A good nights’ sleep may be all you need to reduce your wrinkles—that is if you are sleeping on a copper-infused pillowcase. According to a study published in the September 2012 issue of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, facial wrinkles were reduced an average of 10% in test studies where participants slept on a Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase ($49.95) every night for 4 weeks.
Silky and soft, the Cupron pillowcase is infused with copper ions that reportedly penetrate as we sleep, and help boost the production of collagen, elastin and capillaries in the skin. The effect is a measurable decrease in wrinkle depth around the eyes, mouth and cheeks. Sleeping on the pillow also will deliver smoother skin and more even skin tone, a healthy glow and overall younger, looking skin.
As we age, the body loses its ability to create collagen and elastin and without these proteins the skin loses elasticity and firmness, resulting in the formation of wrinkles. What makes copper such a great ingredient in beauty products is its ability to enhance the production of collagen and elastin. Copper is naturally anti-bacterial and has also been found to reduce oxidative stress and for these reasons has been included in many topical cosmetic products. Copper is an essential trace element that the body uses for many physiological and biological functions. It is completely safe to use and is used in medical applications such as wound healing and the treatment of rheumatic disease.
The double-blind study cited in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, tested 61 individuals, 30 who received the copper-infused Cupron pillowcase and 31 receiving a placebo. The depth of the subject’s crow’s feet were evaluated before treatment and at 4 and 8 weeks by grading experts as well as imaging equipment designed to measure wrinkle depth. 10% improvement in crow’s feet was seen at 4 weeks and improvement continued through the 8 week trial.
“The technology behind the Cupron pillowcase is based on the safe, skin-enhancing properties of copper, and while we are heartened by these findings, we certainly were not surprised by them. To the extent that this clinical research will lead to greater awareness about this simple way to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in the face, we are very excited,” stated Chris Andrews, president – Americas, Cupron, Inc.
According to the company, the Cupron Cosmetic Pillowcase will not lose its effectiveness over time because the copper is literally infused into the case’s satin fibers. The case itself will complement many decors and is available in a beige color with attractive dark brown piping.