We’re well aware of the importance of antioxidants for the skin and while this one may have a strange name, CoQ10 is a vitamin-like, fat soluble substance that occurs naturally in the body and has powerful antioxidant benefits. It protects the cell and is a component of our body's production of energy. CoQ10 helps to protect against skin aging free radicals and, therefore, helps to slow down and prevent premature aging.
Also known as ubiquinone, CoQ10, like collagen, naturally depletes as we age due to a variety of factors, including, but not limited to lifestyle, diet, and the environment in which we live in. CoQ10 reaches maximum levels in your twenties and then starts to decrease as you get into your thirties and beyond. This is why it’s so important to supplement with this important antioxidant through your skin care products and your diet.
In this article we’ll talk more about the wonderful skin benefits of this excellent ingredient, as well as ways you can easily incorporate it into your daily ritual.
How can CoQ10 help my skin?
Since the body starts to produce less and less CoQ10 as we age, supplementing becomes of utmost importance!
CoQ10 helps the skin in five major ways:
- Energizes the skin - Energy is needed to repair damage and keep skin cells healthy.
- Protects against photo-aging - The sun is responsible for aging the skin the fastest, making it important to use protection.
- Stimulates collagen production - Wrinkles, fine lines, moisture in the skin, and leathery skin texture can all be reduced by increased collagen production.
- Rejuvenates skin - Aging skin causes slower skin cell processes. Slow skin cells are less able to get rid of harmful toxins which can cause dull, aged skin.
- Combats oxidative damage with powerful antioxidants - Toxins, stress, pollution, and the sun’s UV rays are all responsible for oxidation in the skin aka aging. This may even lead to diseases.
What are the benefits of topical application of CoQ10?
While you may think all you need is to purchase a CoQ10 supplement to start to see results (we’ll talk more about this later on) the reality is that a combination of topical application as well as supplementing it in your diet is what you need to truly allow transformation to take place. Studies have shown that topically applied CoQ10 may have an effect on the appearance of wrinkles, reduce UV damage, stimulate collagen production, and help prevent skin damage. Along with antioxidant properties, CoQ10 also has fantastic anti-inflammatory properties to help soothe inflammatory conditions and reduce redness in the skin. When you apply CoQ10 topically by using skin care products infused with it, it penetrates the living layer of skin cells and can help to reverse or slow the depth of your wrinkles, according to an article on The Possible Health Benefits Of CoQ10 by Roland Stocker, Ph.D., of the University of New South Wales in Australia.
The sun’s UV rays are the enemy when it comes to not only increasing your risk of skin cancer, but also for causing ultraviolet damage that can result in photoaging symptoms such as hyperpigmentation and sagging skin. CoQ10 helps to neutralize the free radicals responsible for this and can help to actually reverse some of the damage that may have already occurred. Ultimately though, prevention is better than cure so be sure to start adding this excellent ingredient into your routine sooner rather than later.
CoQ10 has a positive impact on oxidative aging, which is when the levels of antioxidants in the body are not high enough to counteract the damaging effects wreaked by free radicals. Not only does this dramatically accelerate the aging process, it also increases the body’s risk of disease.
Because CoQ10 is such a powerful antioxidant, it can help to increase the skin’s antioxidant content and stop the damaging effects of free radicals in its tracks.
While supplementing CoQ20 in your diet certainly has its own list of benefits, when it comes to your skin you need to apply it topically to see visible results.
CoQ10 and your lifestyle
Eating the right foods, has a direct impact not only on our health or how we feel, but on the state of our skin too. It is, therefore, only natural that you’ll be wondering how you can sneak CoQ10 into your diet.
If you’re a meat eater you may find it easier to get this antioxidant in through food, because CoQ10 is naturally found in high levels in organ meats such as kidney, heart and liver, as well as in beef and fish including sardines and mackerel.
This doesn’t mean that if you’re a vegetarian or vegan that you can’t get CoQ10 in through your diet though! The good news is that veggies like spinach, cauliflower and broccoli are rich sources of this antioxidant, as well as legumes such as soybeans and peanuts.
It’s rare to be deficient in CoQ10, however we still recommend ensuring you follow a balanced diet filled with plant-based foods to ensure you maintain healthy levels of it in your body. If you’re looking for a delicious vegan recipe idea that is packed in CoQ10 and will ignite your taste buds with flavor then you can’t go wrong with this mouth watering lentil and mushroom shepherd’s pie.
Dr. Jonny Bowden states, in his book “The Most Effective Natural Cures On Earth” that anyone over the age of 40 should take at least 60 to 100 mg of CoQ10 every day, regardless of whether or not you have a family history of heart disease, as it helps to maintain healthy blood pressure and keeps your heart healthy and functioning as it should, therefore decreasing your risk of heart attack and stroke. If you do suffer from high blood pressure or cholesterol or have a family history of heart disease then we recommend talking to your doctor about going on a higher dose, as diet alone may not be enough. Fortunately there are vegan supplement options available.
How can I start using CoQ10?
At this point you are likely eager to start using CoQ10 so you can begin to see the results for yourself!
Because CoQ10 helps to prevent extrinsic aging, it’s actually excellent to use at any age.
You can find CoQ10 in our Rose Serum, which not only has an absolutely heavenly rose scent, it also contains antioxidant rich rosehip, pomegranate and evening primrose oils, along with nourishing and aromatic rose extract. This luxurious and potent oil will help provide deep cellular nourishment, prevent moisture loss, stimulate collagen production, and promote a youthful glow. This beautiful antioxidant serum is a rose moisturizer that is ideal for those battling dry skin or looking to help prevent premature aging.
You can also find it in our Night Balm and Night Treatment. Our Night Balm contains an array of skin loving ingredients including skin brightening Vitamin C, which works with CoQ10 to boost collagen production, while prickly pear helps to nourish and repair.
Our Night Treatment includes wonderfully soothing chamomile as well as sea buckthorn, one of the best anti-inflammatory ingredients around! Our CoQ10 is also vegan and non-GMO, so you never have to worry about harmful ingredients that can put your skin or your health at risk.