This post has been updated - see our 2014 Five Best with Copper Peptides
For existing lines or scars, copper peptides are a wrinkle warrior's heavy artillery. One of the main roles of copper is anti-inflammatory – it works by suppressing inflammatory cytokines – and there is a growing school of thought that increased inflammation brings about aging. However it should be noted that, as I understand it, copper has to have something to repair (for preventative skincare, it is better to look for collagen boosting peptides like Matrixyl and antioxidants). Copper's powers also extend to hair growth. It seems to work on the follicle in two ways: increasing follicle cell proliferation yielding increased follicle size; and also decreasing programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles.
When I posted a week ago on how copper peptides work, I promised a roundup of the best performing products with copper peptides. Here it is.
See all our recommended products with copper peptides.
Skin Nutrition Cell CPR
Skin Nutrition Cell CPR ($170 in the shop). Skin Nutrition’s philosophy is that skin cells are complex things made up of phospholipids, proteins (enzymes, oligopeptides, amino acids), oligosaccharides, oxygen, vitamins and minerals. And so, therefore, is Cell CPR with a whopping 70 or so ingredients. You'll find some new peptides, including hexanoyl dipeptide-3 (which is lecithin and norleucine Acetate) activates skin cell regeneration by stimulating the natural desquamation process of the skin, leading to a gentle peeling. Rh-oligopeptide-1 (Egf) is a recombitant human epidermal growth factor. Here, of course, is copper tripeptide (also known as copper GHK). Even more cutting edge is adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an ingredient that is also in DermaSilk. It is the main energy source for the majority of cellular – and muscular – functions. This includes the synthesis of DNA. It's expensive, but I get compliments when I use it.
Hair Vitality Complex
Hair Vitality Complex ($49 in the shop). This is Truth In Aging's first branded product. Copper peptides help a great deal for hair growth and reduced shedding. The problem was that most copper peptide products were unpleasant to use and also contained other ingredients that I didn’t like. And so I worked with Your Best Face to make a product that would work, be pleasant to use (no bad smells) and not scary for those of us with blonde hair and expensive salon color jobs. There are amino acids creating a copper peptide and vitamin B and that's about it. I tested this on 125 members of the TIA community and 70% said it would work and they would buy it. Well here it is.
GloTherapeutics Glopeptide+Defense ($130). This potion has three of our five best anti-aging ingredients, L-carnosine for extending the hayflick limit, spin trap (a busy molecule that is a brilliant radical scavenger) and collagen boosting Matrixyl 3000. Copper peptides do not appear high on the list of ingredients, but Glopeptide has to get a mention for the host of great ingredients that pack an awful lot of antioxidant punch. When I used this cream for a few weeks, I was told that I looked as if I'd had Botox.
Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream
Benir Beauty BV Nine Platinum Anti-Aging Bee Venom Cream ($136 in the shop). Bee venom and copper peptides – now here is an irresistible combination! I have long been a convert to copper peptides as a powerful anti-aging ingredient and more recently become convinced by the curious power of bee venom. To see the two together in Bénir Beauty’s BV-9 Platinum had this ingredient geek almost palpitating with excitement. And BV Nine lives up to my expecations. A great moisturizing serum with great ingredients.
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair ($58-$85 in the shop). A great combination of copper peptides and the collagen-boosting peptide combination, Matrixyl 3000. Osmotics does not formulate for purists so there are some chemicals and potential irritants here. But they do formulate for efficacy.