Copper Peptide Serum
Revolution Skincare’s Copper Peptide Serum has an interesting mix of wrinkle-reducing, skin-firming peptides, but it lacks the antioxidants it claims to contain. Despite this curious disappointment, the fact remains that it’s an otherwise great option for all skin types to experiment with peptides, including one combined with copper.
The fragrance-free formula is housed in a translucent glass bottle outfitted with a standard dropper-tip applicator. The peptides in this formula are not known to be light-sensitive, but are sensitive to air exposure, so be sure to recap tightly after use.
A few drops of this fluid glide across skin, absorbing almost completely but not feeling tacky or sticky; instead, skin is left feeling smooth and lightly hydrated.
This serum layers well with other products and can be used once or twice daily. The peptides aren’t the last word for this group, but most of them have some intriguing research about their ability to repair collagen, stimulate healthy new collagen, and strengthen the junction between skin’s upper and lower layers (as we age, this junction weakens, and skin begins to lose its resilience).
Trace amounts of copper are needed as co-factors to spur several important reactions in skin to ensure it looks youthful and healthy; however, most people get enough copper from their diet, and the prevailing research isn’t too strong on copper peptides being a must-have for skin yet. Based on the research at the time of this review, we think of copper peptides as more “nice to have” than “need to have”, but this serum’s total formula is definitely worth considering.
What about copper being an antioxidant? Well, the information on this is mixed. It’s not really a direct antioxidant like vitamin C or green tea, but instead seems to stimulate the formation of antioxidant enzymes in skin, making it more of an indirect antioxidant.
By the way, if you’re OK with extending your skin care budget a bit further, you’ll get a more robust, beneficial formula with The Ordinary’s “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%.
- Excellent silky, fluid texture is easy to apply and layer.
- Blend of peptides can help skin look younger and become more resilient.
- Glycerin, propanediol, and the palmitoyl peptides hydrate.
- Fragrance free.
- Lacks antioxidants even though billed as an “antioxidant serum”.
This antioxidant serum helps to restore skin’s firmness. Formulated with Copper (helps maintain healthy skin), multi-peptides (helps to improve skins texture), and Glycerin (to moisturise).
United Kingdom-based Revolution Skincare is the skin care branch of Revolution Beauty (who also has a color cosmetic subbrand, Makeup Revolution). Launched in 2018, the brand’s founder, Adam Minto, says the line’s ethos is the same as its parent brand; providing inexpensive, fast-to-market options designed for a wide range of people.
This skin care collection isn’t exactly a “revolutionary” concept, per se – the brand has a lot in common with other up-and-comers such as The Ordinary and Good Molecules. All of these products have a focus on stripped-down formulas featuring key ingredients (such as hyaluronic acid, for example) that can be mixed, layered, and alternated in to a complete skin care routine based on personal preference and occasional needs.
Revolution’s skin care products are something of a mixed bag. There are some true winners in the bunch (among them a couple of interesting retinol alternatives), but there are also quite a few missteps. Some of the products contain the skin-drying type of alcohol and irritating citrus extracts. Then there’s the concern that most of the products are housed in frosted bottles that need to be stored away from daylight, since the packaging puts their delicate ingredients at risk of light exposure that can cause those ingredients to lose their effectiveness. Side note: We reached out to the brand several times to inquire about whether their glass bottles have a UV light coating, but we have not received a response so far.
Overall, we appreciate the approach of potent skin care at bargain prices – we just wish the execution were a bit better! You can find our more about Revolution Skincare at https://www.revolutionbeauty.com/en/Skincare/c-58.aspx.
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