I love the look of Copper in cookware, home décor, bright pretty pennies, and of course, in those Moscow mule mugs that are so popular and beautiful. It is also pretty great in skincare and body care. It is an ingredient that goes all the way back to the ancient Egyptians. They used it in their skin and body care. However, it has only come back into popularity after science has proven its’ abilities in a number of studies. Looking at those studies, it becomes very clear why Egyptians revered copper.
Dr. Pickart had a very interesting study on GHK-Cu (copper peptide), which showed a great many benefits of the GHK-Cu peptide in the body. His work and other studies’ showed among other things that GHK-Cu has the ability to act as an effective antioxidant and wound healer. It also suggested that it may play a big role in preventing some age-related health conditions in the body and mind. Further, studies have found that is aids in hair restoration, skin elasticity, improving blood vessels, and skin firmness. All of this leads us to believe that it can help with hyperpigmentation, spider veins, acne healing, and photoaging damage.
Copper isn’t only found in skincare. As mentioned earlier, it is in our bodies. More specifically, our blood. Studies have shown that GHK-Cu peptides are found at a rate of 200 mg/liter in men’s blood plasma at the age of 20-25. At the age of 60-80 that rate dropped to 80 mg/liter. That is a significate drop and there are no guidelines for how to prevent it.
So how do you know which is the best product or products to show improvement in your skin or your health? What is the application amount of a product containing GHK-Cu? What is the amount of GKU-Cu should you look for in a product? I haven’t been able to find an exact answer to those questions. It appears to be really up to your skin and body. We just know that a healthy young body and skin have it. What improvement(s) you may have with using a product that has copper in it, is really up to what you see and feel in your skin.
I am not suggesting you go out and buy whatever products you can find with GHK-Cu (copper peptide) in it. Too much of a good thing is not good and certainly not good in this case. An overload of copper or copper peptides can have the opposite effect of what you are looking for in your skincare and health. There are quite a few studies on the overuse as well. And it isn’t pretty.
So the question for me was, where to start?
I have tried a few creams with copper – Alpha H and Kiehls, I did like them. But for me, I really didn’t see too much of an effect. They range from $40 to $60 dollars and they were very hydrating and silky on the skin. Really good creams both of them, but I really wanted to see more from the Copper Peptides. I also wanted to know how much was in the product.
I decided to try a serum from The ordinary, “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%. Honestly, I was already trying the original “Buffet” and was really excited that they now had a version with this exceptional ingredient in it. It also stated how much was in it (right on the bottle).
No, I didn’t get any little bumps on my face from using the “Buffet” as others have experienced. Although, I only use it once a day in the morning, not twice a day.
Did I see a lot of difference with the original “Buffet” from the “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%? No, not really at first. However, I know peptides are really great for the skin and very good at preventing the signs of aging. To get all of the peptides that are in the “Buffet” + the Copper peptide at the price point of $28.90 for 1 oz, was extremely good in my opinion. I do really like serums for this kind of product as well. However, I didn’t see any real noticeable effect until I was about 1/2 way through the first bottle of the Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% (yes, I have purchased more). I noticed that my adult/hormonal acne was clearing up a lot faster after a breakout and wasn’t returning at near the rate it had before using this product.
Now, I don’t experience adult/hormonal acne at all. This is the only picture I can find that has one of my breakouts in it. I did try to cover it up. (I don’t like pictures of me anyway and pictures with breakouts in it are far off my favorites list). You can see it on my chin (those huge bumps).
I also notice with my continued use of this product, I don’t see the peeling from using my Retin-A. I wouldn’t say it was all from this product but it certainly was helping quite a lot. As I have been using this product more, I can see that my skin does react better overall. I haven’t seen any improvement in wrinkling or skin firmness from this product that I can pinpoint. Skin behaving better and having fewer problems is still pretty great.
I wasn’t really happy with the dropper bottle packaging (all The Ordinary products come with this packaging). So I did transfer this product to a small brown/dark pump bottle. Really because I didn’t like opening and closing it with that little dropper all of the time.
The pump on the new bottle disburses a very small amount so I don’t have to worry about getting too much. (There are a lot of options for these bottles on Amazon or on cosmetic making sites.) I mean for the price point can you really expect the packaging to be high end as well. So, I don’t believe a little extra expense for the pump bottle is too much and it is reusable. In fact, I would pay more if it already comes in one of these pump bottles. However, it is a personal preference and the dropper bottle it comes in is just fine.
I have read that others, did notice a change in their skin after they stopped using the product. While others didn’t notice any difference. I don’t plan on stopping, because there is just too much research that it does work. I might not always use this exact product, but something with a copper peptide in it.
For instance, The Deceim company, which owns The Ordinary, has a company called NIOD. NIOD makes several other products with copper in them and they have excellent reviews as well. I may try them in the future, but for right now I think this one has enough copper in it for me and I don’t really want to risk trying out something new in this area right now. In the future, I will do a little more research on the NIOD products before I jump to using those products, so stay tuned.
I thought I would share one of the studies on this ingredient if you are interested, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3359723/, but there are so many more.