Copper was once believed by the Egyptians to be a symbol of eternal life. But before you start rubbing a penny on your face, let’s get one thing straight – copper in beauty isn’t quite the same as what’s used in your spare change.
It is, however, an increasingly popular ingredient in everything from skin serums to hair heroes; here’s what you need to know about our favourite new beauty ingredient.
Brandon Truaxe, the founder of Deciem, explains: “Copper itself is actually itself a very bad supplement to the skin as it oxidizes.
“However, copper peptides which actually contain no copper are extremely important as they have a high affinity to copper (hence the name), and they draw copper from your body in to allow repair and protection.
“Copper peptides in human plasma decline by 70% by age 60 and therefore despite the presence of copper within the body, the body cannot use it for repair.”
What does copper do for skin?
Essentially, copper can play an important role in skin health, maintaining and improving. As well as helping to develop collagen and elastin, it can promote a more even tone, help to make pores appear smaller and even work on signs of ageing and textural damage.
Repairing skin is one of its biggest beauty-boosters – add to that anti-bacterial properties and helping to stop the skin from sagging, it’s one radiant-boosting beauty miracle.
What else does copper do?
It’s not just your skin that can benefit from using copper products.
Copper peptides can help to stimulate the collagen in your hair follicles, helping to promote Victoria’s Secret worthy locks (we’re talking increased thickness, more volume and a general sense of healthier hair).
And if it’s better brows or longer lashes you want, some enhancing serums use the ingredient to boost hair growth in these places.
You can even get a pillowcase infused with copper oxide to keep wrinkles and ageing at bay while you sleep.
What about buying a copper-product – what should I be looking out for?
Brandon warns that not all copper-products are created equal: “Many products now use copper as a trend. Copper firstly oxidizes and becomes harmful. Look out for copper peptides, especially tripeptide-1 (either GHK or AHK), that’s what is important.”