Copper Peptides, turning skin serums blue as the heaven above, have been on skincare nerds´ radar for a while. Turns out, copper peptides has a lot going for it.
If you’re inclined to look, you see it everywhere nowadays. Small bottles, with a blue liquid inside, meant to be applied to the face. Up until recently, also very expensive. Enter The Ordinary, the canadian beauty brand under the Deciem umbrella. The Ordinary has created a buzz in the business by offering premium skin care ingredients at very low prices. They have been so successful in doing so that they constantly struggle to keep production in line with demand. Awhile ago they added copper peptides to their bestselling formula “Buffet”. Buffet is a serum with quite a few different skin caring peptides at a very reasonable price. And even though “Buffet” with copper peptides is quite pricey for The Ordinary, it´s still a pretty good deal, compared to many other products with the hyped ingredient.
Copper is vital for humans. A dozen of our enzymes use changes in copper oxidation to catalyze important biochemical reactions, including cellular respiration, antioxidant defense, detoxification, blood clotting, melanin production and the connective tissue formation. Copper is also required for iron metabolism, oxygenation, neurotransmission, embryonic development and many other essential biological processes. Yet another function of copper is signaling – for example, stem cells require a certain level of copper in them to start their differentiation into “repair” cells.
Several copper peptide (GHK-Cu) complexes occur naturally in human plasma, the level of GHK-Cu is about 200 ng/ml at age twenty. By the age of sixty, the level drops to 80 ng/ml. This fact was an eye-opener to biochemist Loren Pickart who managed to isolate copper peptide GHK-Cu from human plasma in 1973.
Since then a lot of research has been done on copper with some astonishing results. For example, the rate of healing certain wounds was three times greater with GHK. It could help with dna repair and nerve regeneration, and researchers concluded that GHK-copper is also able to recover epidermal stem cells and increase their ability to repair tissue. GHK-Cu reverses the expression of certain genes involved in metastatic spreading of colon cancer. Copper peptide also has anti-inflammatory properties but the mechanism remains unclear.
Copper peptide GHK-Cu is widely used in anti-aging cosmetics. Several controlled facial studies have confirmed anti-aging, firming and anti-wrinkle activity of copper peptide GHK-Cu, in some cases even performing better than vitamin C and retinoic acid, other very popular skin care ingredients today. A 12-week facial study on sixty-seven women indicated that GHK-Cu cream, applied twice daily, improved aged skin appearance. It increased thickness and reduced wrinkles as determined by analysis of biopsies. The same study found copper peptide GHK-Cu to be non-toxic and non-irritating, therefore, an excellent skincare ingredient. Copper peptide GHK-Cu was even found to stimulate hair growth. Shown to promote collagen production, using copper peptides topically on the scalp will help strengthen already existing hair, while stimulating growth in areas that are lacking thickness.
Up-to-date, it is established that GHK-Cu (Copper peptide) is able to:
– Tighten loose skin and reverse thinning of aged skin.
– Repair protective skin barrier proteins.
– Improve skin firmness, elasticity, and clarity.
– Reduce fine lines, depth of wrinkles, and improve structure of aged skin.
– Smooth rough skin.
– Reduce photodamage, mottled hyperpigmentation, skin spots and lesions.
– Improve overall skin appearance.
– Stimulate wound healing.
– Protect skin cells from UV radiation.
– Reduce inflammation and free radical damage.
– Increase hair growth and thickness, enlarge hair follicle size.
I don´t know about you, but I am running out to get some of that blue stuff right now.