When offered the chance to test Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift ($95), which promises to reduce stretch marks by up to 72%, as well as lift bust, tummy and tush, I was interested but skeptical. Removing stretch marks sans procedure is big talk, as is any promise to lift parts heavier than an eyelid or jowl. However, I am exceedingly pleased to report that after one month, my stretch marks indeed look at least 72% better!
Stretch marks abound on my bum and bust and, while my boobs don’t give gravity much to act on, I do have a plump rear that jiggles more than it did in college.
Prior to using Blue Copper 5 Body Lift, my stretch marks were raised like rumble strips. Now my skin is completely smooth, and my stretch marks are shrinking on their horizontal axis (shrinking in width, rather than length), and indeed they measure in at about a quarter of their former size. I don’t know that my bum is much lifted, but I did have some dimples that are now smoothed and filled. Check out the photos below and see what you think; I did my very best to keep lighting and distance the same for each shot.
In a short video posted to the Osmotics website, company founder Francine Porter explains the power behind the Blue Copper 5 formulation. Engineered by Osmotics, Blue Copper 5 combines natural copper with a five-chain peptide. Copper is considered a top skin-regenerating ingredient, and is particularly useful in smoothing and removing scars (which stretch marks are). It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, and it helps skin flushdamaged collagen and elastin by increasing the natural, “skin remodeling process.” Skin remodeling removes proteins and older cells from the dermis and thus diminishes wound scars, and wrinkles, and smooths skin (and let’s face it, remodeling is an appropriate name for a situation that would otherwise require sandblasting and scaffolding).
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide is the five-chained peptide pairing. It’s comprised of five amino acids that are linked together and then attached to palmitic acid, which promotes solubility and skin penetration. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide boosts collagen, and stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and other intercellular matrix substances. It’s one of the two key actives that put the 3000 in Matrixyl 2.0 and (small surprise) it’s other half Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, makes an appearance in Osmotics as well.
According to Sederma, makers of Matrixyl and Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide work synergistically to reverse damage.
Both are cell-communicating ingredients, which means they signal cells to function in healthy manner. Palmitoyl Oligopeptide stimulates healthy skin growth, while Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 7 protects the new skin cells by inhibiting inflammatory response.
Osmotics does contain some unfortunate ingredients, including a couple of silicones, diazolidinyl urea and polyacrylamide, which may ooze highly toxic acrylamide. I would be concerned about long-term use of this product, but I definitely recommend it as a one to three-month treatment to diminish stretch marks and rebuild tired skin. I am truly impressed by its efficacy – Osmotics is to your butt what Zamboni is to an ice rink – and I fully intend to try other Blue Copper 5 skincare products!