Copper peptides are certainly having a moment, something many might find surprising as they are already a well-established skincare ingredient which has made its way into many formulations. So why have these hard-working powerhouses now suddenly gained our attention? Well, aside from the fact they are able to deliver impressive benefits to the skin, from wrinkle reducing to collagen boosting, you’ll also find that compared to other ingredients, copper peptides can be introduced into your everyday skincare routine with minimal hassle.
So, are you ready to find out more about all thing’s copper peptides? Let’s get stuck in, and don’t forget, if you want to know more about the benefits of copper peptides check out our dedicated page called the Skin School which explains in more detail about skincare ingredients.
How often should I use copper peptides?
You can use copper peptides twice a day if your skin is happy with using them. Although copper peptides are highly beneficial and a great addition to anyone’s everyday skincare routine. There is a downside and that is the fact that peptides can absorb into the skin very quickly. In theory this shouldn’t cause much trouble, but if you find your skin is prone to sensitivity or tends to be drier then this is something you need to keep in mind when using copper peptides. Luckily for us you’ll be hard pressed to find copper peptides in a raw form in their most potent state, but instead often formulated into various products.
What does copper peptides do for your skin?
Copper peptides provide a plethora of skin benefits, you’ll also find that they can work on different layers of the skin passed the epidermis. Here are some of the main benefits you can expect to find when using copper peptides in your regime.
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
- Helps make the skin firmer with the boost of collagen in the skin
- Fades hyperpigmentation and dark spots giving you an even skin tone
- Provides antioxidant benefits to keep the skin surface protected from exposure to free radicals and other environmental damage
- Stimulates hair growth and promotes general hair health
- Soothe irritation and redness with anti-inflammatory properties
There you have some of the main benefits of copper peptides, as I mention quite often, ensure before applying any new formulas, ingredients, or products on the skin you perform a patch test for 24 hours. As for other potential side effects of using copper peptides, you’ll be happy to hear that almost all skin types can use copper peptides without a problem. Just ensure you are using these products correctly and follow the instructions on the packaging.
Can I use copper peptides everyday?
Yes, you can! You can apply copper peptides every day, even twice a day during your morning and evening evenings. You’ll often find that copper peptides are formulated into various products such as serums, balms, and moisturisers which results in them being applied to the skin at the later stages of your routine. Any active skin ingredients, such as glycolic acid, would have already been absorbed and rid the surface of any dead skin cell build-up allowing the formulation enriched with copper peptides to penetrate further into the dermis.
Something to consider is that even if you have introduced peptides correctly and have found them to work effectively on the skin, there is still a chance of you experiencing some form of reaction, such as redness, flushing of the skin, irritation, or rashes. If this occurs its best to stop using the product and consult with a dermatologist.
Can copper peptides cause wrinkles?
No, in fact, they actually do the opposite. By the time we reach the age of 25 years old, the production of collagen slows down rapidly. Copper peptides can step in with their unique cell communicating properties, they are able to tell the skin cells to kick start collagen and elastin production. With consistent use you’ll see a marked improvement on the overall look and feel of the complexion, with fine lines and wrinkles smoothed out and sagging skin becoming noticeably tighter.
As I have mentioned, you’ll find copper peptides are usually formulated into products such as serums and moisturisers both of which remain on the skin for a longer amount of time. This allows the peptides to penetrate the into the skin and get to work with formulas that remain on the skin and aren’t rinsed off, such as face washes and cleansers.
What can I not use with copper peptides?
As tolerable copper peptides are to work with other skincare ingredients, there are a few potent and well-loved ingredients that should be avoided such as,
- Retinol, tretinoin and other forms of retinoid
- Ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid
- Beta Hydroxy Acid, such as salicylic acid
Of course, it is perfectly understandable you would want to include all these effective ingredients in your routine. To avoid unwanted irritation or skin reactions, I would suggest you use them all on alternating times of days.
Can I use copper peptides under eyes?
Yes, you can! Just make sure you are using the correct formulation and avoid taking it up too high and close to the lash line. The skin around the eye is significantly thinner than the rest of the face leading to signs of ageing appearing more quickly. With the helping hand from copper peptides boosting collagen production and antioxidant properties combating any skin damage, your under-eye area will appear visibly improved and plumped.
There you have a little more information about copper peptides and the benefits you can expect to see when using them in your everyday skincare routine. Don’t forget to come and follow us on Instagram for more skincare expert tips, product launches and exclusive discounts. If skin is your thing check out the latest episode of The Green Sofa over on the Procoal YouTube.