A pillow that can clear wrinkles
Researchers have developed a copper oxide pillow case, with tests showing those who used it for four weeks had fewer lines and wrinkles than those using conventional bedding.
Clinical trials, supervised by a dermatologist, were carried out on 57 volunteers for four weeks, with the volunteers either given an anti-wrinkle pillow, which feels no different for normal fabric, or a similar conventional pillow.
By the end of the trial, those sleeping on the copper pillows were statistically more likely to have less wrinkles.
Jeffrey Gabbay, the owner of the Cupron company, which used its expertise in making copper medical dressings to develop the pillow case, said: "The surgeon doing our wound-healing trial remarked how an increase in collagen was helping to heal wounds. We wondered if it might work on fixing wrinkles and lines on the face. So we had some copper woven pillows made up and noticed that over a few days of lying on a cooper pillow lines on the face started to soften."
He added: "It has been the most fantastic discover. The fabric has an impact on all lines but is best at ironing out the finer lines."
The researchers believe moisture from the skin releases copper ions from the pillow cases which stimulate the production of collagen below the surface of the skin.
The company has so far sold about 10,000 pillow cases online in the
A range of accessories including copper gloves and eye shields are also available.
Copper's antimicrobial properties have been known for more than five millennia. The ancient Egyptians used copper pipes to transport water to destroy parasites and other water-borne pathogens. Shipbuilders have used copper for thousands of years to keep algae from encrusting on the hulls of ships. French vintners have used a copper sulfate compound to fight fungus on grapevines for hundreds of years. Cupron's technology now makes it possible to use these powerful and wide-ranging antimicrobial properties in new ways.
Cupron's technological breakthrough is based on:
THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNIQUES TO BOND A COPPER OXIDE COMPOUND
AND OTHER METALLIC COMPOUNDS TO A
FIBERS. RANGE OF TEXTILE
Cupron's manufacturing technology permanently binds its proprietary copper compound to textile fibers, non-woven fabrics, paper, latex and other polymeric products. While highly sophisticated, implementation of this technology does not involve complicated or hazardous manufacturing methods. And best of all, the protection offered by Cupron-based products will last as long as the products themselves, regardless of multiple hot water washings, abrasion or bleach.
The Power of Copper
Cupron utilizes the qualities of copper and binds copper to textile fibers, allowing the production of woven, knitted and non-woven fabrics containing copper-impregnated fibers with the antimicrobial protection against microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that attack Cupron fibers.
Similarly, copper may be integrated into latex and other polymeric products during manufacturing.
These copper-impregnated products possess broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties against microbes that threaten to degrade and damage Cupron fibers and that cause foul odors.
Cupron technology is useful in linens, carpeting, bedding, apparel, and medical devices. Implementation of even a few of the possible applications of this antimicrobial technology may have a major effect on the quality of our fabrics and our lives.