Caffeine, vitamin C and retinol – what do they all have in common? They’re all known for their anti-ageing skincare benefits. You may not be familiar with copper for its anti-ageing properties, but this wonder ingredient has grown in popularity over the past few years. So, just how effective is copper and should you be using it in your skincare regime?

Copper can maintain skin health

Copper maintains healthy skin by boosting collagen and elastin which keeps your skin firm. Furthermore, it promotes hyaluronic acid which is what the skin requires to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. The anti-bacterial properties in copper keep your complexion clear and radiant.

It isn’t toxic

Unlike certain metals, copper infused skincare that’s topically applied poses little harm as the body metabolises it. This safe ingredient can be easily used to prevent sagging, wrinkles and an overall loss of firmness.

It penetrates the skin

As copper is able to penetrate the skin, your complexion is able to demonstrate the benefits. Copper peptides have been researched for decades and are a proven wound healer as well as boasting anti-ageing benefits for the whole body and hair.

It’s anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is thought to be a cause of ageing. Copper contains anti-inflammatory properties as it suppresses inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, a decrease in inflammation will promote a healthier looking complexion.

It assists with hair growth

In addition to its skincare abilities, copper is excellent for boosting hair growth. We tend to suffer from hair loss as we age, so using haircare containing copper peptides can really help. This is due to copper increasing hair follicle size and limiting follicle cell death.

It boosts the performance of LED lights

When copper peptides are used in combination with red LED light, collagen synthesis increases more than usual. This promotes a radiant and youthful looking complexion.

Give copper a try next time you’re looking for a new skincare ingredient – you might be surprised by the results!

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