Heavy Metal: Metallics Are Hot for Summer 2015. Trendspotting: COPPER for Color + for Treatment!
I love metallics. I love them in cosmetics, I love metals in jewelry (no surprise, right?) and I love them in select fashion pieces from handbags, hats and shoes. There are many metallic colors out there: gold, silver, platinum, rose gold (hot and popular since Fall 2014), pewter and copper.
There are many products out there that use a metal to make a product effective or deliver something valuable to the products actions. Copper happens to be one of the most effective metals out there for skincare.
Copper has been used in skincare for a long time. There are a variety of skincare treatments and information out there.
Harper’s Bazaar featured a big spread in March, 2014 about the metal/substance and what it does.
Even often skeptical doctors are touting copper’s ability to combat the ravages of time. “Copper definitely plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin,” says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai’s Department of Dermatology in New York. “It helps to develop collagen and elastin, which maintain the strength of the skin, and it promotes the production of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.” (Translation: less sagging and fewer lines.) “It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which help prevent infections,” he adds, which is why it has been used in wound care since the ’60s (and shows high hopes for acne treatment too).
Best of all, copper-enhanced lotions and potions pose little danger.
“Unlike with other heavy metals, like silver, the risk of toxicity from topically applied copper is low because it is metabolized by the body,” Zeichner says. Dorit Baxter is one of the beauty experts putting the research into action. She recently began offering a PostSurgery Copper Facial ($135) for the nip-and-tuck crowd to speed up recovery. “The copper helps heal and hydrate skin and is antiaging,” she says. The gentle treatment, which includes a lymphatic drainage massage before a layer of copper moisturizer is applied under a paraffin mask, can also reduce the redness and flaking caused by popular laser treatments like Fraxel. Baxter uses Blue Copper 5 Firming Elasticity Repair cream ($85) by Osmotics. “Compared with other antiaging ingredients, the science, safety, efficacy, and clinical validation of copper peptides make it unique,” says Osmotics founder Francine Porter. The line claims to increase luminosity and firmness without the risk of irritation associated with retinoids and glycolic acids.
The Purity of Elements Skin Care Collection features the healing and restorative benefits of naturally occurring copper salt in its proprietary Copper 5 Complex™ a powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps boost the skin’s production of collagen and elastin to turn back the clock on fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of firmness, www.purityofelements.comand at Nordstrom.com and Nordstrom stores.
Osmotics Blue Copper
As mentioned in Harper’s Bazaar’s quote above, there’s no reason not to test-drive this industry-leader in copper-based treatments.
Copper is known to be a superior material for controlling temperature and distributing heat evenly (think cookware), which has made it a “go-to” for styling tools. Hair brushes that have a copper core heat the hair 30% faster and destroy up to 88% of bacteria and fungus known to live on styling tools. Find it at www.frommbeauty.com.
If you find brushes with copper bristles like these from Goody, they will control dandruff problems!
Nail polish is a great way to go metallic.
The shimmery pinky-orange tone of copper is the perfect complement to any outfit and a pristine manicure is the ultimate accessory. An earth tone hue with a twist can be worn as a neutral or added as an accent nail. Check out Deborah Lippmann’s Copper Shade in Glamourous Life for a hue that goes well with all skin tones www.deborahlippmann.com
Essie has a great copper polish too: PennyTalk!
This warm beautiful tone is the perfect accent to cool colored eyes—think blue or green—and will truly make them pop. Models at Narciso Rodriquez’s 2015 Fall NYFW show were seen with copper metallic eyes and fresh, dewy complexions. Since then, the look has gone mainstream and can be seen all over NYC. Hourglass’s Modernist Earth Tone palate picks up copper tones that you can blend yourself www.hourglasscosmetics.com
Copper is one of the trickier colors to wear but you can see in this video just how easy it is to rock this look! I love copper and I have not only eye shadows, but eye pencils and lipsticks in the color. (Of course I do not wear them all at the same time!) I have the exact same palette that is listed above and I love it!
For centuries, copper has been shown to ease arthritis, improve circulation and relieve fatigue and studies show that trace amounts of copper from medicinal bracelets can rub off on skin to deliver joint relief.
In addition to their health benefits, these earthy tone bracelets have made recent fashion statements with Southwest style amplifying the naturalistic approach to accessories. www.maganetjewlerystore.com
When looking for copper jewelry, you need to know what to look for. You don’t want ‘plated’ jewelry. SOLID jewelry will give you relief that you seek. Should you not need any therapeutic benefits, then go for the plated copper jewelry but note that it will wear off.
From bar carts and Moscow mule cups to coffee table trays, high-polished to rustic, copper is the go-to accent metal du jour. Top interior decorators are using copper to bring a natural, but polished look into a home through accent pieces. You can find items for the kitchen that work better in copper and last longer than stainless steel. (Reviewed.com article) The biggest drawback– a hefty price tag depending on the product!
From bar carts and Moscow mule cups to coffee table trays, high-polished to rustic, copper is the go-to accent metal du jour. Top interior decorators are using copper to bring a natural, but polished look into a home through accent pieces. Be inspired to updated you home with copper touches at www.brit.co/copper-home-decor/
This is just a “taste” of what you can find in copper. Google up your favorite topics or subjects and find what you are looking for.
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