What Can Coenzyme Q 10 Do For Your Skin?
Coenzyme Q 10, (generally referred to as CoQ10) also known as ubiquinone, is an antioxidant found in the body, which produces biological energy inside the cells. You may have read about its role in the treatment of heart disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, but in the past few years, it has become a popular ingredient in anti-aging skin care. CoQ10 acts as a powerful free-radical scavenger, helping to guard against environmental damage known to cause fine lines and wrinkles, such as UVA and UVB radiation, cigarette smoke and air pollution.
While CoQ10 naturally occurs in the body, various factors such as stress and aging affect its production. It is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging since there is a direct correlation with its decline and the aging process. Most people over 30 have less than optimal levels, which results in a decreased ability to produce collagen and elastin. In fact, CoQ10-depleted skin may be more vulnerable to free-radical damage, and free-radicals are more plentiful in skin exposed to the elements. Ubiquinone is effective in skin care as it is a small molecule that can penetrate skin cells relatively easily, reaching the lower levels of the dermis.
It is important to keep in mind that products listing ubiquinone or CoQ10 among the ingredients must be stored properly in closed containers (air-tight pumps or capsules) and kept away from harsh light or direct sunlight. Much like Vitamin C, CoQ10 can be rendered inactive by exposure to oxygen. Products containing CoQ10 are considered safe for all skin types; although anyone with a known sensitivity should avoid ubiquinone and its synthetic derivatives, idebenone or idebenol.
Now that you know what CoQ10 can do for your skin, you are likely wondering in which skin care products you can find it. Whether you choose CoQ10 (which may also be listed as ubiquinone) or the synthetic derivatives idebenone or idebenol is really a matter of personal preference. As with any product you add to your skin care regimen, you may need to experiment to discover what works best for you. Following are a few recommendations to get you started.