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When you hear the word “copper” chances are your mind goes to pennies, therapeutic bracelets or the metallic color, not anti-aging skincare products. But this power-packed ingredient has taken the beauty world by storm. Copper is actually an essential mineral believed to play a crucial role in the function of healthy skin. The presence of copper in the body is linked to the synthesis of collagen and elastin plus clinical research shows copper can be very effective for wound healing.
Benefits of Copper in Skincare:
- It’s anti-aging due to its ability to boost collagen and elastin production, thereby firming skin and diminishing lines and wrinkles.
- It helps prevent free radical damage.
- It’s regenerative, especially in wound healing and skin lesions.
- It’s anti-inflammatory to help relieve skin irritation.
- It’s known to reduce and help smooth scars.
- It can help restore the skin barrier.
Here, 5 of the best ways to incorporate skin-saving, anti aging, healing Copper into your routine:
StriVectin SD Advanced™ Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks ($79-$139) has a revamped formula with potent actives, specifically the proprietary NIA-114® and a new Collagex-CE Wrinkle Repair Complex™, a lipopeptide complex paired with an energy molecule that supplies the skin with essential amino acids and copper. You can expect results in as little as 15 days.
Purity of Elements Radiance Face Serum ($60) features the proprietary Copper 5 Complex™, an antioxidant rich cocktail of potent ingredients including copper salt for improved radiance and a reduction in lines and wrinkles, vitamin E to protect and repair and powerful antioxidant extracts. It also includes honey for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well as rose hips to hydrated, calm and brighten. When combined, they improve luminosity, smooth skin texture and reduce lines and wrinkles in the eye area and face.
Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair by Osmotics ($58) combines active copper, powerful pentapeptides to smooth fine lines, moisturizers, antioxidants and skin calming ingredients for firmer, more radiant, healthier, younger-looking skin. Works well for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin.
Iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase with Copper Oxide ($60) was originally developed for hospital use to promote skin healing plus provide antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It’s infused with copper oxide fibers to help maintain a youthful appearance and minimize the visible signs of aging and works by transferring copper oxide fibers when it comes in contact with your skin. In clinical tests it was shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 4 weeks with continued improvement with continued use.
Omorovicza Copper Peel ($160) is a two-step peel that boosts radiance, smooths skin and supports collagen production. To do, apply the Blue Copper Paste to face and neck. Then, apply then Copper Peel Activator and massage the two together for two minutes before rinsing to reveal a smoother, brighter, more supple complexion. For best results use up to two times a week.