You’ll see it written a variety of ways: CoQ10, Co-Q10, Coenzyme Q10, but it’s all referring to the same thing… CoQ10 is an enzyme that’s produced naturally in the human body. It’s found in every cell and tissue, which may explain why it’s also sometimes referred to as ubiquinone. CoQ10 is involved in a variety of biological functions, including energy production, fighting free radicals, and keeping the cells in the skin and inside the body healthy.
Young bodies have the ability to produce all the CoQ10 needed. However, as we age, the natural levels of CoQ10 in our skin decline. That weakens our skin cells ability to regenerate and withstand stressors. The decline in CoQ10 is so consistent from person to person, that it’s even used in science as a biological age marker. Once you get to 30 and beyond, the levels of CoQ10 in the skin drop below optimal. With a lack of CoQ10, your skin has a lessened ability to produce elastin and collagen. Elastin is important because it gives your skin flexibility, while collagen makes your skin firm. Reduced elastin and collagen causes wrinkles and sagging.
Thankfully, you can boost those CoQ10 levels, thus boosting your collagen and elastin, with topical anti-aging creams that contain CoQ10. It also acts as a strong antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals (read more about antioxidants and free radicals here), which are another major cause of aging.
Let’s break down a few reasons you should be including CoQ10 in your skincare if you’re trying to fight the effects of aging.
It can energize your skin.Young skin has plenty of CoQ10 and so has plenty of energy, meaning the energy that is needed to repair skin damage and keep the skin cells healthy.
It protects your skin against photo-aging.That’s the premature aging from your skin being overexposed to the sun. While you can’t avoid the sun altogether (nor should you) it’s true that the sun is the faster skin ager.
CoQ10 can rejuvenate the skin by stimulating cellular activity. Active skin cells make better use of nutrients, and can get rid of toxins easier. When your skin gets older, all of these processes start to slow down, causing dull and wrinkled skin. Boost your skin cell activity and you’ll get younger looking skin.
It can stimulate collagen production. As mentioned above, collagen is what gives healthy skin it’s firmness. More collagen is a good thing, and CoQ10 can help your skin kick-up your collagen production!
CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant. We all know that damage is done by UV rays, pollution, and stress, and that this leads to premature aging of the skin. CoQ10 fights the effects of these environmental factors by fighting the free radicals they create.