Omorovicza Copper Peel ($160):
While it might not be your first choice — or the most well-known — copper makes for one hard-working skincare ingredient. And this at-home peel is an excellent source for it. The treatment combines a blue copper paste and lactic acid activator that work in tandem to rejuvenate the complexion, reduce the look of large pores, and improve the complexion’s overall texture and tone.
Ayurvedic Highlight: Copper
In Ayurvedic practices, Punnapuzha says copper is mostly used in conjunction with water. “When water is stored in a copper vessel, it [can] naturally ionize the water,” she explains. As a result, the water turns alkaline which can help balance the body’s pH levels, protect against harmful bacteria, boost the immune system, and even infuse the body with antioxidants.
When it comes to skin, “copper plays a key role in the synthesis of proteins within the skin,” says Carly Roman
, a board-certified dermatologist at Modern Dermatology in Seattle, Washington. It can also help do away with oxidative stress, which can lead to premature aging. “Copper peptides added to skin [treatments] help the process of rebuilding new collagen and elastin into the skin,” notes Jason Emer
, a cosmetic dermatologist in Beverly Hills.