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Copper: The Heavy-metal Skin Healer

Published: Thu November 27, 2014
Categories: Top 5 Advice

Copper is a trace metal found in the body’s cells, it attracts peptides and binds with them, forming substances known as copper peptides. In essence, copper acts as a courier, carrying nourishing protein to damaged skin.

The main skincare benefit comes in skin regeneration, making copper highly effective in the wound healing process of the skin. Copper also has anti-inflammatory qualities, allowing it to treat a wide range of skin sensitivities and irritations. Because of it’s ability to assist the formation of collagen and elastin, copper helps the skin stay soft, hydrated and flexible, thereby resulting in a more youthful appearance. Healthy collagen production helps plump fine lines and wrinkles, while the elastin and glycosaminoglycan stimulation maintains the integrity of the skin and minimises the loss of skin firmness that often leads to wrinkles.

Vitamin C is also a popular anti-ageing ingredient found in many skincare products because of its powerful antioxidant properties which help to protect the skin from environmental damage. Using both copper and vitamin C can be a great way to protect and rejuvenate the skin; however, it is important to use them correctly as the copper can cause the Vitamin C to become inactive.

For best results from your anti-ageing products it is recommended not to mix Vitamin C directly into a copper based serum.  Products can be layered however, wait a couple of minutes for the ingredients to penetrate prior to applying the second product.

Follow our Skinstitut anti-aging routine for best results:

  • Cleanse the skin with your favourite Skinstitut cleanser and rinse off with tepid water.
  • Apply 1 pump of Even Blend serum with a grain of rice amount of vitamin C powder to the face and neck. Wait for up to a minute until the product has absorbed into the skin.
  • Apply a pea sized amount of copper containing Rejuvenate 15 to the face and neck.
  • Apply Ultra Firming Eye and Neck Cream to the eye and neck area.
  • If it is daylight finish with Age Defence SPF 50 for the ultimate anti-ageing protection.

Professional tip! To allow a lightweight, smooth application, always remember to gently press the Age Defence SPF 50 onto the skin rather than rub or spread the product.

To give your skin a copper metal make-over treatment, try the following Skinstitut products that contain copper (in the form of mineral, Malachite):

Rejuvenate 15 Serum (RRP: $45.00 AUD)

Repair Balm (RRP: $45.00 AUD)

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