Copper: Mining for Skin Care Gold
Copper and humans have a long and chummy history. It was the first metal to be sourced (c. 8000 B.C.), smelted (c. 5000 B.C.), and shaped (c. 4000 B.C.). We’ve used it for tools, coins, cooking implements, art, jewelry, electrical wiring, piping and more.
But our relationship with this burnished omnibus goes even deeper. Copper is also an essential component in the human body, required for producing red blood cells, maintaining healthy nerve cells, and building strong tissue. There’s just a small amount in the body, not much than what’s found in a penny, but that scant amount has a large effect on your health.
Copper is a key player in the ongoing saga of skin renewal. How key? Collagen and elastin, those all-important fibers that keep skin firm, supple and resilient, don’t get made without it.
In addition to its role in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, copper has strong anti-bacterial, antioxidant, wound-healing properties and promotes production of hyaluronic acid.
So it’s no wonder it has become a popular ingredient in skin care products over the last few years. So popular, in fact, you can even buy linens and eye masks infused with rejuvenating copper ions. (Side note on these pricey items, in order to take advantage of their benefits, you’d have to sleep with your cheek pressed to the pillowcase, which leads to sleep wrinkles and the defeat of the whole the purpose.)
Vivant takes copper a step further and marries it with chlorophyllin (the element crucial to plant synthesis) in a unique compound that magnifies the benefits of each substance for enhanced epithelial cell growth and regeneration. This ingredient is also used to color green products naturally, has antioxidant properties and stimulates wound-healing.
You can find copper chlorophyllin complex in two rejuvenating products from Vivant.
Vivant’s Algae Soft Mask is a restorative clarifying mask enriched with copper chlorophyllin complex and other bioactive and antioxidant ingredients to nourish and renew skin above and below the surface. It removes impurities, refines pores, and stimulates production of collagen and elastin to leave skin radiantly soft and smooth.
Marine Nourishing Cream is the optimum moisturizer, blending copper chlorophyllin complex with marine minerals, amino acids, sea proteins and polysaccharides to prevent oxidative stress in skin while replenishing collagen and promoting a thicker epidermis. It leaves skin looking and feeling firmer, younger, smoother and incredibly soft.