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Co-enzyme Q10 {CoQ10}

Co-enzyme Q10 or COQ10


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Scientific Name: {Co-enzyme Q10}
Common Names:{Ubiquinone, Ubidecarenone, Co-enzyme Q, CoQ, Q10, CoQ10}

This vitamin goes by many names in the health community, including Ubiquinone and co-enzyme Q10. Though it has a fancy chemical name, it is naturally found in the body, most often in the mitochondria of cells, where it aids in energy production. It also plays a vital role in the growth of individual cells and the maintenance of young, healthy cells. Like all the best ingredients for skin, CoQ10 is also an antioxidant, which makes it great for replenishing the appearance of aging skin. Plus, it helps to eliminate the appearance of many photo-damage related signs of aging.

CoQ10 has some non-cosmetic applications. Though it is found naturally in most kinds of meat (as almost all animals use it to produce the energy their cells need), the extracted and concentrated form has a more powerful effect when taken as a supplement. Some have even lauded it for its cancer-fighting benefits, as the antioxidant power can seek out and neutralize cancer cells in some cases. It is also used to treat those with a heart condition or other illness related to poor energy production in muscle tissues.

When we are young, there is plenty of CoQ10 in our body; it is used to revitalize any harmed cells either by the sun or through nicks or scrapes. However, as we age, the cell’s ability to produce and utilize these vitamins begins to leach away, and the vitamin itself becomes scarce in our system. Our face cells are less able to regenerate properly, and this delay allows for blemishes, fine lines, and age spots to appear.

An application of CoQ10 can help combat these signs of aging by providing new energy to the skin cells. Because it is also an antioxidant, it contributes to round up free radicals before they can wreak havoc on your skin. When a product that contains CoQ10 is applied to the face, it delivers a vital link in the energy production and cell maintenance chain, which helps keep healthy cells looking healthy longer and plumps and boosts decaying cells' appearance.

This ingredient is often paired with other antioxidants to boost their combined power and to provide even greater skin-repairing benefits to users. It is important to use a packaged product in an airless pump bottle, as exposure to air can lessen the serum's effectiveness.

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Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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Benefits of Ubiquinone in Skin Care

CoQ10 – or coenzyme Q10 – has become a household name, widely used in oral supplement form to help fight aging via its potent antioxidant properties. This substance, also known as Ubiquinone, occurs naturally in foods like beef, liver, and spinach and is used by cells to synthesize energy. Scientists have long known that this vital coenzyme possesses the power to neutralize free radicals (which play a critical role in aging and developing diseases like cancer). Now it’s being credited with enhancing skin’s appearance as well.

Naturally, if you care about what goes into your skincare products, you want to know that this ingredient is safe. EWG – the Environmental Working Group – is an organization that uses scientific data to determine the safety of personal care product ingredients. EWG has given Ubiquinone a very low-risk rating in skincare products, meaning you can use it with confidence in your regular beauty routine.

CoQ10 and Aging

While the body can utilize Ubiquinone to produce the energy needed inside the cells, the decline of this substance in the body increases over time, aging robs the skin of elasticity due to decreased collagen production, resulting in thinning, sagging skin which becomes more prone to wrinkles. In turn, the lower CoQ10 levels in cells leave skin more vulnerable to these unsightly effects. Taking supplements orally is a smart move for anyone concerned with keeping this coenzyme at optimal body levels. Now Ubiquinone in skincare can help maintain smoother, more beautiful skin.

Multi-Level Protection

While including Ubiquinone in a skincare routine over the long term is useful for supporting collagen production and overall skin health, it’s also thought to protect skin from harmful sun damage. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 20% of Americans will experience skin cancer at some point in their lives. This is alarming and reflects the dangerous lack of awareness about how important it is to protect this vulnerable organ when spending time outside. Of course, the best skincare practice is to apply sunscreen every time you go outside. This is the most efficient line of defense against the risk of skin cancer and the development of fine lines and wrinkles. A chemical-free sunblock is a great option because it contains no harmful toxins or fillers and includes soothing, healthy ingredients that moisturize while providing protection. Adding Ubiquinone to your skincare regimen incorporates another layer of protection while equipping skin cells with a vital anti-aging component.

Combined Forces

CoQ10 is a potent ingredient in its right, and combining it with other ingredients can increase its effectiveness even more. Using a formula containing toning, tightening, and hydrating components, like our Stem Cell & EGF Fusion Serum, the skin’s true potential for beauty is brought within reach. Some of the nourishing, beauty-boosting ingredients included in our proprietary formula include:
  • Stem cells derived from apples – enhance skin’s tone, texture, and fullness.
  • EGF (epidermal growth factor) – encourages skin cell turnover for a consistently fresh look.
  • Shea Butter – Moisturizes and softens skin.

    These are just a few of the elements that make our Ubiquinone skincare formula one of the best anti-aging products available. For an even more complete beauty routine, add our Berry Cranberry Glycolic Scrub, which also contains CoQ10, along with other antioxidant-packed ingredients like blueberry, and Alpha Lipoic Acid for powerful exfoliation. Give your skin the boost it needs to appear firmer and more youthful with the cell-supporting power of Coenzyme Q10.

    Ubiquinone, otherwise known as CoQ10, can give your skin the beautiful, youthful glow it’s craving by supporting cell health and fighting the effects of aging.

    Sources:
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/wrinkles/in-depth/wrinkle-creams/art-20047463
    https://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/coq10.html
    https://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03367/Coenzyme-Q10-CoQ10.html
    https://www.livestrong.com/article/175625-q10-skin-benefits/
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