Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Copper



Copper was one of the first metals used in cosmetics. In ancient Egypt is was believed to give magical powers to those who wore it. While that may not be true, it does help to prolong youth.

Did you know that copper has the third highest mineral concentration within the human body? Copper is found in foods ranging from whole grains to chicken to green leafy vegetables, making it virtually a necessary requirement in maintaining a healthy diet. What many people don’t know is that copper is a major component to help aid with anti-aging. Packed with anti-inflammatory qualities, copper essentially helps target the skin to help it heal, improve, and repair. 

The Science: Collagen is the main structural protein of connective tissue. In humans this "glue" comprises between 25-35% of whole-body proteins. Copper, in the form of bound peptides, stimulates collagen and elastin formation. Both of these functions are essential in maintaining a youthful skin and in reducing the signs of aging. The copper peptide GHL-Cu is abundant is young people, but is present in much lower levels in older persons.   The bottom line - copper:
  • Aids with skin conditions and irritations ranging from acne to psoriasis
  • Helps heal and reduce scar tissue formation, all while stimulating skin regeneration
  • Helps develop collagen and elastin to maintain the strength of skin
  • Helps heal, hydrate and nourish the skin
  • Helps with collagen production and elastin stimulation to help firm the skin and prevent sagging
  • Promotes the product of hyaluronic acid – a major skin plumper.

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