GHK-cu is a relatively young peptide first isolated in 1973. As a copper derivative, this powerful compound has been used for years in coins and electronics. However, it has now become integral to smart skin care regimens because of its restorative effect on skin.
It is gaining in prevalence because it is known to promote wound healing, a basic function for healthy, beautiful skin. Because of the growing interest in copper peptides and GHK-cu, this article explains the peptide and discusses its GHK-cu benefits for skin care.
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WHAT IS GHK-CU?
Copper Tripeptide, or GHK-cu, is a naturally occurring copper complex of the tripeptide glycyl-L-hystidyl-L-lysine. It is made by combining copper and peptides to form a clathrate compound. It was first derived from human plasma and can also be found in saliva.
In human plasma, the level of GHK-cu is around 200 ng/ml at age 20. But by age 60, the level declines to around 80 ng/ml, giving rise to great interest around GHK-cu’s potential to slow the effects of aging. Recent studies revealed its ability to modulate the expression of a large number of human genes, generally reversing gene expression to a healthier state.
WHAT ARE THE GHK-CU BENEFITS?
Many GHK-cu benefits lead to radiant skin. It is known to promote wound healing, activate immune cell attraction, boost antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, stimulate collagen synthesis, and regulate scar tissue formation. All of these important functions add up to improving skin health in several ways.
SMOOTHER SKIN WITH REDUCED APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES
Your skin can stay strong and maintain its shape because of the work of its connective tissues which are made up of collagen proteins. As we age, our collagen tends to deplete more rapidly simultaneous with our body’s slowdown in collagen production. But a 2015 study found that after a month of topical use of GHK-cu, 70% of patients showed a significant increase in collagen production.
RELIEF FOR SUN-DAMAGED SKIN
It is the sun’s UVA and UVB rays that can damage the skin with overexposure. Sun damage works by increasing the number of free radicals in our system, catalyzing oxidative stress which can cause deeper wrinkles, think papery skin, hyperpigmentation (‘age spots’), or sagging loose skin. But free radicals are neutralized by antioxidants, which the GHK-cu peptide is known to stimulate.
MAINTAIN SKIN MOISTURE
Moisturized skin looks sturdy and plump. When you see thin ‘crepe-like’ skin, that is a form of shriveling and is caused by dehydration. But copper peptides can enhance your body’s natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid which actually draws moisture from the air and locks it into the skin. This abundance of hyaluronic acid also aids in the production of collagen, doubling its positive effect.
ACCELERATE HEALING OF THE SKIN
We have talked a lot about protective and preventative skin care. But GHK-cu benefits also include helping heal traumatized skin including acne and diabetic wounds. One study found that the GHK-cu peptide benefits the skin because of its ability to catalyze anti-inflammatory activity and repair DNA damage. In this way, GHK-cu may support the healing process of various forms of skin traumas.
IS GHK-CU SAFE FOR ME?
Because GHK-cu is naturally occurring in your body, negative side effects would not be expected. In general, it is considered very safe for all users. Studies have shown that the GHK-cu peptide “is very safe and no issues have ever arisen during its use as a skin cosmetic or in human wound healing studies.”
What Is The Correct GHK-cu Dosage?
There are a couple of ways to take advantage of GHK-cu benefits. One way is through GHK-cu subcutaneous injection. The recommended dosage is 1.1 mg/kg. Yet, many who feel adverse toward needles prefer a different, more manageable option. In that case, you may consider trying a skincare product such as Regen Labs Liquid Facelift.
Not only does it contain GHK-cu, but its innovative toxin-free formula also includes other potent ingredients. Let’s take a quick look at each one.
Acetyl Hexapeptide 8
Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 is a synthetic peptide with water-binding properties. It’s unique because studies have shown it has similar properties to botulinum toxin, such that it targets wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes. Studies have also shown that it is superior to oil-rich products because it is better able to lock in moisture. It helps fill wrinkles with more moisturized and plumper tissues.
Pentapeptide 18 is another unique peptide that paralyzes muscles to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. In controlled studies, topical peptides such as Pentapeptide 18 have shown anti-aging capabilities. Pentapeptide works alongside Acetyl hexapeptide 8 by enhancing each other’s moisturizing abilities leaving you with healthy, radiant skin.
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BPC-157 helps heal the skin in the same way it builds healthy muscle tissue. It does this by producing an angiogenic effect which creates new blood vessels and increases blood flow to injured parts of the skin. As a result, studies show that BPC-157 plays a considerable role in helping to accelerate epidermal healing.
Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that helps promote radiant skin. It draws moisture from the air and can hold one thousand times its weight in water. In clinical studies, Hyaluronic Acid has been proven to be effective at regulating multiple biological processes, including wound healing and skin rejuvenation.
It also improves skin’s hydration levels which leads to restoring volume and reducing wrinkle scars. In addition, when inflammatory cells are activated, your enhanced immune system is better able to respond to injury of fibroblasts and epithelial cells.
Niacinamide is a water-soluble form of Vitamin B3 that is easily absorbed into the skin. Niacinamide builds proteins into the skin and seals in the skin moisture. Data analysis has demonstrated that Niacinamide can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and improve skin elasticity. This ultimately leads to lower inflammation, tighter pores, and fuller facial tissue.
It is a lot to think about! We get it. If you have questions about GHK-cu benefits, Regen Labs has options for you. All Regen Labs products support the body’s natural systems for a healthy brain, skin, muscle, and sexual health.
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