Coenzyme Q10 occurs naturally in the body, with the highest levels found in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.
It helps produce energy in cells by creating the antioxidant adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is involved in the transfer of energy in cells and serves as an antioxidant to protect cells from oxidative stress.
As you age, the body produces less of it, but you can also get it from supplements or food.
7 benefits of using Coenzyme Q10 for the skin
Although the naturally occurring Coenzyme Q10 can be absorbed for energy production, this composition also has a beneficial effect on the skin. In terms of skin care, Coenzyme Q10 is commonly used in toners, moisturizers and creams.
Here are 7 of its skin benefits:
1. Supports cell activity:
This energy is needed to repair damaged skin.
Contributes to the health of active skin cells. They, in turn, get rid of toxins more easily and can better use nutrients.
When the skin becomes red, all of these processes slow down, resulting in lifeless and pale, wrinkled skin.
2. Reduces damage caused by sun exposure:
Skin is damaged by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, which provide a source of free radicals that can damage cells' DNA.
CoQ10's powerful antioxidant function helps protect the skin at a molecular level from the harmful effects of the sun and from damage caused by free radicals.
3. Evens skin tone:
Coenzyme Q10 works by blocking tyrosinase, which helps produce melanin. This means that Coemzyme Q10 can help fade and prevent dark spots.
4. Stimulates the production of collagen and elastin:
Coenzyme Q10 supports the body's ability to produce collagen and elastin.
5. Nourishes skin cells:
More active skin cells means healthier skin cells. Adding CoQ10 to your skin care regimen can allow your cells to better utilize other nutrients, resulting in healthier skin overall.
6. Helps Reduce Free Radical Damage:
Because CoQ10 supports cell activity, this means that cells can be more efficient at removing toxins such as free radicals and repairing the damage they cause.
7. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines:
Due to its ability to produce collagen and elastin on its own, Coenzyme Q10 can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
How to use different cosmetic products that have Coenzyme Q10 in their composition?
Before applying any of the products listed below, it is good to clean your face with a micellar water that is suitable for your skin type.
After cleansing your face, use a toner. It has the ability to prepare the skin for better absorption of products with Coenzyme Q10.
Serum: Apply Coenzyme Q10 serum to face and neck. This product will be more concentrated and aims to provide intensive benefits to the skin.
Cream: After the serum, apply a moisturizing cream with Coenzyme Q10. This product will lock in moisture and provide additional benefits to the skin.
Sunscreen: If you go out in the sun, always use a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF to protect your skin from sun damage.
Night cream (as needed): If you use a product with CoQ10 at night, apply it after the serum, before going to bed.
Side effects of using Coenzyme Q10
Although cosmetics with Coenzyme Q10 are suitable for any skin type, this does not mean that you should use them if you have any skin disease.
As for the side effects of taking it in supplement form, they are usually mild.
Some people may experience upset stomach or burning in the throat.
But before using it as a supplement consult a doctor.