In partnership with: Noble Panacea
f you’ve ever wandered the beauty aisles of a department store feeling completely mystified by intense-sounding ingredients and impenetrable scientific jargon, you’re not alone. We’ve all heard the beauty buzzwords – PHAs, hyaluronic acid, peptides, antioxidants – but how many of us actually know what they mean, what they do and, crucially, when to use them?
The truth is, however, that knowing which ingredients are most effective for your skin, and how to create a skincare routine that works in tandem with your skin’s natural regeneration cycle, can have a huge impact on your complexion. Happily, help is at hand. We’ve quizzed the experts behind luxury skincare brand Noble Panacea to help you create a tailored regime that will give you the best skin of your life.
Step One: Get to know your circadian rhythm
You’ve probably heard of the circadian rhythm: the master clock in the brain that controls regenerative bodily functions such as the sleep/wake cycle, the creation of proteins in the digestive system, hormonal production via the endocrine system, and the skin’s protective and regenerative cycle.
Influenced by environmental factors such as light, the circadian rhythm is heavily tied to the cycle of day and night, and thus the way your skin behaves at certain times of day. During daylight hours, for example, the skin forms a protective barrier against environmental aggressors while, overnight, it becomes more permeable as it undergoes a process of detoxification and renewal.
It follows, then, that the skin will react to ingredients in different ways at different times of day. Noble Panacea’s experts recommend applying products that support the skin’s shielding function during the day (formulations with antioxidant properties will fit the bill) while also taking into account the fact that skin is at its thickest – and therefore least receptive to active ingredients – during daylight hours.
Noble Panacea’s Active Replenishing Moisturiser has been specifically formulated with daytime wear in mind. Like all Noble Panacea’s products, it’s powered by the brand’s cutting-edge Organic Super Molecular Vessel technology, an innovation discovered by Noble Panacea founder and Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Fraser Stoddart (which you can read more about here), which delivers ingredients directly to the skin and improves penetration, therefore ensuring active ingredients can work their magic 24/7. In addition, it also contains skin-tightening microalgae, a full suite of naturally derived antioxidants to soothe, nourish and hydrate, as well as collagen-boosting retinol.
Overnight, meanwhile, skin absorption and cell renewal reach their peak, meaning this is the time that active ingredients really come into their own. The skin goes through a three-step process of detoxification and exfoliation, restoration and hydration, so applying a product like Noble Panacea’s Chronobiology Sleep Mask can do wonders to boost skin health. Its timed-release technology means active ingredients, such as PHA, peptides and hyaluronic acid, are released exactly when the skin needs them for utmost penetration and efficacy.
Step Two: Consider your environment
For those blessed to live in the rolling hills of the countryside, surrounded by bountiful fresh air, your environment likely won't have too much of an effect on your skin. For those living in towns and cities, however, pollution is a consideration that should absolutely be factored into your skincare routine.
High pollution levels leave skin more susceptible to damage from free radicals, making it even more important that you select a moisturiser that supports the skin’s shielding function. Noble Panacea’s Radiant Resilience Moisturiser is formulated with malachite, which boasts powerful protective properties, alongside detoxifying brown seaweed and health-balancing pre- and post-biotics. Happily, all Noble Panacea's products are also made using 98 per cent natural ingredients, which are also completely cruelty-free, formulated using eco-friendly, biodegradable processes and packaged in plastic-free boxes and full recyclable single-dose pouches, so you needn't worry about your impact on the environment in return.
Step Three: Make seasonal switches
It will come as no surprise that SPF is non-negotiable during the summer months (and, skincare experts would argue, the colder ones too), but there are other seasonal considerations you should be taking into account too.
The way the skin reacts to the changing seasons is different for everyone but, in general, the skin barrier becomes weaker during the winter, which means ingredients with nourishing, hydrating properties are going to be your friend. Bolstering your skincare routine with a powerful serum, like Noble Panacea’s Prime Radiance Serum, is the perfect way to give your skin the extra boost it needs. Containing collagen-promoting bakuchiol, exfoliating glycolic acids and a host of moisturising and sustaining ingredients, it’s the perfect way to start your morning skincare routine.
Step Four: Invest in the all-rounders
If your daily routine means you simply don’t have the time to expend on putting together a multi-stage skincare routine, the good news is, there are some ingredients recommended for everyone – regardless of age, skin type, location or season. Vitamin C, for example, is a complete powerhouse that boasts a whole host of benefits that promise clearer, brighter and more radiant skin, while reducing pigmentation and smoothing skin texture.
Alternatively, try investing in Noble Panacea’s Absolute Discovery Ritual. This carefully curated programme contains four of the brand’s key products – the Intense Renewal Serum, Restoring Eye Cream, Active Replenishing Moisturiser and Rejuvenation Night Balm – to create an easy-to-implement routine that promises 24-hour support for your skin, no effort required.