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The Ordinary ‘Buffet’ Serum Adds a New Ingredient To Knock Out Several Skin-Care Worries at Once

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Skin care is science. And with all the acids, masks, peels, and moisturizers, it’s daunting (and expensive) to navigate without the help of a dermatologist. Before you add another step to your routine, meet The Ordinary Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% Serum ($28), a one-stop-shop for all-things skin care. This powerful product packs almost everything your skin craves into single product.

A riff off the original award-winning Buffet serum, this version adds copper peptides to an already impressive mix. Copper peptides form naturally in the body to serve as the building blocks for proteins that help activate pathways to change the way the body functions, explains Caren Campbell, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in San Francisco. They're having a moment in beauty community thanks to the way they stimulate skin renewal and hair growth.


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The Ordinary — Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% — $28.00

This serious serum is a one-stop shop for all your skin-care needs.

"[Copper peptides] help prevent and treat aging by helping to build the building blocks of youthful skin: collagen, elastin, proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans," says Dr. Campbell. "They fight aging by have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which prevent free radical damage that breaks up the building blocks of the skin."

Layer these metallic molecules on top of the Buffet’s all-start ingredient list, and you’ve got yourself one serum to do it all. The other ingredients are still working hard, too. Glycerin acts as a humectant to retain moisture. Amino acids strengthen the skin and protect against free radicals. And the peptide blend Matrixyl softens lines.

“[The Buffet] contains probiotics which are proven to be powerful agents for balancing the microbiome, or the organisms that live on our skin,” says Dr. Campbell. “It also contains hyaluronic acid, one of the most moisturizing ingredients we can put on our skin as it pulls 1000 times its weight in water.”

While you can spend big bucks on each and every one of these ingredients separately, The Buffet + Copper Peptides is priced at $28. And, instead of having to put all of those products on one at a time, the serum does the work for you in one fell swoop, making it as simple as skin care can get.

Take it from me, a skin-care amateur who loves a short and sweet routine. I use mine at night before I go to bed, squeezing a dropper full of the blue liquid onto my fingertips before pressing it onto my clean skin. It’s lightweight and quick drying, my only complaint being that it is just a bit tacky. But once dried and paired with a moisturizer, particularly one with hyaluronic acid, any stickiness fades away.

Skin care is science, but it doesn't have to be complicated. The Buffet + Copper Peptides 1% takes all the difficulty out of your daily routine. Dr. Campbell says it's safe for all skin types and is safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding, unlike some other skincare products like retinoids. From adding hydration to reducing hyperpigmentation, this serious serum knocks out all your worries in one sitting.

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