but also contains a BHA, high concentration of PHA, 48% of Iceland moss, ultra low molecular Oligo HA (hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid),  witch-hazel extract, lemon grass extract and so on…

Now, check the pieces of information below and after that, I am going to be listing the full ingredients and I’ll be explaining their proprieties on skin.


Ingredient list

Centraria Islandica Extract, PEG-8, Cellulose, Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycosyl Trehalose, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Salicylic Acid, Lactobionic Acid, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance.

Centraria islandica Eextract:   

Anti-oxidation effect

This study aimed to evaluate the antioxidant activity of aqueous extract of  Iceland moss (C. islandica). It shows that the antioxidant activity increases with the increasing amount of extract. About 50, 100, 250, and 500μg of aqueous extract of Iceland Moss showed higher antioxidant activity than 500μg of α-tocopherol. The samples showed 96, 99, 100, and 100% inhibition of peroxidation*, respectively. On the other hand, the 500μg of α-tocopherol showed 77% inhibition of peroxidation*. The study shows that the anti-oxidation effect of Iceland Moss depends on concentration and it gets more potent when the concentration is higher.

*Peroxidation of linoleic acid.

Anti-inflammation effect

Iceland Moss has been used as the therapeutic treatment for infection over centuries through the home remedy in many countries and contains rich biological compounds such as polysaccharides of secondary metabolites. The results of this study suggest that the aqueous extract of Iceland Moss has an anti-inflammatory effect;

PEG-8: I’ve seen so many non-professional people accusing PEGs to be cancerogenic,  irritants and some others horrible stuff without any base. I’ve been using so many products with PEGs since I first started taking care of my skin when I was seventeen (4 years ago) and I haven’t had anything bad happening to my skin due to using PEGs. I will not get deeper into this subject, I will just past a quote of the last conclusions of 2005 from Toxicology and Preclinical Affairs:

“The PEGs produce little or no ocular or dermal irritation and have extremely low acute and chronic toxicities.  They do not readily penetrate intact skin, and in view of the wide use of preparations containing PEGs, only a few case reports on sensitization reactions have been published, mostly involving patients with exposure to PEGs in meds, or following exposure to injured or chronically inflamed skin.  On healthy skin, the sensitizing potential of these compounds appears to be negative.”

Cellulose: Texturising, peeling… This is a plant derivated cellulose that will do part of the exfoliating job;

Alcohol Denatured: This type of alcohol can be irritating and cause sensibility to some people. The percentage of this alcohol is unknown but it feels like it’s really minimal, at least for me. I don’t feel any irritation or something similar when using this product but I would prefer that the formula uses ethanol or something better, like an alcoholic extract of chamomile, instead of alcohol denatured. That’s just my opinion but I would like Thank You Farmer to consider it. Anyway, you will probably find alcohol in almost every peeling cream/gel because they play an important role by making the grains of cellulose form faster;

Glycosyl Trehalose: Moisturizing;

Glycerin: Humectant. Maintains water balance;

Salicylic Acid (0.5%): A beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that works as a keratolytic by exfoliating the skin and has antimicrobial properties. It is also well documented that it can improve barrier functions, skin thickness, and collagen production. Because it is fat-soluble, it penetrates the sebaceous membrane and penetrates inside the pore. This study shows the results of salicylic acid peels (high concentration) in darker racial-ethnic groups. It suggests that superficial salicylic acid peels are both safe and efficient for treatment of acne vulgaris, oily skin, textural changes, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in patients with skin types V and VI;

Lactobionic Acid (8%): This formula contains 8% of lactobionic acid, which is a new generation of AHA, called polyhydroxy acid (PHA). Lactobionic acid can be formed by oxidation of lactose.

PHAs have been found to be compatible with clinically sensitive skin, including rosacea and atopic dermatitis, and can be used after cosmetic procedures. PHAs provide additional humectant and moisturization properties compared with AHAs and can enhance stratum corneum barrier function, therefore increasing the skin’s resistance to chemical challenge. Most PHAs also possess antioxidant properties. PHAs such as Gluconolactone or Lactobionic Acid may be used in combination with other products, ingredients, or procedures such as laser and microdermabrasion to provide additional benefits to therapy or to enhance the therapeutic effect.

PHA-containing products were shown to be compatible with African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic/Asian skin and provided significant improvements in photoaging in these populations.

