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Choosing the right skincare can, at times, feel a little like you need a biology degree. Wildsmith formulations are inspired by nature and rich in bio-active and botanical ingredients, but it’s the lab-grown actives we include that make them truly unique.

Our BIOACTIVE COPPER PEPTIDES fall into this category. Particularly useful when expression lines become more noticeable and skin starts to loose its natural vitality and bounce. But what are peptides? And why do they deserve a place on your bathroom shelf?

We like to think of peptides as messengers. Made up of short chains of amino acids – ours contain three: glycine, histidine, and lysine – they are able to penetrate the epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin, to deliver important chemical signals to our cells.

These signals are responsible for triggering a cascade of natural processes, kick-starting skin’s repair mode to increase collagen and elastin synthesis, boost antioxidant activity, and even increase hydration levels. It’s the reason peptides are commonly included in anti-ageing serums and creams, because levels of our own naturally deplete with age.

But, and this is where we need to get a little scientific, not all peptides are created equal. Those found in Active Repair Copper Peptide Serum and Active Repair Copper Peptide Cream are what we call signal and carrier peptides. As well as communicating to skin cells that it’s time to regenerate, they also deliver copper ions directly to the skin’s deeper layers where, as well as supporting collagen and elastin synthesis to boost firmness, they get to work as a natural anti-inflammatory and help speed up wound healing – another process that naturally slows down with age.

Copper has even been shown to help normalise skin bacteria levels. Combine this anti-inflammatory effect with antioxidant-rich CACAY and plumping HYALURONIC ACID, and Active Repair Copper Peptide Serum can be especially helpful for hormonal skins prone to break outs. Meanwhile, in Active Repair Copper Peptide Cream extracts of PARACRESS flower and MILKVETCH ROOT combine to further contour the skin for a naturally lifted effect.

Used regularly together as part of your daily routine, morning and evening, skin looks fresher, more energised and feels firmer to the touch, with clinical trials data to prove it. The kind of complexion that might tempt you to skip foundation every now and again or, as we like to call it, the Copper Peptide effect.

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