Skin regeneration: Copper Peptide

 copper which is bounded by several chains of amino acid
– been on the market only since 1997
– considered as the best skin regeneration ingredient
– stimulates collagen and elastin synthesis
– acts as an antioxidant 
– promotes production of glycosaminoglycans 
– increase the benefits of the body’s natural tissue building processes
– can be used in conjunction with retinoids 
> helps to reduce the irritation associated with retinoid use
– cannot be used with topical vitamin C

Purported skin care benefits when applied topically:
– speed up wound healing
– smooth rough skin
– improve skin firmness
– reduce fine lines
– improve skin tone
– bring irritated skin back to normalcy
– fights cellulite
– reduce photodamage and hyperpigmentation

Known side effects:
– should not be used daily but in a cycle
– excessive use may cause the following:
> looseness of the skin and sagging or wrinkly skin
> skin irritation and skin redness
(such side effects are usually temporary)

Products containing this ingredient:
– anti-aging products
– day and night-time creams
– eye creams and serums
> Skinbiology
> Olay Regenerist
> Strivectin SD

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  1. Namee Requirede says:

    Not all peptides contain copper! I’m pretty certain that P&G doesn’t use copper peptides in their Olay line!

    Namee: Yes, you’re probably right! There seems to be some confusion based on various information sources I’ve come across. Thanks for pointing out!

  2. brooke says:

    If it is not to be used daily, then how do products that are recommended for daily use, or will be used daily in general, justify it as an ingredient? Is this dangerous? And what about the fact it cannot be used with topical vit. C, many facial creams contain C as a key ingredient (or at least marketed as one) mix with using products that have copper peptide?

    Brooke: The ingredient should not be used excessively due to the temporary side effects indicated. If products are to be used daily, I would assume the percentage may not be that high to cause problems. If the ingredient is listed right at the top as an active ingredient, then the content would be the highest and you need to exercise caution yourself by using sparingly or alternate nights.

    But as to vitamin C, you need to be aware. Most brands will not indicate a warning on their products. I’ll give you an example. Many ingredients in products are photo sensitive but they don’t state that sunscreen is needed. So as consumers, we need to be aware.

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