Well, you guys, I’ve put off anti-aging products as long as I could still reasonably lie to myself about not needing them. Technically, collagen production starts to decline after 25, but now that I’ve just celebrated my 30th birthday, it’s time to start being a little more proactive about anti-aging!
I’ve been using this serum for about two months, which means that, while it’s certainly long enough for me to talk about it, it’s not really long enough for me to see any visible, long-term skin improvements. This is especially true since I’m using it as prophylaxis.
If you’re interested in anti-aging, and that affordable price point caught your eye, then let’s talk about The Ordinary’s Buffet + Copper Peptides.
The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides Review
The regular Buffet serum is already a beautiful smorgasbord of skin-loving peptides, amino acids, and hydrators. The big difference here is the addition of 1 percent GHK-Cu or copper peptides. I know 1 percent doesn’t sound like much, but it’s plenty to see benefits!
Copper peptides are having a big moment recently. Not only do they add a pretty blue tint to any skincare you put them in (I’m a sucker for the fun factor), but they have several studies showing that they can provide extra benefits to your hair and skin.
Deciem doesn’t claim any special benefits for hair, but in case you’re curious, some studies have shown that copper peptides can help promote hair growth and preserve hair color. (YMMV on whether or not this means the serum could worsen any peach fuzz you have. It didn’t for me!)
For skin, Deciem claims that this serum can support collagen synthesis and reduce the look of static and dynamic wrinkles.
Who can benefit from this serum?
Truthfully, any adult with any skin type could benefit from this serum!
Who should skip this serum?
Teenagers won’t get any great benefits from this serum, and anyone sensitive to any of the ingredients should obviously skip it.
If you’re using prescription topicals, ask your derm before you add this serum to your routine to be sure there aren’t any interactions.
Where to add this serum into your routine
It’s best to use this serum right after cleansing. Deciem says that you can use it AM and PM, but I would recommend starting with just once a day application at first.
The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides Ingredients
Here’s the full list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Pentapeptide-18, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Trehalose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Urea, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
Here’s the full CosDNA analysis.
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Honestly, there are a lot of noteworthy ingredients here. The true star that sets this serum apart from the regular Buffet is the addition of 1 percent of copper tripeptide-1 or GHK-Cu.
In addition to the copper peptides, there are also 11 amino acids, several other peptide complexes, and a probiotic complex. When you factor in the presence of hyaluronic acid and glycerin, this whole formula is pretty dreamy.
Potential Red Flags
There aren’t any major red flags in terms of irritants, but be sure to scan the ingredients list to make sure you’re not allergic to anything!
Also, if you have skin conditions like eczema or malassezia, make sure that the ferments in this serum won’t trigger a flare-up.
How The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides Performs
The serum is thin, lightweight, and not sticky. It doesn’t have a strong, coppery scent, which I appreciate. Truthfully, aside from the blue tint, it’s a pretty bland product in terms of scent and texture. Very average. I’m okay with that though because I’m happy to get my skintertainment elsewhere. I just want that long-term anti-aging!
I’ve seen some reviewers say that this serum has made their skin look plump, refreshed, and amazing after just a few weeks of daily use. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people! I do have a pretty extensive skincare routine already, so that could be why I haven’t seen dramatic, short-term results. I have noticed that my skin is generally less prone to redness, so I’m going to attribute that to my serum use.
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I can say that this serum hasn’t broken me out, clogged my pores, or pilled under any of my morning skincare and makeup (liquid and powder!). I currently use it twice a day, and I’m also happy to report that you don’t need much. About half a dropper is plenty for my face and neck, so this bottle is going to last quite a while.
I have a pretty stubborn furrow between my brows that just randomly showed up around the time I turned 25, so I’m watching to see if this serum helps to soften that out over time. For me, this will be the true test of efficacy!
Overall, I think this is a great intro to copper peptide skincare. I had been curious about the NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS), but the price point was a bit steep when I had no idea whether or not my skin would even like copper peptides. Even though I don’t have any dramatically positive results to share with you guys after a couple of months of use, it’s important to remember that anti-aging is something that takes a long time to show visible results.
So, would I recommend this serum? Yes! It’s extremely affordable, well-formulated, and able to benefit just about anybody. I plan to keep using it for the long haul, and when I finish it, I may upgrade to the CAIS to compare.
Have you tried the Buffet + Copper Peptides serum yet? How do you feel about it?