A straightening iron very effectively smoothens out the curliest of hair. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have something that could iron out wrinkles as well? Copper Peptides claim to do just that. Many skincare brands boost of their supremacy as their anti-aging creams and lotions have copper peptides. The other day my dermatologist suggested that I use a copper peptide cream to combat forehead lines.
What was this ‘copper’ hoopla all about- I wondered! Was the Copper Peptide phenomenon another gimmick; an elixir that promised to be the fountain of youth but delivered very little? It was time to find out!
What are Copper Peptides?
Copper has been used since the early Egyptian times for its healing properties. It freely exists within our tissue. When the amount of copper begins to deplete in our body it paves the way for several degenerative problems, skin degeneration being one of them. Just as copper is found freely in the body, peptides, too, are present within the body. Peptides are protein fragments which have an affinity of binding to copper. Such bonded peptides are called copper peptides who work wonders in skin repair and tissue regeneration.
How do Copper Peptides work?
Copper peptides function by promoting the synthesis of proteoglycans, elastin, and glycosaminoglycans aiding to reduce wrinkle appearance and formation. Since peptides contain protein (they are tissue builders) they help in skin cell regeneration. Studies also reveal that creams containing copper peptides help in increasing collagen responsible to maintain skin firmness and elasticity.
Benefits of Copper Peptides
Wrinkles, lines, skin creases, furrows…call them whatever you may; they are an inevitable part of the ageing process.
Benefits of using creams or serums with copper peptides are:
- Improved skin clarity
- Firmer and tauter skin
- Improved skin elasticity
- Better skin density
- Reduced the appearance of pigmentation
- Increased keratinocyte creation
While copper peptides are quite safe when it comes to ironing out wrinkles for most people, some of us do experience some side effects. However, these side effects are a result of overuse which would include using too much copper peptide too often. Some of the side effects could be skin sagging and looseness, skin irritation or redness. However, these are temporary conditions that heal within a few days. Consult a dermatologist before you begin your copper peptide regime; to get optimal results.
Have you used Copper Peptides in your skin care regime? Tell us about your experience.