Copper peptides come with a slew of skin-loving benefits. For one, they can help increase antioxidant activity and protect the skin from free-radical damage, which can lead to further signs of aging and cellular damage. This is especially important for those who spend a lot of time in the sun, and while not a replacement for SPF (please use it rain or shine), it can help offer some repair against the damaging effects of the elements.
Copper peptides are a type of tri-peptide complex made up of amino acids and are primarily used in wound-healing products. Copper peptides are also one of the most evidence-based peptides in skincare and effectively stimulate collagen and elastin production as well as increase cell turnover. The difference between copper peptides and other types of peptides is they’re also anti-inflammatory. The amino acids found in copper peptides are naturally present in the body but decrease with age. Copper peptides can remove old, damaged collagen in the skin, which allows for the regeneration of new, healthy tissue. Copper peptides improve skin density and firmness, and reduce the look of fine lines, pores, and sagging.
MEGAN'S EXPERT TIP: Avoid applying products that include both copper peptides and vitamin C as copper can oxidize vitamin C and avoid combining copper peptides with any retinoids or chemical exfoliants as it can cause skin irritation.
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