Is Copper Good for Your Skin?
Copper peptide is considered one of the most effective skin regeneration ingredients available – in fact, it is often referred to as ‘a face-lift in a bottle’.
For thousands of years, people have understood the relationship between copper and healthy, vibrant skin. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, Persia and the Aztecs all understood that copper was a vital mineral that aided in the maintenance of healthy skin, wound healing, and treatment of a myriad of skin conditions.
Today, copper (in the form of copper peptide) is all the rage again and manufacturers of skincare products and anti-aging treatments are including this essential trace mineral in their formulas to structurally alter and enhance the skin.
That’s because studies have shown that copper peptide promotes collagen and elastin production, and also acts as an antioxidant. This is the enzyme that is required for the cross-linking of collagen and elastin, both of which are essential for firmer, young looking skin. The substance helps firm, smooth, and soften the skin faster that most other active anti-aging ingredients. Copper peptides are also known to remove damaged collagen and elastin from skin and scar tissue by stimulating the skin’s system responsible for those functions.
While spas and skincare professionals have been using copper peptides for tissue regeneration (anti-aging) the past 30 years, copper-peptide products were only introduced to the mass market in 1997. Today they are available anywhere – in local drug stores, department stores, by mail and over the Internet and range in price from about $10 to about $75 per ounce.
Why Copper Is So Effective
Studies have shown that products containing copper peptides are more effective on the structure of the skin than topical applications or treatments of Vitamin C, Tretinoin or Melatonin. Here’s why:
- Copper is essential for the formation of connective tissue
- It promotes healthy skin and is an integral part of collagen and elastic
- Copper stimulates the production of new collagen
- It supports healthy cartilage and tendon regeneration, keeping joints healthy
- Copper is vital for wound healing – that makes it the perfect ingredient for post-surgery, healing damaged skin, and skin regeneration after treatments like dermabrasion and chemical peels.
- Due to its ability to affect the structure of the skin, copper is an ideal ingredient to aid in skin conditions associated with acne, diabetes and psoriasis.
- Copper is an effective antioxidant, helping the body detox by preventing the accumulation of fats
- Copper plays a role in the production of melanin (skin pigment) by helping maintain even skin tone.
- Copper helps calm irritated and reddened skin caused by eczema, rosacea and skin rashes.
- Copper not only tightens loose skin and increases elasticity, it thickens older skin and improves firmness
- Copper reduces wrinkles, improves skin clarity, reduces age spots, reverses UV damage and improves hyperpigmentation.
Foods Rich in Copper
Skincare products formulated with copper peptides are not going to pose a threat to overall health. But too much copper in the form of ingested copper or supplements can have adverse effects. Foods rich in copper are readily available, however, as with anything – too much of a good thing, is well, not a good thing.
For instance, too much ingested copper can contribute to oily skin and can lead to adult acne, dark pigmentation around the face and white spots after tanning. And too much copper in the diet can lower vitamin C levels in the body. So maintain a healthy balance and use a quality skincare product for the best results.
Here are some common sources of copper:
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