SKIN SCOOP: CoQ 10 & The War Against Wrinkles & Aging Skin!
As we all strive for younger looking skin, every so often we search for that panacea that will render the desired results. In the last few years, this panacea in the form of CoQ 10 has been all the rage in the fight against wrinkles and aging skin!
What is CoQ 10?
CoQ 10, a.k.a. ubiquinone is an enzyme produced naturally in the body and found in every cell and tissue of the body. Its major biological functions include:
- Creating energy in the mitochondria of every cell
- Acting as an antioxidant to combat free radicals that cause skin damage and disease
- Keeping cells on the inside and outside of the body and the skin young and healthy
When we are young, the body creates as much CoQ 10 as it needs; however, as we age and as stress increases, the body’s ability to produce CoQ 10 decreases. This causes a decline in cell renewal and the body’s ability to fight stress on the inside and outside. It is so connected to aging that CoQ 10 is considered a biomarker for aging.
How Does CoQ 10 Benefit Skin?
CoQ 10 plays a major role in helping skin appear younger, and the amount the body produces declines as we age. In fact, most women over the age of 30 have less than optimal levels of CoQ 10 in the skin. This decline in CoQ 10 reduces the ability to create collagen and elastin. Collagen keeps skin firm and elastin keeps it flexible. As these decline, wrinkles and sagging skin occur. In addition, with less CoQ 10 the skin has less antioxidants to defend against damage causing free radicals and the risk for skin cancer increases. Yikes!!
What is the Best Application of CoQ 10 to Fight Wrinkles & Aging Skin?
Using topical anti-aging products containing CoQ 10 have the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin to provide antioxidants and assist in creating collagen and elastin, and fight signs of aging. CoQ 10 applied topically to the skin has been shown to reduce oxidative damage caused by UV Rays.
A study was performed by 24 scientists over 7 months using a sample set of 82 people using CoQ 10 topically in skin care products twice per day. The results concluded that applying it twice per day significantly increased the amount of CoQ 10 found in the skin cells. Not only did it replenish CoQ 10 in the skin but in the metabolized form as well proving it is absorbed via the skin.
Before applying a product with CoQ 10 topically, be sure to wash and dry face thoroughly. Apply the cream or serum to the skin using the fingertips and gently massage it into the skin. Apply in the morning and evening as part of a daily skin regimen.
In addition to topical treatment, supplements are available, as well as food such as
- Chicken, pork and beef
- Spinach, cauliflower and broccoli
- Oranges and strawberries
- Soybeans, lentils and peanuts
- Soybean and canola oil
Where Can I Find Organic Skin Care Products Containing CoQ 10?
Timeless Organics Skin Care created a full line of skin care products that are organic and free of artificial ingredients. Their team of skin care experts created a few products in the anti-aging line containing CoQ 10 and they include:
Click the above links to learn more about Timeless Organics Skin Care in general, as well as the specific CoQ 10 containing products to help reduce wrinkles and reverse the signs of aging skin. It is a constant battle, and with weapons such as CoQ 10 in our skin care arsenal, we have a better chance at winning the war against aging skin!