Copper: The Surprising New Anti-Aging Ingredient
It is a fact that everyone wants to stay young, and it seems that when it comes to formulating the latest in breakthrough beauty products, anti-aging products are taking the lead. A sudden surge in the number of beauty products made with copper (in the form of copper oxides and copper oxides) has made many of us to wonder whether we should incorporate this ingredient in our skincare regimen since there has been a lot of fears that heavy metals can be harmful to the body.
Low Doses of Copper Could be Safe
According to Dr. David Orentreich, a New York-based dermatologist, low doses of copper are non-toxic to the body. He says that trace metals such as copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and others are necessary for normal human physiology but in tiny amounts. In addition, research has shown that some copper ingredients can be applied to the skin without being toxic to the skin. Other studies have also shown that copper tri-peptide (Copper peptide GHK-Cu), which is widely used in many over-the-counter cosmetic and anti-aging products is non-toxic.
What Does Copper do in Our Body?
Copper plays a role in the skin renewal cycle. It is required to make the fibers that keep the skin from sagging (elastin) and wrinkling (collagen). “We know that we lose collagen as we age, and with the loss of collagen, we have tissue sagging and wrinkle formation,” says Dr. Orentreich. “If copper is responsible for the synthesis of elastin and collagen in the skin, then it may help in repairing some of the skin’s framework,” he adds.
Quite a number of studies that have been carried out on copper have shown positive results. It has been shown that copper can inhibit the growth of fungi and bacteria which in turn assists in healing of wounds. A discovery made in 1983 also showed that the human copper binding peptide helps in speeding up the healing of wounds.
When copper tri-peptides and applied on the skin, they penetrate and accumulate in the body at levels that are beneficial to the body. Facial studies have also shown that copper peptide-containing creams help in firming the skin and minimizing dark spots and wrinkles.
Copper Still not Given a Clean Bill of Health
Rich sources of dietary copper include nut, shellfish, legumes and seeds.
It is therefore not a surprise that products such as Copper Repairing Cream Cleanser, Sundari Neem, Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream SPF 30, etc. that are used in cell renewal of the skin, contain copper. However, Dr. Orentreich warns that research about safety and efficacy of copper is nascent and, therefore, more studies that are independent are needed before it can be declared the next big thing in skincare.
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Dermatologist Recommendations for Maintaining Younger, Healthier, Vibrant Looking Skin:
- Be certain to consistently apply the product(s) you choose in accordance with its directions for use;
- Pay special attention to your neck and hands while applying the product(s) you choose, as these areas reflect your age;
- Always use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15;
- Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay well hydrated;
- Avoid excessive intake of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as they may contribute to dehydration and exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and
- Be sure to get adequate rest every day.