Copper Peptides – What they do and how they work.
Copper peptides are a relatively new ingredient in terms of skincare and, for once, it’s well worth buying into the hype. For the most part anyway.
Peptides are small enough to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers in order to affect the deeper layers of the skin. Copper peptides, copper attatched to a peptide, deliver copper (a trace element found in every cell) to the deeper layers of your skin.
Neova, an ultra high-end skincare line utilising copper peptides.
So what can you expect when using a copper peptide?
- Healing – Copper peptides have been well documented for their wound-healing properties and have been used for years to treat severe wounds. This same action can help to form new, healthy skin cells which push damaged cells to the surface (this action also helps to fade acne scars).
- Antioxidant – Like Vitamin C, copper peptides act as antioxidants on the skin – reducing the free radical damage caused to skin by the environment (sun and pollution).
- Collagen production – There is good reason to believe that copper peptides are substantially more effective at producing collagen in the skin than vitamin c. This makes them effective in firming saggy skin as well as healing shallow acne scars.
- Prevent/reverse hair loss – A lot of hair growth products nowadays contain copper peptides, there isn’t much research into this but it seems as though they help to retain whatever hair you already have on your head and at the very least create the proper conditions for new hair growth. They also enhance the action of other hair growth products. If you’ve heard of the hugely popular Folligen line for hair growth, that was developed by Dr Pickart who is actually the inventor of skin rebuilding copper peptides!
Folligen uses copper peptides in order to strengthen and regrow hair.
Two things to note:
- Copper peptides are definately worth trying if you are concerned with any of the issues listed above BUT a word of warning: copper peptides are a potent ingredient. In higher concentrations these can be very irritating to skin that isn’t used to copper peptides. It is definately wise to start with a low concentration and then work your way up if needs be. Just remember to always read the instruction label with any copper peptide product you use and you’ll be fine!
- Using a copper peptide alongside a product containing Vitamin C will render both useless. Either use one during the day and one at night, use them on alternate days or simply choose one over the other.
If you’re looking to try your first copper peptide product, I highly recommend Dr Pickart’s own Skinbiology Super GHK Copper Serum. This is a fantastic serum, highly effective and a great starter product for those new to using copper peptide products. All the other lines that use copper peptides such as Neova and Neutrogena actually get their peptides from Dr Pickart so it makes sense to buy directly from the man himself! You can also buy products from his Folligen line by clicking on the male hair loss section of the website.
SkinBiology Super GHK Copper Serum – A personal favourite.
You can visit the Skin Biology website in order to take a deeper look into clinical trials and the other benefits of copper peptides.
Do you use copper peptide products? Leave a comment or send me an email with your rants and raves!
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or sponsored to recommend any products or skincare lines in this post, this is based on my own research, experience and products I use and pay for myself.