Copper peptides have become increasingly popular in skincare products. More and more, people are realising just how effective they are when it comes to skin rejuvenation. If you’re not yet aware of Copper peptides and how effective they are… You’ll be glad to learn of them!
What Exactly are Copper Peptides?
Copper peptide GHK-cu is naturally occurring in the human body. However, as we age levels of this essential element decline. Copper peptide GHK-Cu is a tripeptide. It has three amino acids, which makes it the ‘tripeptide’. Amino acids are essential building blocks for collagen proteins, the stuff that keeps our skin firm, smooth, and also strong. Basically the scaffolding of your skin.
What’s the Benefit of Using Them in Skincare?
Copper peptide GHK-Cu is a strong antioxidant and antioxidants are crucial in skincare products (and through diet) to neutralise damaging free radicals that prematurely age the skin. Using antioxidant rich serums are instrumental in preventing possible skin damage. They help skin to be healthier and more youthful looking. Copper peptides are also an anti-inflammatory and help to speed up the healing of wounds. Cell turnover is increased and the amino acids are also used to build new skin proteins.
The unique aspect of Copper peptides is that they actually remove damaged, old skin cells and replace them with new, healthy and younger acting skin cells. Over time, they can make a big difference in restoring skin to a more youthful appearance. Wrinkles can be significantly reduced. Skin, tighter and firmer with a radiant glow. Elasticity is improved and hyperpigmentation (brown spots) can actually be removed, not just faded.
3 Helpful Tips When Using Copper Peptides
Don’t Overuse in the Hope of Faster Results.
Less is sometimes more. It’s easy to assume that stronger serums and also more frequent applications will bring faster results. With Copper peptides it’s best to take it more slowly at first. The thing to remember is that cell turnover is significantly increased. If you imagine the old damaged skin cells as damaged bricks in a wall. If those damaged bricks were removed, too many at once, before there was time to replace the old decayed bricks with new bricks… the wall would start to collapse. This is when skin can start to temporarily sag and may cause panic. It’s easy to assume when experiencing this, that Copper peptides have caused the skin to sag and look older. It’s simply that it takes time for the body to build new skin proteins and replace the old skin cells. Eat well to provide the essential nutrients needed in building new skin. These include vitamin C rich foods and also proteins.
Exfoliation is Key
Exfoliation is an essential part of a skincare routine. It helps to loosen and also remove dead surface skin cells. This gives the skin a much fresher appearance. Finding the balance with your skin is crucial however. Over enthusiastic exfoliation done too regularly, can impair your skin’s barrier function. This can leave skin in a vulnerable state. With that in mind, find the right approach for you and your skin. Two to three times a week is a general guide.
Exfoliation is an important process when using Copper peptides as part of your skincare regime. As the old and damaged skin cells are removed and pushed upwards to the skin’s surface, they need to be loosened and also removed. Otherwise there may be a build up of the older, dead and damaged skin cells. As we age the natural exfoliation process can be more sluggish and needs a little encouragement and assistance to complete the process. The older and more damaged cells migrate to the surface and this is where exfoliation helps. Skin looks fresher as the new skin is revealed, and it also means that any skincare products applied afterwards can penetrate more easily and therefore work more effectively.
Use Cautiously Around the Eye Area
The skin around the eye area is much thinner and more delicate than in other parts of the face. Proceed with caution around the the eyes and only apply (NCN Copper peptides) on the crows feet, where it’s very effective. These are the instructions from NCN when using their serum. If you’re using other brands of Copper peptides, their advice may differ.
Remember that consistency is key to seeing results and that patience is also key! Skin health isn’t a destination, but a continuous journey of treating the skin you’re in!
You can find NCN Copper peptide Serum on our Serums and Oils page.