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Have you ever tried copper in your skincare? The latest ingredient to shake up the beauty industry, copper, in its bio-available forms – you might have heard of copper gluconate or copper peptides – is popping up in a variety of products, and quickly becoming the latest must-try mineral. Naturally present in skin tissue, copper is responsible for keeping skin plump and firm and when added to skincare, can even control shine, breakouts and fight inflammation too. Read on to discover why copper deserves a place in your skincare regime and the copper-rich products you need to know…

Copper For Anti-Ageing

As skin starts to age, you might find yourself wanting to treat its existing appearance but to also help slow down the process a little too. “When used in skincare, copper can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it helps to rejuvenate skin cells in ageing tissue and boosts the production of both collagen and elastin,” explains Jennifer Hollingsworth, Senior Trainer at Natura Bissé UK & Ireland. Hardly surprising then, that many anti-ageing products are enriched with copper to promote a more youthful-looking complexion. Natura Bissé’s Inhibit High Definition Serum targets fine lines head on with its highly-concentrated formula of copper and collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid. Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream also harnesses the power of copper to improve skin’s elasticity and smooth unwanted signs of ageing.

Copper For Breakouts

Breakouts can occur for a number of reasons but tackling them requires ingredients which get to work solving the problem quickly. Copper is great for this thanks to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. “Copper also helps to maintain and control the skin’s natural sebum levels, mattifies the complexion and minimises breakouts,” says Emily Thompson, Head of Spa at Omorovicza. Omorovicza’s Copper Peel is a two-stage peel which works to regulate sebum and detoxify the skin. Not only is it packed with copper, but the lactic acid included also helps to overhaul texture and appearance. For a more targeted treatment, try dabbing Tata Harper’s Clarifying Spot Treatment directly to the blemish – it’s packed with copper, zinc and magnesium to offer a non-drying solution to all skin types.

Copper For Pigmentation And Uneven Skin Tone

In addition to its ability to increase skin’s elasticity, reduce signs of ageing and help tackle breakouts, copper is also a go-to ingredient for healing and diminishing discolouration. “The astringent effect of copper also tightens pores for a perfected, even-toned complexion,” adds Emily. Sarah Chapman’s Skinesis 3D Moisture Infusion Mask combines copper and other essential minerals to not only provides potent anti-ageing action and long-lasting hydration but it also reduces redness and restores an even skin tone.

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