Have you joined the copper rush, yet?
I can totally see why some ladies are cheating on them with something gentler. Like copper peptides. They’re the new magic bullet that will solve all your skin’s woes. Or so they say.
You know me. I have to put my science cap on and try them for myself. The serum on trial? Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS) 1%.
Not that I’ve ever had a choice. You guys have bombarded me with requests for this review. You’re really, really, really curious about it. So, does it live up to the hype?
This is a peptide found in human plasma that activates a lot of functions in the body, including wound healing, collagen production and anti-inflammatory responses.
But, like all good things, your body starts to produce less as you get older. It all starts in your early ’20s and, by the time you’re 60, it has dropped by a whopping 60%.
So, you need to add it back. Problem is, most skincare products out there only feature a smidge of it. But here, it is the star of the show. There’s a whole 1% of it. I know that sounds like nothing but, when it comes to copper tripeptide-1, it’s a lot to get the job done.
So, what does it do in skincare? Studies have shown that:
Can it get rid of wrinkles? In theory, it’s possible. In practice, the jury’s still out there. To be honest, we don’t even know if peptides can penetrate the skin.
They’re so big, they shouldn’t. But, some scientists think they still work when left on the surface of the skin. According to this theory, they send a signal to the cell telling it what to do (like, “make more collagen, you lazy thing! Can’t you see that everything is falling apart here?).
Either way, as Niod itself says on its website, CAIS ain’t for wrinkles. Its job is to activate all these different body functions (like wound healing and collagen production) to keep your skin in a constant state of repair.
Basically, it treats the signs of premature aging indirectly. Interesting approach, isn’t it?
Copper Lysinate Prolinate
This peptide is here to enhance penetration and boost collagen production even more.
I wish I could write a poem about it, but I couldn’t find much about it. There is some research that copper lysinate, for example, can increase the production of collagen. Apparently, it does this better than vitamin C!
I do believe this peptide does something good for the skin, but exactly how well it works is to be determined. I’ll keep an eye out on future studies and let you know what science finds out.
Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer
I’ll never tire of singing the praises of sodium hyaluronate. A close relative of hyaluronic acid, it can attract and bind to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water!
It basically keeps skin hydrated. And when skin is hydrated, it is softer to the touch, all plumped up (who can see those pesky wrinkles now) and glows beautifully!
How Do You Use Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum?
CAIS comes in two bottles. One contains the copper peptide and the other its activator. Pour the activator into the copper peptide bottle and shake well for 30 seconds.
Why the fuss? If you mix it yourself, you know the serum’s as fresh as it can be. You only have 6 months to use it so you don’t want to get a bottle that’s already gone bad.
Once ready, use it twice a day.
Let’s Put It To The Test
Niod CAIS is one of the most lightweight serums I’ve ever tried. It sinks into my skin immediately.
It’s not very hydrating. There may be plenty of sodium hyaluronate in it but if I don’t apply moisturizer straight afterwards, my skin feels dry. That usually doesn’t happen with other SH serums.
Oh, well, this isn’t a hydrating serum anyway. It’s for skin health / indirect anti-aging.
So, how does it do that? Well, I didn’t get a big improvement within 5 days as Niod promises. And I’m not totally convinced copper peptides are better than vitamin C.
When I use vitamin C, I can see the results (some of them, anyway!) straight away. I’m talking about that pretty glow it gives to the skin. I didn’t get that with CAIS. But I guess that’s because of the way CAIS works.
I’m in my mid 30s, but I’ve been avoiding the sun like the plague for more than a decade now, wear my sunscreen religiously and use all the right anti-aging superstars.
So, even though CAIS keeps my skin in a constant state of repair, I guess my skin doesn’t give it all that much work to do. My skin is already soft and even-toned so CAIS is helping my skin maintain the status quo, which is totally cool with me.
Although, I do think that, after one month of use, my skin has become a little bit firmer than it used to be.
Should You Use Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum?
If you’re still young and your skin is doing everything it’s supposed to be doing, then no, you don’t need to splurge on CAIS. Use sunscreen every day, get a good antioxidant serum and eat more veggies than sugar and you’ll be able to prevent a lot of the damage in the first place.
If you’re older and could use the extra help, then you may consider adding CAIS to your skincare routine. But, don’t give up your retinol or vitamin C for it.