What Are Copper Peptides?

Within the past decade, many skincare companies have been experimenting more with different ingredients. They’ve discovered what ingredients actually show the best visible improvements in the skin and which ones we really don’t need to be using. One of the most popular ingredients in the skincare community right now is copper peptides.

Copper peptides are made from copper and amino acids, and they help to retain the collagen and elasticity in your skin. They can improve the firmness and smoothness of your skin which is especially important for more mature skin. You’ll see copper peptides most common in serums, as they are more concentrated in that form.

What Is It Used For?

Copper peptides is an ingredient that is used in many skin care, and even hair care, products. It has been shown to have massive improvements in the collagen and elastin levels in the skin.

Copper Peptides Benefits

Since copper peptides have amino acids, they boost the collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen is what keeps your skin healthy and strong, while elastin is what keeps your skin tight. These two factors are what help prevent signs of aging in your skin. So if you have more mature skin, we definitely recommend copper peptides.

Copper peptides neutralize free radicals. Your skin is exposed to these free radicals every single day, and your skin is suffering because of it. Too much exposure to free radicals means your skin will begin to wrinkle faster and easier. Also, you’ll begin to form expression lines easier (such as smile lines or crow’s feet). Ingredients like copper peptides work to prevent this from happening.

Another great thing about copper peptides is that it can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is thanks to the stimulation of the production of elastin.

For people with acne-prone skin, copper peptides can actually help to reduce breakouts. Also, it helps to restore the protective barrier of the skin and prevent further breakouts from occurring.

Laslty, it is suspected that copper peptides can also help to reduce discoloration in the skin. This includes acne scarring, sun spots, etc. There hasn’t been much research to confirm this, but users claim it has worked wonders at evening out their skin’s complexion.

Copper Peptides Side Effects

One of the most important things to remember when using copper peptide skincare products is to not overdo it. You definitely do not want to be using these types of products daily. For best results, we recommend using them once a week.

Also, for people with more sensitive skin, be careful with this ingredient. It has been shown to cause rashes or breakouts for people with skin that gets irritated easily. Because of this, we recommend doing a patch test on a small area of your skin to see how it reacts before using it all over your entire face.

Lastly, copper is not good for you in large amounts. If you do take in too much copper, you can experience things like nausea and even issues with certain organs in your body. When purchasing a skincare product with copper peptides in it, make sure that you get one that is not in its pure form. Thankfully, most products are formulated with safe amounts of copper in them, so it’s nothing to worry too much about.

How To Use Copper Peptides

Anybody can use copper peptides, but certain groups of people are advised not to. For example, people with sensitive skin might get some irritation from using copper peptides. So we recommend that people with sensitive skin proceed with caution while using copper peptides or just not use them at all.

However, people with more mature skin will probably see a lot of benefits from copper peptides. Like we said before, they stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin in the skin. This makes the skin look and feel smoother and tighter. Therefore, it prevents signs of aging in the skin such as fine lines and wrinkles.

We do not recommend using copper peptides more than once a week – and definitely not daily! Since most products with copper peptides are very concentrated, they can cause some irritation or health issues if used too much.

Don’t Use Copper Peptides With These Ingredients

Since copper peptides can cause some irritation for some people, it is important that you do mix it with other skincare ingredients that could also cause irritation. Some of these include retinol, vitamin C, and different AHA’s.

Final Thoughts

That was all you need to know about copper peptides. Remember to only use them if your skin truly needs the help, and that you are not using them too frequently. This prevents irritation in the skin. But after a while of routinely using copper peptides around once a week, you should see a big improvement in your overall skin health!