The Benefits of Copper Peptides
Copper is a ubiquitous part of our world, from currency to architectural flourishes. It is also an essential element found in all plants and animals, occurring in the human body in muscle and bone tissue as well as the liver. Certain types of peptides (small fragments of protein) bind very tightly to copper, resulting in a compound which consists of a peptide and a copper atom—a copper peptide.
Copper peptides were first isolated and studied for use in tissue regeneration by Dr. Loren Pickart in the 1970s. He found a number of specific peptides that were particularly effective in healing wounds, promoting collagen production, and reducing inflammation. Some skin care professionals view wrinkles as improperly healed wounds, and they are in fact characterized by imperfect skin cell layering and collagen deposition. If estheticians and dermatologists view wrinkles as wounds, you may wonder if we in fact have the ability to heal them.
Current studies are inconclusive; more research is needed to make definitive claims. However, many estheticians recommend products containing copper peptides, as they have the healing properties Dr. Pickart discovered. Because of their effectiveness against various forms of skin irritation, mainly due to anti-inflammatory effects, copper peptide products are often used after a treatment such as laser resurfacing, dermabrasion or chemical peel. Good choices include Perricone MD Neuropeptide Facial Contour, Avene Cicalfate Restorative Skin Cream and Cor Silver Wrinkle Serum.
Skin irritation, even in the absence of post-procedure trauma accelerates aging by promoting the formation of free radicals and other toxic byproducts. Adding a copper peptide product to your regimen can not only treat existing damage, it can increase your skin’s natural defense mechanism and prevent future oxidative damage. It also appears that copper can help minimize damage from the environmental factors we all face every day, such as sun, wind and air pollution. If you want to incorporate copper peptide products into your daily regimen, Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair is appropriate for all skin types, and will promote firmer, healthier skin. Dry skin types may benefit from Neova Therapy Creme De La Copper by ProCyte, which is formulated to intensely moisturize dry, aging skin.
As with any new product, you may need to start slowly to see how your skin reacts, and experiment to see what works best for you.