Thank You Farmer sent me some products for free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review and this is the third one I am writing about. I already reviewed the sunscreen and the peeling cream. Let’s follow with the review.
A deep moisturizing toner with a unique slippery texture that refreshingly quenches the thirst of your skin as a glass of water that you drink in the morning.
- Cool and essential texture, unlike ordinary toners;
- A very unique application that slips on your skin;
- Optimum oil-moisture balance that hydrates and controls sebum at the same time;
- The boosting effect for long-lasting adherence of skincare and makeup.
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol, Niacinamide, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Soluble Collagen, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Coceth-7, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, Betaine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Adenosine, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Tromethamine, Polyquaternium-51, Glycosyl Trehalose, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Raffinose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Inositol, Lecithin, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, CI 42090, CI 19140.
Analysis of some ingredients
Glycerin: Also called glycerine or glycerol, glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient. It is a humectant naturally found in the skin;
Butylene Glycol: Skin conditioning agent;
Alcohol: Solvent, absorption enhancing, ingredient delivery;
Niacinamide: Niacinamide is an effective skin lightening compound that works by inhibiting melanosome transfer from melanocytes to keratinocytes. It improves the stratum corneum barrier, decreases transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Also, niacinamide is well tolerated and isn’t subject to oxidation.
Piper methysticum (Kava) Leaf/Root/Stem Extract: According to a supplier called SpecialChem, this extract possesses soothing, antiseborrheic, relaxing, and anti-inflammatory properties;
Dioscorea japonica (Wild Yam) Root Extract: This root contains an active called Diosgenin. Diosgenin is a steroidal sapogenin known to possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can be used for skin aging . It was also shown that Diosgenin inhibits melanogenesis, and also suggested that it may be an effective inhibitor of hyperpigmentation;
-  Diosgenin: recent highlights on pharmacology and analytical methodology;
-  Diosgenin inhibits melanogenesis through the activation of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase pathway (PI3K) signaling.
Phellinus linteus (Meshima) Extract: This mushroom has anti-inflammatory effects as well as anti-angiogenic. Phellinus linteus extract was comparable to vitamin C in scavenging the stable free radical 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). It also inhibited lipid peroxidation in a concentration-dependent manner*.
- Anti-inflammatory and related pharmacological activities of the n-BuOH subfraction of mushroom Phellinus linteus;
- Antioxidative and immunomodulating activities of polysaccharide extracts of the medicinal mushrooms Agaricus bisporus, Agaricus brasiliensis, Ganoderma lucidum and Phellinus linteus;
- *Anti-angiogenic, antioxidant and xanthine oxidase inhibition activities of the mushroom Phellinus linteus.
Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract: This plant is widely used in popular medicine. It’s mainly an antioxidant. Pharmacological studies indicated that burdock roots have hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenging and antiproliferative activities.
- Antioxidative and in vitro antiproliferative activity of Arctium lappa root extracts;
- Antioxidant activity of burdock (Arctium lappa): Its scavenging effect on free-radical and active oxygen;
- Anti-inflammatory and radical scavenge effects of Arctium lappa.
Portulaca oleracea (Little Hogweed) Extract: Known as Ma Chi Hyun in the traditional Korean medicine, it showed a variety of biomedical efficacies including those in anti-inflammation and anti-allergy. A study made with 10% ethanolic extract of the aerial parts (dried leaves and stem) showed significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic after intraperitoneal and topical but not oral administration when compared with the synthetic drug, diclofenac sodium as the active control.
This study showed the antioxidant properties of different cultivars of Portulaca oleracea and reported that they were capable of inhibiting lipid peroxidation. The results of this study showed that Portulaca oleracea extracts have protective effects on UVB-induced apoptosis (cell death);
Pueraria thunbergiana (Kudzu) Root Extract: This is probably another antioxidant. I couldn’t find any studies on Google Scholar. All I could ever find was about Pueraria lobata which has antioxidant properties.
Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: Used as skin-whitening, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizer. It contains licochalcone, chalconoid which controls oil production and helps soothe acne-prone skin. It contains glabridin, a prenylated isoflavonoid that has been associated with a wide range of properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin-whitening and more . Glabridin is a unique compound possessing more than one function; not only the inhibition of melanogenesis but also the inhibition of inflammation in the skins . Even though glabridin is one of the most studied licorice flavonoids, there’s still a lack of studies about its biological effects. Licorice also contains glabrene and isoliquiritigenin, compounds that may work as tyrosinase inhibitors (skin-whitening) .
