Ageing is directly connected to wrinkling of the skin. Wrinkles are formed when collagens are deposited incorrectly causing imperfect skin layering. This causes folds in the skin which we call wrinkles. So, the question is – Can these wrinkles be repaired to give wrinkle free skin? Well, a copper compound, copper peptide is known to have this property. Copper peptides are compounds resulting from a bond between small fragments of protein known as peptides which have an affinity for copper. These copper peptides were clinically proven to have wound and lesion healing properties leaving the skin free of scar. Water kept in Copper water bottles also has some concentration of these peptides. So, washing the face with the water can also help to rejuvenate the skin.
This was revealed in a study by Dr. Loren Pickart in the late 70s. He found and then patented a few peptides of copper. One of the peptide which has become very popular in the field of skin care is GHK-Cu. This peptide was tested for healing wounds and lesions and also for treating gastrointestinal disorders. The research proved that GHK-Cu was indeed effecting in wound healing and subsequently the Lamin gel made using this compound was approved by the FDA.
The GHK-Cu has a unique effect on wound healing. They reduce the formation of scar tissue and induce normal tissue formation. This means that a healing wound will not have scar tissues and will have the normal look. The scar tissues are formed by large particles of collagen. The copper peptide breaks this collagen into smaller particles and induces healing by using these smaller particles, thus reducing the chance of formation of scar tissue. GH-Cu also promotes formation of elastin which is a compound in skin which keeps the skin flexible and also reduces the release of oxides of iron which damage cells of skin gradually. The practice of using copper based face packs in ancient medical science of Ayurveda is a testimony to the knowledge of ancient India. The use of copper utensils in drinking water and copper vessels for cooking also have obvious benefits for skin which modern medical science is discovering.
Copper peptides also have anti-inflammatory property. There are obvious benefits for people going for skin treatment using various methods.
Laser Treatment – This method is based on the concept of removing skin cells that have aged by removing the outer layer of skin. The result is younger skin which is smoother and free of wrinkles. Copper peptides help the skin to heal properly without formation of scars and are an important part of laser therapy.
Hydroxyl Acid treatment – Another way of treating wrinkles is by using hydroxyl acids. If your skin has lesions or reacts to the acid, it may lead to skin condition which is worse. Copper peptides are effective in reducing this effect and maximize the benefits of this treatment.
Recover from Wear and Tear – Our skin is exposed to damages daily by sun, wind, acne and detergents found in shampoo. These small damages are responsible for quickening the ageing of skin. Copper peptides help to reduce the effect of these damages. A recent study in the USA has revealed that copper peptides are effective in reducing the damages caused by SLS a detergent found in most shampoos.
So, there are many signs which indicate the benefits of copper for skin, and this is just one of the many benefits this shiny red metal has. Using the creams and products containing the copper peptides may help to remove wrinkles. But one should be careful not to use the product too much which can have not too good effects on the skin.