As we age, levels of collagen begin to deplete, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and creating fine lines and wrinkles in some cases. Luckily, there are plenty of clever ingredients that can help, including copper complex peptide (also known as GHK-Cu). A natural ingredient found in yucky bodily fluids such as plasma, saliva and urine, this peptide has a special affinity for copper (the Cu part), meaning it easily penetrates the epidermis to work deep within the skin tissues.
In doing so, it helps regenerate new collagen and elastin, leaving the skin looking fresh and younger. Copper peptides also have antioxidant properties, which make them very beneficial in fighting the effects of UV rays and free radicals.
While copper peptides can be used by all skin types, they are particularly effective for dry and mature skin. They are often incorporated into serums, face masks and moisturizers that can be applied to the skin as needed. They can even be added to facial cleansing wipes for an extra boost of radiance and smoothness.
Unlike retinol, which can cause irritation and dryness in some people, copper complex peptide has been shown to be safe for all skin types and skin tones. It’s a great alternative for those who can’t use retinol, but still want to tackle wrinkles and other signs of aging.
To reap the benefits of this smart ingredient, apply a serum or moisturizer that contains copper peptide to your skin after stepping out of the shower. For the best results, apply it to freshly cleansed skin twice a day.