Should you be using copper peptides?

In the last year (2021), copper peptides have become a super popular ingredient in skincare.

And for good reason.

You see, a peptide is an amino acid and amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Collagen is a type of protein.  So copper peptides promote collagen production.  

But it’s not just another, so-called, collagen-inducing ingredient.  

Studies show that it’s pretty significant.  

Participants and biopsy analysis from one study showed skin tightening, brightening, improved firmness, and reduced wrinkle depth in women aged 50-59 who used a copper cream twice a day for 12 weeks.  And many other studies are showing similar results.  

It’s not too often that you find an ingredient that works like this.  I think the research is pretty exciting.

I actually love to use a copper peptide serum after microneedling because it speeds up healing and calms down redness.

You can get a copper peptide serum, or cream, at most places you purchase skincare, or online.  

But before you rush out to get a product there are a few things you should be aware of …

First – Copper peptides are known as GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1.

Second – make sure copper is listed at or near the top of the ingredient list.  You don’t want a product with a bunch of fillers.  

Third – don’t be alarmed by the color of the product.  It’ll be blue (the bluer the better).  But it won’t look blue on your skin.

And lastly – don’t use with Vitamin C serum, retinols or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) … they don’t play nicely together and actually cancel each other out.  You can use one product, though, in the morning and then the other at night.  

Have a great weekend!

For a younger you!!




  • Borkow G.  Using Copper to Improve the Well-Being of the Skin.  Curr Chem Biol.  2014.
  • Pickart L., Et. al.  GHK Peptide as a Natural Modulator of Multiple Cellular Pathways in Skin Regeneration.  Biomed Res Int.  2015.