All about Copper Peptides: Nature’s Botox

LaurenH1LaurenH1
Jun. 8, 2020
Copper peptides have been used in skincare products since the 1990s, and they are a naturally occurring combination of copper and three amino acids. They’re found in trace amounts in the human body in blood plasma, saliva, and urine. When copper peptides are used in skincare products, however, they are created by combining a copper solution with a substance akin to protein powder.
Benefits of Copper Peptides
  • They promote the rejuvenation of skin cells. First and foremost, copper peptides are known for their anti-aging properties. They are most often used in lotions, creams, and serums designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Copper peptides work by promoting the production of collagen and elastin in your body. Because these two things naturally decrease with age, using a product that includes copper peptides can help the body create more elastin and collagen, therefore making the signs of aging less noticeable and also slowing down the aging process. 
  • They’re antioxidants. Copper peptides are also antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that actively counteract the effects of the environment against your skin and body. Every day, your skin is exposed to free radicals, and over time the oxidation of these free radicals can result in cellular damage that eventually leads to the signs of aging. Because copper peptides are antioxidants, they can neutralize free radicals and prevent the premature development of fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • They have the potential to combat hair loss. The benefits of copper peptides don’t stop at battling the signs of aging. You can also find these peptides in shampoos and skin treatments designed to combat hair loss. Studies have shown that copper peptides have a positive effect on hair follicles, and it can stimulate growth in areas of thinning and baldness. 
  • They also have the potential to absorb UV rays. Lastly, copper peptides have been shown to have the potential to absorb the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Copper peptides not only neutralize free radicals, but they also absorb UV rays. This makes any product containing these peptides ideal for combating the detrimental effects of the sun and reducing the chances of visible signs of premature aging.
  • Side Effects of Copper Peptides
    Copper peptides can have some serious side effects. They’re not as harsh on your skin as retinoids are, but they can still form a rash. The real fear when it comes to copper peptides is that they can cause organ system toxicity. Not only that, but too much copper peptides can make you nauseous and give you gastrointestinal issues. If you’re concerned about the side effects, then the best course of action is not to use them. 
    Luckily, it’s very difficult to find copper peptides in their isolated form, so even though it’s dangerous to use too much of them, the chances of you using too much copper peptides in your skincare routine are very slim. 
    How to Use
    Products containing copper peptides are ideal for people looking to get rid of the signs of hyperpigmentation, and the products can be used twice a day. Copper peptides don’t have superior performances when used with other ingredients, but in general, it’s a good idea to use these products with a barrier-protecting moisturizer. It is recommended that copper peptides not be used with vitamin C, but keep in mind that every case is different, and it’s best to consult a dermatologist if you are planning to add copper peptides into an already-established skincare routine. 
    Copper peptide products have a wide range of uses, from fighting early signs of aging to promoting hair growth and reducing bald spots. The important part when it comes to adding copper peptides into your skincare or beauty regimen is to make sure you do not add too many products containing them.
    In conclusion, if you’re looking for a more natural way to reduce signs of aging,  promote cell growth, and neutralize the effects of free radicals on your skin and body, then adding skincare products containing copper peptides to your routine can be highly beneficial. Copper peptides not only combat free radicals and encourage the production of collagen and elastin, but they can also even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots and scars. Products containing copper peptides have a place in your skincare routine, but it’s important to use these products wisely. 
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