Copper: The New Must-Have Ingredient in Skin Care

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There are a lot of anti-aging creams and lotions that work to stimulate your body’s own natural production of collagen—because unfortunately, you can’t just put collagen into a cream and expect it to sink into your face and fluff out fine lines and wrinkles. (Though a girl can dream.) 

And while collagen stimulation is great, the preservation and repair of elastin is equally important when it comes to minimizing deep and superficial wrinkles, especially as the aging process begins in our 20s.”Many of my patients believe they don’t need to worry about elasticity until later in life. This is a common misconception as people feel that elasticity only relates to more profound wrinkling of the skin,” says New York dermatologist Adam Geyer, MD. But really “loss of elasticity begins in our 20s with the slow progressive decrease and alteration of our elastin and collagen fibers. It is one fundamental reason why fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores begin forming. Maintaining elasticity is essential to preserving younger looking skin.”

The good news is that more and more products are popping up with the main goal of restoring and preserving the complex network of elastin that keeps your skin firm. One powerful ingredient in particular plays a unique and important role in the formation of elastin—copper. 

Perhaps this is why skin-care brands are now populating their anti-aging lines with this ingredient. For instance, when Kiehl’s set out to formulate their new Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream ($52), they made this metal the star ingredient. Their chemists incorporated copper into the cream because it can organize and protect the skin’s elastic fiber network. If you’re wondering how, copper actually works directly on the fibroblasts in your skin to stimulate the production of mRNA, which is the molecule that is responsible for production of elastin. It also helps with the crosslinking of the elastin so that it is more orderly and organized, which keeps skin strong and supple.

The brand Osmotics has an entire line devoted to copper. It’s even in their eye cream and their lip gloss. Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Lip and Tuck ($35), for instance, combines copper peptides with hyaluronic acid to not only hydrate the lips, but prevent the loss of collagen, which keeps the lips and mouth area firm and lip lines at bay.

The copper craze doesn’t stop at skin-care either. Tricomin Follicle Therapy Spray ($68) contains triamino copper that can strengthen the hair at the roots.

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