-  Phytochemistry and biological properties of glabridin;
-  The inhibitory effect of glabridin from licorice extracts on melanogenesis and inflammation;
-  Glabrene and isoliquiritigenin as tyrosinase inhibitors from licorice roots.
Paeonia lactiflora (Chinese Peony) Root Extract: Also known as Baishao in Chinese, it’s a commonly used herb in Tradicional Chinese Medicine. It’s been shown that the extract of this plant contains gallic acid, paeoniflorin sulfonate, albiflorin, paeoniflorin and benzoic acid. This extract acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
- Influence of Paeonia lactiflora roots extract on cAMP-phosphodiesterase activity and related anti-inflammatory action;
- Antioxidative constituents from Paeonia lactiflora.
Cnidium officinale Root Extract: Possibly an anti-inflammatory;
Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract: Aloe vera is a traditional medicinal plant whose gel has been widely used in skin care because it soothes sunburn, hydrates the skin, reduces the appearance of puffiness, protects the skin and so on. This study reported the protective effects of aloe sterols (one of its active) against UVB-induced photoaging in hairless mice. It resulted in a significant improvement of UVB-induced skin dryness, epidermal thickness, and wrinkle formation.
Cutaneous wound healing is a complex process involving various regulatory factors at the molecular level. Aloe vera is widely used for cell rejuvenation, wound healing, and skin moisturizing. This study reported that Aloesin (from Aloe vera) accelerates skin wound healing. More importantly, aloesin treatment resulted in the activation of Smad and MAPK signaling proteins that are key players in cell migration, angiogenesis, and tissue development;
Hydrolyzed Collagen: Water soluble collagen. Collagen molecules are generally too large to penetrate into the skin. It remains outside the surface layer but it can also provide some benefits such as skin hydration, boost skin barrier function, and make a protective film on the skin;
Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice: Reduces puffiness, protects the skin, soothes sunburn, hydrates the skin, helps with cell rejuvenation, wound healing…;
Hydrogenated Lecithin: A natural emulsifying agent;
Sodium Hyaluronate: The salt form of hyaluronic acid, a water-binding ingredient that has the ability to fill the spaces between collagen and elastin. Sodium hyaluronate has been used for moisturization and wound healing since its discovery, it can hold up to 1000 its own weight in water;
1,2-Hexanediol: A highly effective and mild coupling agent and humectant. It contains many chemicals in its composition, including Alpha-Lipoic acids, an antioxidant; Chrysin, an anti-inflammatory bioflavonoid; Diosgenin, a maintainer of healthy blood cholesterol levels; Glucosamine Hydrochloride, which slows joint degeneration; and Indole-3-Carbinol, a nutrient that may prevent cancer (Source);
Betaine: It is an amino acid and primarily functions as a humectant and anti-irritant. It can also temporarily decrease deep wrinkles, making the face smoother. It’s capable of giving superior hydration to the skin, without leaving residue like glycerin based products;
Adenosine: It is a yeast-derived ingredient that functions as a soothing and skin-restoring agent. Adenosine has proven anti-wrinkle benefits due to its ability to energize skin’s surface. It is naturally present in the body and all skin types can use;
Polyquaternium-51: Originally developed for the contact lens industry to maintain moisture and counteract dry eye, it’s now an ingredient used in skin care cosmetics because it improves the moisture retention and works as a barrier to reduce water loss;
Glycosyl Trehalose: Functions as a moisturizer;
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate: Also functions as a moisturizer;
Raffinose: It’s a trisaccharide composed of galactose, glucose, and fructose that acts as a moisturizer;
Biosaccharide Gum-1: A polysaccharide made by fermenting plants, that works as a moisturizer and anti-irritant agent;
Inositol: It’s a nutrient in the Vitamin B complex that helps keep the skin healthy;
Lecithin: Lecithins are usually phospholipids. It is used in cosmetics as an emollient and water-binding agent. Lecithin also has the ability to restore the skin;
Acne triggers according to CosDNA
Butylene Glycol is the only one. It strikes 1 out of 5.
Irritants according to CosDNA
Carbomer is the only one. It strikes 1 out of 5.
