Like we discussed before, copper is an essential trace mineral that provides benefits both inside the body and to the skin. We discussed how drinking water from a copper bottle could be beneficial from within your body, but it is also has soothing and healing properties when applied directly to the skin.
Copper can help heal acne lesions because of its role in proper wound healing. It has been shown to increase skin cell division and tissue remodeling among other roles. It has even been used successfully in cases of severe burn trauma in children (reference). Wound dressings infused with copper significantly increased the rate of healing (reference).
Copper also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, but is well tolerated by humans. This means that copper can be a safe and gentle way to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. In June 2015, Shende et al. found that copper could kill up to 70% of P. acnes bacterial.
Copper is also shown to reduce inflammation. For instance, it is an essential component of the antioxidant Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). When applied to the skin, it soothes inflammation reducing redness and swelling.
The benefits of copper for skin are gaining popularity. You may have heard of products containing copper peptides, which is just copper attached to a protein. These creams and serums can sell from between $50 to $100 an ounce. A much easier and less expensive way to harness the benefits of copper is to make your own colloidal copper solution through the Ayurveda method of storing water within a copper vessel.
- Fill your copper vessel with filtered room temperature water and allow to sit for 8-16 hours.
- Transfer copper water to a clean misting bottle or other storage bottle that has a lid.
- Apply as a refreshing mist, make-up setting spray, or as a toner. I like to splash my face with some of my copper water first thing in the morning before I drink the rest of the bottle.
To add a pleasant scent and additional benefits to your colloidal copper water try adding rosewater, witch hazel distillate, or aloe vera.
Enjoy! Comment below if you have tried this. I want to hear how you like it!