Everyone’s Talking About CoQ10, but What Is It?
You've probably already heard of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) as a supplement and skincare ingredient. But despite all the accounts you’ve heard, promising better skin and health, you're still not entirely sure what it actually is and the benefits it offers.
If this sounds like you, you're in the right place. This post explains why supplement and skincare brands, like ours, use CoQ10 and why it's essential for the body.
What Is CoQ10 And Why Is It Beneficial?
CoQ10 is a compound made in your mitochondria, the powerhouses of your cells. These tiny organelles are responsible for converting the food you eat and the air you breathe into secondary compounds that provide the energy for your body's tissues to function.
CoQ10 is an input in the process that produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy source for practically every cell in the body.
CoQ10 levels are usually at their peak when you are younger but they deplete over time, which has the effect of feeling sluggish and your skin looking less than its best. When your mitochondria have insufficient levels of the compound, they can't make as much of the ATP that provides you with energy, and this sends pro-ageing signals to skin cells.
While growing older is the primary cause of depletion in CoQ10 production, many other factors contribute to it. These include mitochondrial disease, genetic defects, and nutritional deficiencies (such as insufficient B6). Some people can also experience CoQ10 declines as a side effect of statin use (medications that lower blood cholesterol). Fortunately, you can enhance the levels of CoQ10 in the skin simply by using it as part of your skincare routine.
The Benefits of CoQ10 for the Skin
CoQ10 benefits your skin through multiple mechanisms. Skincare brands like to use CoQ10 in their formulations because of evidence that it protects the skin from poor diets, hormone imbalances and UV. Research, for instance, shows that using CoQ10 on your skin reduces oxidative stress following exposure to sunlight. It may even be able to reduce the depth of wrinkles.
CoQ10 also enhances the quality of skin in general. Evidence, for instance, suggests that it may be able to even skin tone, giving your complexion a more consistent, matte finish. Studies show that it encourages skin cells to increase their production of elastin and collagen, two naturally occurring compounds that help to keep skin supple, soft and youthful. CoQ10 may even be able to replenish old skin cells, clearing them out of the dermis to make room for non-dysfunctional replacements, reducing overall skin inflammation.
Because CoQ10 is fundamental to energy production and the health of cells, it offers many more benefits besides those listed here. In general, you can think of it as a regenerative compound, helping your cells behave more youthfully. And science is still discovering the potential benefits.
How To Use CoQ10
If you want to include CoQ10 in your skincare regime, the best way to do so is to use our Age Defying Resveratrol CoQ10 Night Repair Cream before you go to bed. Simply cleanse your face and neck thoroughly, apply a toner and then apply the night cream evenly to your face. In addition to CoQ10, our Age Defying cream also includes goji glycopeptides to uplift and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
CoQ10 is a great ingredient to include in your skincare regime. Whether you’re younger or more mature, CoQ10 can help protect and revitalise your skin.