The Skin Care Benefits Of Coenzym Q10
Coenzyme Q10, also called CoQ10, ubiquinone,
or ubidecarenone, began appearing in skin care products in 1990s and early
2000s, which makes it a relative newcomer to the cosmetics industry. While manufacturers already know that coenzyme Q10 is super valuable ingredient, its future seems even more
promising. Not familiar with all the benefits of this CoQ10? Read
on to find more about them.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vitamin-like
substance which our bodies produce naturally. It is critical for performing some
of the basic cell functions and for sustaining
our general health.
While young bodies are able to produce
enough coenzyme Q10 to cover their needs, as we age the synthesis of CoQ10
slows down, therefore its levels drop down drastically. CoQ10 production reaches
its peak in our twenties, but it starts deteriorating soon after we turn 30. Scientists
believe that CoQ10 deficiency contributes to the aging process and certain health
It’s important to note that apart from
taking supplements, coenzyme Q10 can be replenished to a certain degree through your diet,
since it is naturally present in a wide variety of foods. High amounts of CoQ10
can be found in liver, kidneys, and heart, as well as soy oil, peanuts, sardines,
As far as its beauty benefits are
concerned, CoQ10 is most effective when applied topically. With virtually no
negative side-effects, CoQ10 is the magic bullet we have all been looking for.
Why Do We Use
CoQ10 in Skin Care?
Moisturizing creams, masks, serums, sunscreens,
and all other kinds of cosmetic products today contain CoQ10. Why? Because it
does it all – from preventing skin damage to reversing the damage already done.
Slows Down Intrinsic Aging
Intrinsic aging is a natural process that
affects all of us, and even though we can’t stop it, we can definitely slow it
Collagen and elastin, the structural
proteins that keep our skin firm and tight, gradually deteriorate as we grow
older. The decline in the production of coenzyme Q10 is one of the reasons why
these proteins stop “doing their job”.
Here is where coenzyme Q10 steps in. Products
that contain Q10 reduce the degradation of collagen and elastin, keeping your
skin youthful, firm and toned. Thanks to the small size of its molecules, when
applied topically, CoQ10 penetrates into the dermal (inner) layer with ease, where
it helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin.
Several studies conducted in the past 5
years confirmed that regular use of coenzyme Q10 enriched products may contribute
to the reduction of fine wrinkles and expression lines around the eyes and mouth.
Note: Concentration of coenzyme Q10 below 0.5% are considered too low,
hence not effective. If you want to indeed benefit from CoQ10, make sure that
whenever you are buying skin care products, coenzyme Q10 is among the first
ingredients on the ingredient list.
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La Mav’s advanced age-fighting serum
formulated with CoEnzyme Q10 and Vitamin E will protect your skin from free
radicals and daily rigors, keeping your skin healthy and youthful. Eight bio-active organic flower nectars
including Rose, Ylang Ylang and Neroli provide dry and dehydrated skin a
powerful shield to lock moisture in and restore glowing softness,
comfort and radiance while Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids boost skin tone and
Prevents Extrinsic Aging
Extrinsic aging is, for the most part, a consequence of our lifestyle choices and/or triggered by exposure to external factors that damage our cells. Thanks to its antioxidant properties, Q10 has
the ability to prevent premature aging, keeping your skin youthful for longer.
For example – when you use sunscreen enriched with coenzyme Q10, this will not only help strengthen the skin but
also will reduce the negative effects free radicals have on the skin cells,
therefore will prevent photoaging. If you are not familiar with the term, photoaging
refers to skin damage caused by excessive exposure to sun. UV light reduces the
levels of antioxidants in our skin, and sadly, CoQ10 is among the first ones to
disappear. When the levels of antioxidants drop, our skin becomes rough, blotchy,
wrinkled, and discoloured.
There are numerous studies showing that
CoQ10, when applied topically, may favor the conservation of certain
components in the epidermis – components that protect the skin against damage
induced by sunlight exposure. The interesting thing is that coenzyme Q10 does
not absorb UV rays, like ordinary sunscreens do, but acts more like a cellular
shield. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Let’s talk numbers for a bit, shall we? In a trail,
which involved 41 women with photo-damaged skin, aged 30-65, the
following results were observed, after six weeks of using 1.0% solution of
– 26% reduction in skin roughness/dryness
– 37% increase in skin hydration
– 29% reduction in fine lines/wrinkles
– 33% improvement in overall appearance of
The numbers speak for themselves.
of CoQ10 in the Cosmetics Industry
There are many on-going studies that
indicate that CoQ10 will play an even more important role in the beauty
industry, in the next 10 years. New formulas are constantly being developed in
order to improve the absorption of Q10 after application and to enhance its
action. Researchers are looking for ways to combine Q10 with other antioxidants,
which will boost its protective and reparative effects on the skin. The future seems bright, doesn’t it?
Have you ever used any products that contained CoQ10? What is your experience? Tell us in the comments below – we’d love to hear your story.
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