Safety according to CosDNA
Most ingredients are green flagged. Fragrance strikes between 1 and 4. PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, CI 42090, and CI 19140 are yellow flagged and strike 3 out of 9. Phenoxyethanol strikes 4 out of 9.
CosDNA analysis: Thank You Farmer True Water Deep Toner.
This is the main star! It’s what makes this toner unique to me. It’s a frosted glass heavy bottle -that you wouldn’t want to drop- with a pump style.
Come on! A pump bottle is one of the best things you can wish for. It makes this toner ever better because you can easily just pump it on your face without any cotton or anything.
Texture and scent
The texture is like a super watery gel. It contains carbomer which makes this toner a bit thicker. Similar to a gel but not as thick. I love the texture of this toner. It reminds me of Missha Ye Hyeon Toner and Sulwhasoo Balancing Water.
The scent is very faint and is something I can’t talk about. I really don’t know what it smells like. It doesn’t bother me but it doesn’t make the product any better. It’s not as good as the Back to Iceland line.
How to use
“On cleansed face, pump into palms and pat into the skin or for more cleansing feel, apply an appropriate amount onto face with a cotton pad.”
Nah. Just pump into to your face (I use it after FTEs). You will be saving time and cotton. Nature will thank you.
This toner hydrates very well BUT when I apply a huge amount on my face (like I use to do with FTEs) it starts to get sticky because this toner is rich in glycerin. A high amount of glycerin can leave the skin sticky when it’s applied.
When it’s too hot and humid, glycerin will leave your skin very hydrated because of its hygroscopic effect (attracting and holding water molecules from the surrounding environment). This hygroscopic effect can give you that feeling of “I can feel something on my face and I think it’s oil.”
This toner is light as long as you don’t use an exaggerated amount of it like you can do with an FTE. I usually apply around one pump on my forehead and half pump on each cheek, and then spread it. The total of the product used is around 2 pumps for my entire face. This is enough to leave my skin hydrated but sometimes when I feel like I need an extra hydration, I apply around 4 pumps of it, but only in my evening routine.
I was about to show some pictures of before and after applying the product but it doesn’t change anything visually. It doesn’t add any shine and it doesn’t get sticky when the right amount is used.
Hydration test using Susee Nano Spray Machine
Let’s check the before and after using the Susee machine, a device that can measure the levels of both oil and water.
My skin has 45.2% moisture and 30.2 % of oil before applying the product. After applying the product, my skin has now 65.4 % of moisture and 20.5% of oil.
I like this toner. It’s fresh but yet very moisturizing. I find it a good toner for the summer because it’s easily spreadable and you need only a small amount to cover your entire face. It doesn’t make my skin oily. The only thing that I highlight is, if you apply an exaggerated amount of it onto the face, you will probably experience that feeling of having something on. This is what happens to me and I don’t think this toner would be good to make the 7 Layers method (use 7 layers of a toner).
It contains alcohol, which when well formulated, can give you a nice feeling and help to deliver the ingredients into the skin. I’ve got no issues with alcohol when it comes in a moisturizing product because it doesn’t dry my skin out or irritates it. My skin tolerates alcohol but I do avoid alcohol when it’s a non-moisturizing product like some exfoliators.
Now, about the anti-aging and brightening effects, I find that this toner can help you with that but not by itself. If you have read the ingredient analysis you probably saw that it contains niacinamide as well as many botanical ingredients such as licorice and wild yam that can help lightening hyperpigmentations. It also contains many antioxidant extracts and adenosine, which helps with wrinkles. Could it be better? Yes. Adding some different molecules of hyaluronic acid and reducing the amount of glycerin would make this toner a must have!
I like this toner because it is a hydrating toner with many beneficial-proved ingredients that, with the help of other products, helped me with some hyperpigmentations. It’s fresh, deeply absorbed, hydrates very well and makes my skin happy. Zero irritation. The bottle is very well designed but I don’t know if it is strong enough to resist to a fall. Sorry, I like this toner too much to try this thing. If it was something I didn’t care about I would totally drop it down to check the result. lol
Overall, it’s a good hydrating toner packed with a lot of extracts that function as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, whitening, anti-wrinkles, brightening agents… and a beautiful packing that is easy to use.
This product was sent by Thank You Farmer for review purposes. ALL the opinions are of my own and the review is 100% honest, like all of my other reviews I’ve written here and on Instagram.