I’m jumping on the copper peptides bandwagon.
I admit I was hesitant at first. Research was scant and the prices outrageous. I’m not gonna shell out 100+ for something I’m not even sure works.
But in the past year, resisting the temptation was harder and harder. For one, new studies are coming out proving that copper peptides DO something for your skin.
Plus, prices are going down (and if that’s not the way to a girl’s skincare cabinet, I don’t know what is). So I’m giving them the Beautiful with Brains stamp of approval.
The only question now is: what are the best products with copper peptides? But first, let’s rewind things a little and find out what exactly it is they do for your skin:
- What Are Copper Peptides?
- What Are The Best Products With Copper Peptides?
- Best For Dry Skin: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68.00)
What Are Copper Peptides?
Peptides are proteins made up of amino acids (the building blocks of skin). Some of these peptides have an affinity for the metal copper. When they meet, they become one: a copper peptide. Duh!
It’s a match made in skincare heaven. Why? Copper peptides help your skin in so many ways:
- They boost collagen: They increase the production of collagen, the substance that keeps skin firm. Rumour has it, they do this better than vitamins A & C!
- They heal skin: They soothe irritations and help wounds heal faster.
- They produce antioxidant enzymes: For example, superoxide dismutase, which destroys the worst, most damaging type of free radical in your skin.
- They strengthen the skin’s protective barrier: They promote the production of elastin, glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, and other building blocks of the barrier.
Pretty impressive, aren’t they?
Related: Are Copper Peptides Better Than Retinoids?
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What Are The Best Products With Copper Peptides?
Before I tell you what the best products with copper peptides are, let me get one thing straight: I don’t think these peptides are a must for everyone. Most of you won’t need them. For now.
But if your skin is losing firmness, frequently acts up or you want to minimise retinoid irritation, adding copper peptides to your skincare routine can help.
But where to find them? Here are the best products with copper peptides (that don’t break the bank – this stuff can cost a pretty penny!):
Best For Dry Skin: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream ($68.00)
The name says it all: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream has every peptide you can think of. They work by signalling skin cells how to behave. Some of these peptides tell skin to produce more collagen, others to amp up its hydration levels, others still to heal and soothe skin… You get the drill. The addition of marula oil makes it more suitable for dry skin but every skin type can use it.
Available at: Cult Beauty, Sephora and SpaceNK
Related: Do Peptides In Skincare Really Work?
Best For Mature Skin: Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 (£38.00)
Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1 was the product that converted me to copper peptides. It has one of the highest concentration of copper peptides I’ve seen in a skincare product – and not much else. It works by keeping skin in a constant state of repair, making sure that everything’s functioning properly. If you’re young and blessed with good skin, you’ll think it’s not doing anything for you. But if you’re a little older and need the extra help, you’ll notice your skin getting firmer, more tolerant of prescription retinoids (& other “harsh” ingredients), and healing much faster.
Available at: Cult Beauty
Related: My Full Review Of Niod Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1
Best On A Budget: The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% ($28.90)
The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% is pricer than your average The Ordinary products. But it’s still your best bet if you want to see what the fuss is about without committing too much money. Plus, it has 5 more peptide complexes, including Matrixyl 3000 to boost collagen and SYN-AKE to freeze muscle movements (it was inspired by the paralysing effect of snake venom). No, it doesn’t work as well as Botox but hey, every little bit helps.
Available: Asos, Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic
Related: What Type Of Peptides Works Best To Repair Skin?
Best For The Eye Area: Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum ($85.00)
I know, I know. I always say you don’t need an eye cream. I 100% stand by that. But I know a lot of you like to use one anyway. That’s totally cool. Your face, your choice. So, if you’re looking for one with copper peptides, go with Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum. It’s expensive, but well worth the money. It’s a cocktail of peptides (NOT just copper peptides), antioxidant and niacinamide that moisturises skin, fights wrinkles and soothes irritations.
Available at: Cult Beauty, Sephora, and SpaceNK
Related: Niacinamide, A Skincare Do-It-All