It is well-known that healthy skin care is essential to preventing premature aging. While there are many benefits associated with drinking water from a copper pitcher, including healthy skin, did you know you can also use water from your copper pitcher externally as part of your skincare regime to treat and prevent acne? In this blog post, we discuss the research and science behind the soothing and healing properties of copper when applied to the skin and also share how to make your own colloidal copper facial mist easily at home.
Copper has been shown to increase skin cell division and tissue remodeling, which means that it is able to help heal acne lesions. In fact, a recent study explored infusing wound dressings (essentially bandages) with a copper solution and found an increased rate of healing which started in mere minutes.
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In addition, copper also has excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties, and can therefore be a safe and gentle way to inhibit acne-causing bacteria. In fact, a study conducted in 2015 found that copper was able to eliminate up to 70% of P. acnes bacteria. Copper is also proven to reduce skin inflammation. For instance, copper 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 skincare are becoming more popular and widely recognized. Creams and serums containing copper peptides (essentially copper attached to a protein) retail for upwards of a hundred dollars. Unfortunately, those creams often also contain chemicals that are not ideal for your skin. Fortunately, there is a simpler, healthier and more affordable way to experience the soothing and healing benefits of copper at home by making your own colloidal copper solution using a copper pitcher like ours.
What is a "colloidal solution", you might ask? A "colloid" is essentially a mixture in which one substance of microscopically dispersed insoluble particles is suspended throughout another substance. A colloidal copper solution can be created through the Ayurvedic practice of storing water in a copper pitcher for a period of 8 to 16 hours. When you store water in a copper pitcher, the water naturally and safely absorbs very small amounts of copper which are suspended evenly throughout the water.
To make your own colloidal copper facial mist, simply follow these simple steps:
- Fill your copper water pitcher with filtered room temperature water;
- Let the water sit in your copper pitcher for 8 to 16 hours;
- Pour the copper infused water into a clean misting bottle (preferably glass as plastic misting bottles can leach plastic into the solution); and
- Spritz the copper infused water on your face in the morning as a toner or make-up setting spray and throughout the day as a refreshing and hydrating mist.
- If you experience a breakout of acne, try spritzing your entire face with the solution on clean skin before bed.
To add a scent and additional benefits to the facial mist, try adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil such as tea tree or lavender which also have soothing and antimicrobial properties. Some even believe that there can be benefit to infusing such water with healing crystals, which has resulted in the increased popularity of crystal water bottles.