When you deal with persistent under-eye puffiness or dark circles, you’ll try pretty much anything to reduce inflammation and discoloration—hence why under-eye products are so popular. Who hasn’t seen someone wearing eye masks on Instagram lately? But that’s just the beginning. There are creams, serums, ice rollers–you name it. And I’ve tried them all. My medicine cabinet is basically an ever-revolving door of products for this particular area that I’m constantly testing in order to find what works and what’s worth skipping.
One ingredient I came across recently that is supposed to be a game-changer for under-eye woes is copper peptides. It’s possible you’ve already heard of peptides for skin since so many derms swear by them. But for those unfamiliar, they’re an ingredient that can stimulate collagen production. “Peptides are messengers that boost your skin cells’ activity, and have various functions depending on the particular peptide,” a dermatologist in New York, previously told, “Most have skin brightening effects.”
In the case of copper peptides, their benefits are less about boosting your skin’s brightness and more about helping it bounce back from common environmental stressors and certain conditions that often arise as you age.
Why copper peptides are so great for your skin
A Dermatologist says that copper peptides are found in plasma. “The most studied effects of them on the skin are accelerated wound healing and stimulation of collagen production,” she explains. Cosmetic benefits may include increased skin firmness and elasticity, and decreased wrinkles and pigmentation.” Copper peptides can also help tame skin inflammation, “so it’s both protective and regenerative,” says the doctor.
What causes under-eye bags and circles?
Loss of collagen is one of the culprits that can cause under-eye puffiness and dark circles, hence why copper peptides can help, says the doctor. Other factors that cause the conditions include genetics, allergies, blood circulation, and unusual protrusions (i.e. herniations) of fat pads in your face. Oh, and yes, lack of sleep and diet may also be play a role here. “Lifestyle factors like lack of sleep and excessive salt intake can also exacerbate the skin concerns in this area,” she says.
What to look for in copper-peptide eye products
Plenty of products will call out peptides right on the front of the label (hello, Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum ($60), but others will take some digging to find on ingredient lists. Once you do find a product that has copper peptides, doctor says to look for another common skin-care active: vitamin C.
That’s because copper peptides can make vitamin C less effective. It’s best to avoid products containing both ingredients, and don’t apply products with both ingredients at the same time. “The copper oxidizes the ascorbic acid, which causes it to break down rapidly, so you won’t get the benefits of the latter,” says the doctor.
Keep in mind that the skin under your eyes is very sensitive compared to other parts of your face or body. So if you’ve never used copper peptides before, your best bet is to start with a patch test to see how your skin reacts first. “Before starting any new product in this area, it may be wise to perform a patch test first on your neck or inner forearm,” advises the doctor.
Which copper-peptide products should I try for under-eye bags and circles?
Copper peptides and CBD combine here to help depuff under-eye bags thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of both ingredients. Pop them in the fridge for a sec before you use them for an extra cooling effect.
This serum is known for its smoothing effects on the skin by containing niacinamide and by containing copper peptides it helps to prevent sun damage as well as cure fine lines and wrinkles.
By containing amino acids, this serum helps to cures tiredness of eyes as well as lessen puffiness, and fight against free radicals by containing antioxidants.
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