CoQ10 - Like a Vitamin Supplement for Your Skin
Coenzyme Q10 is known as a heart-healthy supplement, and now word is getting out about coQ10’s high-energy benefits for skin, too.
You’ve probably seen coenzyme Q10 in the supplements aisle and heard about its superpowers to protect cells against oxidative damage and promote heart health. Stop in any department store or drugstore, and you’ll spot coQ10 in the beauty aisle, too.
Skincare gurus have grabbed on to coQ10’s benefits in a big way. And coQ10 is such a powerful, proven ingredient that we’ve infused our newest skincare products with it.
Used topically, coQ10 can help keep your skin looking young by counteracting environmental damage that leads to premature dullness, dryness, fine lines and elasticity loss. Starting a coQ10 regimen in your 20s is one of the best time and self-care investments you can make—but never fear, skin at any age can reap the benefits of this powerful ingredient, both in the short term and over time.
What Is CoQ10?
Coenzyme Q10, or ubiquinone (you-BIK-kwi-none), is a naturally golden-hued nutrient that helps to promote cellular energy production and protect cells from harmful environmental stress. Your body produces it naturally, and it appears in the highest concentrations in organs that require the most energy, such as the heart and kidneys.
Ingesting coQ10 does wonderful things for your cells—studies have shown it can improve energy and boost your immune system—but most of its benefits are felt inside your body, not on your skin.
In addition, as we age, our bodies’ natural coQ10 levels decrease dramatically—up to 65 percent. Decreased levels of this powerful antioxidant can lead to a decrease in your skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin, and to protect itself from UV radiation and other sources of free radical damage.