Past posts have gone into detail about the benefits of ingredients like silk protein, Keratin, jojoba oil and biotin. This post will continue the trend by highlighting the ingredient, copper peptides. Copper peptides are yet another ingredient that can have a positive impact on not only hair and skin health, but hair growth as well. Continue reading to learn more about what copper peptides are, along with their benefits.
What are Copper Peptides?
GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1 can be found in the human body. However, as we age the level drops from around 200ng/ml to 80 nl/ml. This protein compound is made up of 3 amino acids and can be found in various cosmetic products. Some of these include shampoos and conditioners as well as antiaging treatments. The reason copper peptides are so popular among many topical treatments, is because of the multitude of benefits it provides for the skin and hair.
Benefits of Copper Peptides
Hair growth: As mentioned before, copper peptides have been shown to assist with hair growth. Copper Tripeptide-1 has even been shown to have a similar result on hair growth as a 5% minoxidil treatment. Minoxidil treatments are used to treat hair loss, more specifically androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness.
Copper Peptides help encourage hair growth by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which has been shown to curb hair growth. DHT is converted from testosterone thanks to the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase. Copper peptides however, can help to stop this process because of their ability to obstruct the enzyme, therefore blocking the production of DHT and further hair loss.
Microcirculation: All the organs in our body need oxygen, and our hair follicles are no different. Without the ample amount of oxygen, our hair follicles are unable to thrive, and because our hair health and hair growth is determined by our hair follicles, it is extremely important that we address our hair troubles directly from the root.
Copper peptides assist in this increase of oxygen with their ability to produce new blood vessels from previous vessels. This process is known as angiogenesis and is often associated with certain forms of exercise. Similarly to our bodies when we perform aerobic and endurance exercises, when copper peptides increase the amount of blood vessels in our hair follicles, the amount of nutrients and oxygen is also increased, ultimately leading to healthier circulation and hair growth.
Repairs Skin: Copper peptides are also popularly known for repairing skin. Not only are copper peptides supposed to assist with hair growth and microcirculation, but they have also been shown to encourage the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are both structural proteins that can be found in connective tissue. As we age, we start to lose both of these which results in saggy skin and wrinkles. This is probably one of the main reasons why you will be able to find copper peptides on the ingredient list on many anti-aging products.
To bring this back to hair growth, because copper peptides help to boost collagen and elastin, they also increase the fat cells on the scalp. According to study on hair growth performed at Yale University, an increase in fat cells on the scalp could significantly increase hair growth as it strengthens the hair follicles.
Tip: If you are looking for ways to regrow and nourish your hair, or repair your skin, look for Copper Tripeptide-1 when scanning product labels so you can achieve the above benefits.