Even well-versed Truth In Aging readers might not be overly familiar with copper peptides, as it is a relatively new ingredient to make its way into the anti-aging arsenal. Scientists began investigating the properties of copper peptides in the 1970s, but it didn’t show up as an ingredient in skin care products until 1997. Initial uses were as an anti-inflammatory; copper is well documented to help with wound recovery. From there, its potential to help keep skin young has been explored and, these days, often extolled. It has become an ingredient in products such as Skin Nutrition Cell CPR ($170) and Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop). But in Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair ($58), copper peptides is the star of the show, with supporting roles given to vitamin A, vitamin E and the protein-building anti-oxidant carnosine, other ingredients in Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair.
Copper peptides are protein fragments that occur naturally in humans; in fact, copper is the third most abundant trace mineral found in the body. Its presence peaks in our twenties and then begins to decrease as we approach 60. Studies show copper peptides appear to have the ability to stimulate production of collagen and elastin. Copper peptides are also said to promote the production of hyaluronic acid, which is believed to help the skin retain moisture, and are antioxidants, nutrients that counteract the oxidizing effects of free radicals. Truth In Aging spends a good amount of time discussing antioxidants so our community knows oxidation results in cellular damage and the signs of aging. To their credit, Osmotics includes links to some of these studies on their website. But, while promising, all are to date funded privately or corporately, not independently.
I’m 57 years old and was interested in trying Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair because I would like increased elasticity and firmness on my neck and jawline. When I opened the jar, I found something that looks a little like turquoise Vaseline, and goes on more as a gel than a cream. I grew up in the desert of Arizona and have dry skin; I love creams and even oils, so I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about a gel-like product. I quickly found that a little bit goes a long way. At first, I focused on smearing a bit on my neck and jawline. But with the winter dryness to the air, I began to put a bit on other parts of my face, especially above the lip and on the cheeks under the eyes. I sometimes followed with a general moisturizer to get the cream-like feel that I need.
I’ve been trying this product for about five weeks now and can report that I am sure that my skin feels more hydrated in the areas where I’ve been using Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair, so that is great. In terms of elasticity and firmness, I’m not certain yet but, to be fair, I have about half the jar left; it’s early in the game to make a final judgment. Bottom line for me: though we’ve all become sophisticated enough to know there is no one magic bullet, and although I’m not thoroughly convinced yet, I feel there is enough promise in adding copper peptide to my skin care regimen that I will try a second jar with my own money.