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One of my favourite skincare ingredients are copper peptides. I’m always looking for a way to incorporate this naturally blue formulation into my routine. This edit takes you through five of my favourite copper peptide products that align with different skincare steps. I would highly recommend introducing one of these into your routine. They offer brilliant skin benefits without the potential side effects that stronger actives, such as retinol, can cause. However, as with all ingredients, dosage is important and if you are going to incorporate any of these into your routine, start slowly and be mindful of how your skin looks and feels afterwards.
What Are Copper Peptides?
Copper peptides are a type of tri-peptide meaning they are made up of amino acids. Amino acids are essential building blocks of your skin’s collagen and elastin. This is what gives your skin its structure. Copper peptides stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin but also work as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. A brilliant ingredient to calm and heal the skin. Although it’s not an exfoliant, it does stimulate cell turnover in a gentle way to bring out a fresh complexion. For this reason, I wouldn’t recommend pairing it with a retinol or other strong exfoliating acids.
My Copper Peptides Edit
I highly recommend Australian and vegan brand Dr Roebuck’s Ningaloo Firming Serum.* If you’re starting out with copper peptides, this one is great for all skin types. A super lightweight and watery serum with a hyaluronic acid boost. I’m an advocate for always insisting you are gentle around the eyes! Drunk Elephant’s Shaba Complex* is a beautifully formulated, gentle eye cream. I’d recommend this for sensitive eyes as the copper peptide is a lot gentler than other stronger actives found in eye creams. It brings out a fresh and youthful look.
Whilst copper peptides are not a new ingredient, they have only recently been brought into the spotlight and celebrated for their brilliant skin benefits. NIOD were one of the first brands to bring out a copper peptide serum. Interestingly, they keep upgrading the formula as more research and development takes place. The latest is the Copper Peptide Isolate Serum 2:1.* Another quite watery consistency that you can apply to the skin straight after cleansing and it sinks in so easily. They also have a Copper Isolate Lipid formulated with 1% copper peptide. This one comes in a tube and is really thick (a bit like coconut oil that’s partially solidified). I’d recommend the latter particularly for drier skin types.
My final recommendation comes in the form of a 2-phase treatment. The Omorovicza Copper Peel* is a great one for promoting cell turnover. It is a copper gluconate formulation combined with lactic acid which is one of the gentle and non-drying AHAs out there. The first phase is to apply the blue copper gluconate to the skin. The second phase is to massage in the activator which creates this nice lather. Leave on the skin for 2 minutes and then wash off. I love the results this gives – a quick treatment that always leaves me with smoother, brighter skin.
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