Let's face it, we are all keen to slow down the signs of ageing as much as possible! Well did you know that CoQ10 is an important antioxidant which can help keep our skin looking youthful for longer! Read on to find out why this little enzyme is so important, and how you can get more of it in your body!
Every now and then I come across an amazing ingredient in some of these natural skincare products that I just have to share with you all! Lately I've been doing some research into skincare and beauty products that contain the ingredient CoQ10. This may sound like a scientific term, but CoEnzyme Q10 is actually a natural antioxidant that is needed for basic cell function! Although CoQ10 is naturally produced in the body, it can also be found in beauty products help to reduce fine lines & age spots.
So what is CoQ10?
CoEnzyme Q10 is a naturally produced substance found in the body, it is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect your cells from the body's own free radicals which is one of the causes of ageing! A reduction in important antioxidants in the body is one of the major causes of ageing in the body. As we get older, level of CoQ10 decreases due to factors such as stress and ageing, which means the ability of cells to regenerate declines.* In fact, most women over 30 are below the optimal level of CoQ10 which can reduce the production of collagen in the body, which is essential for maintaining youthful looking skin!* To find out more about the importance of collagen, check out this blog post I wrote here! A lack of CoQ10 can also affect your body's ability to produce elastin which gives your skin flexibility, so this enzyme is important if you want to maintain beautiful, glowing skin!
What does CoQ10 do?
Collagen and elastin are essential for reducing the signs of ageing, so how does CoQ10 fit in? Free radicals are the enemy of collagen and elastin. To put it simply, it attacks them making them ineffective in the process of cell regeneration. As CoQ10 fights free radicals, it means that collagen and elastin can be protected, allowing them to help you maintain beautiful skin.** Studies have also shown that CoQ10 supplements can help treat health problems like Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure and heart failure. CoQ10 has also been used to aid eye disease, chest pain, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue and chemotherapy side effects in children, so it's a very important antioxidant our body needs!***
Why do we need skincare products with Q10?
As our Q10 levels decrease naturally with age, using products with a CoQ10 supplement can be very helpful with anti-ageing. Particularly for people over 30 (whose levels are below optimum), CoQ10 skincare can boost skin repair and regeneration, whilst reducing free radical damage. As Q10 is a very small molecule, it is easily penetrated into the skin.**** This means topical application of the antioxidant is an efficient way to give your body the CoQ10 it needs to keep the signs of ageing at bay!
What products do I recommend?
I am always on the look out of products containing CoQ10, here are some of my favourites:
100% Pure Vitamin A & CoQ10 Night Cream
This night cream from 100% Pure also includes Vitamin A and recommended to apply just before you go to sleep. It contains amazing natural ingredients like organic rosehip oil and vitamins A and C as well as Coenzyme Q10. These are formulated together to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin's firmness and lighten age spots on the face. CoQ10 is included for its incredible boosting ability that can help damaged skin, stimulate collagen and keep skin cells healthy. As you sleep this powerful night cream will sink deep into the skin and leave you looking moisturised and fresh. This cream is also all natural, vegan and gluten free, so great for even the most sensitive of skin types!
Andalou Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream
This night cream from Andalou uses powerful antioxidant ingredients to work on the skin's health and appearance overnight. It may stimulate circulation, slow cellular damage and leave you with healthier, younger looking skin. What is unique with this night cream is the inclusion of Resveratrol which is an ingredient that works to prevent cell damage and smooths fine lines. Formulated with hydrating cocoa butter and firming goji berries, this cream really packs a punch! Andalou products such as this one harness the power of Fruit Stem Cells which have unlimited potential with their ability to revitalise our skin. Clinical trials have shown the amazing benefits of products utilising Fruit Stem Cells: 87% of people saw overall improvement in skin tone and luminosity, 100% saw improvement in hydration, 62% saw a decrease in the number of fine lines and wrinkles, 50% saw a reduction in length and depth of lines and wrinkles and 87% saw improved elasticity of the skin. ***** Now those are results you can get excited about!
Lavera Basis Anti-Ageing Moisturising Cream Q10
This Lavera Q10 cream can be applied morning & nights after cleansing. This cream is ultra hydrating, soothing and works to regenerate the skin. Full of anti-ageing ingredients like organic jojoba oil, aloe vera and of course CoQ10, this is designed to reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen production and protect skin from free radical damage. Lavera Basis' Creams are also NaTrue certified natural, made only with the best plant-based ingredients and pure essential oils. So like everything we recommend and sell, this is totally free from hidden nasties such as petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances which can be more detrimental to your skin rather than helpful!
La Mav Lip Treatment
CoQ10 is not only useful for the skin on our faces, but also our lips! This organic lip treatment from La Mav contains CoEnzyme Q10 to regenerate the skin and reduce any unwanted fine lines. This luxurious lip treatment comes in a sheer Pink Colour which looks beautiful on the lips. It's also blended with pomegranate oil, vitamin E and sea buckthorn which may help protect us from free radicals and harsh UV rays!
(Source and references; */**** smartskincare.com; ** perriconemd.com; *** mitoq.com; ***** andalou.com)