CoQ10 Helps The Skin By Acting As A Strong Antioxidant.
Coenzyme Q10 – The Regenerator
Once you get past the name – Coenzyme Q10 sounds more like something you’d find in a super villain’s weapons arsenal than in your face cream – you discover a powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in younger looking skin. Pow! Take that wrinkles! (Sorry, couldn’t resist). When used topically in skin care formulations such as, Joanna Vargas Daily Hydrating Cream, it can repair and regenerate the skin by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating healthy collagen production to lift and firm slack skin.
What Is Coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q is an antioxidant that exists in every cell of your body. It is a vital component of many biological functions, including, helping to produce energy, neutralizing free radicals, and keeping cells healthy. In a nutshell, an antioxidant is a compound that protects the cells in your body from damage and Coenzyme Q10 takes care of business. The level of coenzyme Q10 in the skin continues to rise from childhood to adulthood, peaks at 20 to 30 years of age and then gradually diminishes as we age. In the skin, coenzyme Q10 helps to protect the skin from damage caused by ultraviolet light – damage in the form of, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity a.k.a. sagging skin.
How Does It Benefit Your Skin?
Most women over thirty have less than optimum levels of Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) in the skin. The lack of CoQ10 results in a diminished ability to produce collagen and elastin, and we know about the powers of this dynamic duo – collagen brings the firmness while elastin is holding it down in the flexibility department, providing that ‘snap back’ you see in younger skin. Once these two start to lose their powers, you see wrinkles and sagging. CoQ10 in skin care treatments can penetrate deeply and help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin while neutralizing the free radical damage that can weaken them. The other major benefit is sun protection. CoQ10 helps to prevent cellular damage caused by ultraviolet A energy waves, which in addition to the damage that contributes to wrinkles, also causes skin discoloration and some forms of skin cancer. CoQ10 doesn’t absorb the energy like a sunscreen but instead, acts like a cellular shield, boosting the effectiveness of the active ingredients in sunscreen. How cool is CoQ10? Now, with the advances in nanotechnology, the practice of creating extremely small particles of a nutrient that has the same potency as regular size molecules, skin care products are able to deliver more coQ10 to the middle layers of skin, where healthy living cells that are thirsty for the antioxidant are located.
How To Get It
Coenzyme Q10 is found in a variety of skin care preparations – moisturizers, serums and lotions are some of the most common. Oral supplements in conjunction with topical products have been shown to boost the level of CoQ10 more than with just topical treatments alone, but as always talk to your health care professional before taking any new supplements, about possible interactions or side effects.
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