SourceThe use of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) in photoaged skin.

Lactobionic acid has shown better skin performance when compared with glycolic acid, particularly the lack of both skin irritation and skin barrier impairment, as you can read here;

Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Extract: Helps hydration with rich unsaturated fat acid and vitamin C;

Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract: Superoxide dismutase activity, high phenolic content, helps take care of pores and protect skin from the external environment. It also has astringent and anti-inflammatory properties;

Cymbopogon schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract: Gorgeous skin improvement, glowing skin, and skin soothing. Possibly an anti-inflammatory;

Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid: Superior penetration, fast and excellent efficacity, stimulates stem cells with ultra-low molecular weight components, helps keep skin hydrated and elastic, prevents wrinkles and elasticity decrease by inhibiting elastase;

Arginine: A semi-essential amino acid that is produced naturally by the body. It mainly functions as an antioxidant that helps build collagen production, when applied topically. Orally, it can speed up wound healing.

Acne triggers according to Cosdna

Butylene Glycol is the only one. It strikes 1 out of 5.

Irritant according to Cosdna

Alcohol Denatured strikes 5 out of 5 and Carbomer 1 out of 5.

Safety according to Cosdna

Most of them are green flagged (1 or 2 out of 9), some of them are yellow flagged: PEG-8 and PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, which strike 3. Alcohol Denatured, Salicylic Acid and Phenoxyethanol strike 4. Fragrance strikes 1~4. There isn’t a single ingredient flagged as red.


The product comes in a 150 mL green and resistant plastic bottle. It is very easy to dispense the product on your fingers because the design of it makes the product always stay on the bottom, touching the cap. You barely need to squeeze the bottle to get the product once you open the cap. The bottle is very simple and beautiful! ♥


Texture and scent

The texture is very creamy but still kinda runny. It is very easy and pleasant to massage when in contact with the face.


I agree with TYF when they say it smells woody, herbal, and floral. The scent is amazing! I find it a very natural scent, even though you can feel a bit of the alcohol. It’s fresh and relaxing.

How to use

Very simple, just apply a generous amount on your cleansed and dry face avoiding your eye area and massage. After massaging, I like to let it rest for a few minutes so the acids can do their job. If you think only the massage is enough, you don’t have to wait, just wash your face and follow with your routine.

I recommend you to use it twice a week if you have oily skin. If you don’t have oily skin, once a week should be enough.


It’s funny because I always thought that a peeling cream/gel could never be as effective as a peeling done with grains because most of them are almost only cellulose with a low concentration of acids. So I always wondered why would I buy something that’s is mainly grains of cellulose when I can save money using my homemade recipe? I used to exfoliate my face with a mix of cleansing oil with corn powder and that was more than enough to remove every dirt on my face. That is one of the reasons that made me not want to add a peeling cream/gel.

Then everything changed when I got the chance to use this peeling cream, my first ever. I was surprised how effective it is! The quantity of cellulose is perfect. It creates enough grains to exfoliate every corner of the face. Plus, it has a high concentration of PHA (8%), a super good exfoliating acid with others proprieties welcome even to sensitive skins, as explained by me before, and 0.5% of salicylic acid to help with the exfoliation and others super good ingredients like glycerin, Oligo HA to hydrate the skin and some plant extracts. It is indeed a very unique product, very different from most of the peeling creams/gels you will find out there (which is composed mostly of cellulose with low concentrations or nothing of acids).


Since I started using this peeling cream, I have no reasons to go back to my homemade peeling! Get it?

Final thoughts

I am so glad I could try this product. I didn’t have high expectations about this kind of peeling products because of their weak composition made mainly of cellulose. But as I said before, this one is different, it uses acids concentrated enough to exfoliate plus it has 48% of Iceland moss extract, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing and soothing ingredient.

If you are looking for a gentle but very effective peeling cream, I highly recommend you this one!

Rate: 4.5/5

P.S.:  You can buy TYF products in Korea from Official Online Store or offline shops.

In Europe, you can find it on Cult Beauty Website.

In the USA, you can find it online on Ulta website and in Ulta offline stores and also on eBay and Amazon that ship worldwide.

This product was sent by Thank You Farmer. ALL the opinions are of my own and the review is 100% honest, like all of my others reviews I’ve written here and on Instagram.


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