In the last year (2021), copper peptides have become a super popular ingredient in skincare.
And for good reason.
You see, a peptide is an amino acid and amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Collagen is a type of protein. So copper peptides promote collagen production.
But it’s not just another, so-called, collagen-inducing ingredient.
Studies show that it’s pretty significant.
Participants and biopsy analysis from one study showed skin tightening, brightening, improved firmness, and reduced wrinkle depth in women aged 50-59 who used a copper cream twice a day for 12 weeks. And many other studies are showing similar results.
It’s not too often that you find an ingredient that works like this. I think the research is pretty exciting.
I actually love to use a copper peptide serum after microneedling because it speeds up healing and calms down redness.
You can get a copper peptide serum, or cream, at most places you purchase skincare, or online.
But before you rush out to get a product there are a few things you should be aware of …
First – Copper peptides are known as GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1.
Second – make sure copper is listed at or near the top of the ingredient list. You don’t want a product with a bunch of fillers.
Third – don’t be alarmed by the color of the product. It’ll be blue (the bluer the better). But it won’t look blue on your skin.
And lastly – don’t use with Vitamin C serum, retinols or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) … they don’t play nicely together and actually cancel each other out. You can use one product, though, in the morning and then the other at night.
Have a great weekend!
For a younger you!!
Borkow G. Using Copper to Improve the Well-Being of the Skin. Curr Chem Biol. 2014.
Pickart L., Et. al. GHK Peptide as a Natural Modulator of Multiple Cellular Pathways in Skin Regeneration. Biomed Res Int. 2015.