Thank You Farmer was always an intriguing brand for me. Living in Korea, you’d expect to be able to get your hands on every single brand under the sun, in the blink of an eye, but sadly that was not the case. I had to wait until a trip to Seoul before I could finally get my hands on this serum, and even then there are very few places that stock the brand.
Thank You Farmer are a Korean brand that focus on honest skincare – they bring you, in their words, skincare ‘with the heart of a farmer’. They give no grand promises, no gimmicks, and no impressive claims. They state their products focus on good ingredients and attempt to garner your interest through quality, rather than through shiny marketing campaigns. All very intriguing.
The product I chose to buy was the Miracle Age Repair Serum. The Miracle Age line attempts to be a deep care line, nourishing skin and repairing it to give it elasticity, vitality, and radiance. It leaves your skin ‘plump as a well-ripened fruit’. Its two main targets are whitening and anti-wrinkle. While reviewing, let’s bear in mind that I am looking more at anti-aging from a prevention perspective, as I am in my late 20s.
Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Methylpropanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dioscorea Japonica Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Soluble Collagen, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Marsh Parsley Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Polyquaternium-51, Polysorbate 60, Glycosyl Trehalose, Adenosine, Laureth-4, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth-23, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Raffinose, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Bisabolol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Lecithin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sucrose Distearate, Ceramide NP, Folic Acid, Cholesterol, Tromethamine, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, CI 15985, CI 19140.
Whoah, pretty long, farmer. Not so simple as I once thought. That’s a lot of harvesting right there. Side-eyeing the fragrance part a bit – I and don’t mind it too much, but I appreciate there are those that do, and I understand why it can be bothersome. Why put something in the mix that has no use other than smelling pretty?
Some stand out ingredients for my skin are liquorice, which is commonly used to reduce redness, aloe vera, for calming and soothing, and ceramide NP, which can help dry skin regain vitality and improve texture. Ceramides are wonderful – they already naturally occur in the skin, as long chains of fats that form the main components of the skin’s outer layer. Ceramides can help skin retain water and form a natural barrier. This gives the appearance of looking more youthful, and helps dry skin to look more alive.
Scent and texture:
This product does have fragrance on the list of ingredients, but I can’t say that the fragrance is particularly strong. To me, it smells a tiny bit sweet, but of nothing in particular. If I hadn’t seen fragrance in there I wouldn’t have guessed it had been added.
The texture for a serum is very thick when dispensing. It holds its own and stays quite solid, almost looking like a cream more than anything else. Yet, if you let it melt a little, it starts to look a little less solid, pretty much like an emulsion. This is definitely a thick serum that seems adapted to winter or very very dry skin.
As you rub it in, however, it absorbs relatively quickly and feels immediately smooth on the skin. It doesn’t leave a sticky texture at all and my cheeks especially will feel softer after applying the cream. You may need to leave it a little longer to completely absorb – think cream wait times rather than a fast-absorbing serum you might be used to.
Packaging and price:
In Korea, this product retails at about 46,000 won in Aland, which is where I bought it. However, in other countries it is a little more expensive. Expect to pay around $55-70 for it in various online stores, such as Beautibi and Yesstyle. You get 60ml of product, which is quite a big bottle for a serum, and it has lasted me about two and a half months so far, with a little left to go.
The packaging is pretty and simple, with a beautiful deep pink, purple, red sort of mix. It’s pleasing and I like seeing it on my shelf. The lid falls off very easily, but as the bottle has a pump to dispense, this isn’t a problem and I never lose any product when I knock it off. The pump is really handy, and you’ll likely only need one pump each time you use it, as the product is rather thick but melts down well. I wish all serums were in pump bottles like this.
Now, the important part. This, true to Thank You Farmer’s message, was a grower for me. It took a while for me to truly enjoy the product and feel the benefit. At first I found it a little cloying, and felt that my skin wasn’t absorbing it. I almost gave up, but I stuck with it. And I’m rather glad I did.
The product at first might indeed have had a little difficulty absorbing, but skin can be strange sometimes. Now, my skin loves it. I smooth it over my face twice a day, and am left with soft, healthy-looking skin. It feels healthy and supple, and I especially notice that the skin in my forehead has that slight shine in it that comes from moisture being retained in the skin. I’ve faced up to the fact I’ll never have plump cheeks, but my skin feels happy and healthy, with no dry patches in sight.
The only thing I would mark it down for is that I don’t notice any brightening overall, but I don’t have many dull spots in general. I think this part would be more for age spots or marks that they would prefer to focus on. However, from an anti-ageing perspective with wrinkles and general skin condition, I do believe it works very well.
Is it worth it? Yes, I believe. For the three months or so it will last (or longer if you really wanted it to), it’s given my skin life in the darker, colder months. I believe this will be too much for summer, but for those who have skin on the drier side, with ageing concerns, I would recommend this as a product and line to keep an eye on. I plan to try out more of the brand and see if any of the other products in this line are as good as the serum!