CoQ10 or Vitamin Q10 plays an important role in making skin look younger. As such, it is a vital component of our BioScience Peptide Complex serum. CoQ10 encourages collagen synthesis, diminishes signs of aging skin and neutralizes free radicals.
What is CoQ10?
CoQ10 (Ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 or Vitamin Q10) is a naturally produced, fat-soluble compound which is indispensable for the life and health of every living cell. Its main role is to neutralize toxic free radicals in skin cells. Free radicals are the primary reason for skin aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, blemishes and skin sensitivity. A younger individual produces the correct amount of Ubiquinone as it requires. However as time moves on (including other factors such as stress and environmental pollution), the ability of dermal cells to produce CoQ10 declines rapidly after 30s.
Using CoQ10 to Benefit Skin
Aging of the skin is chronological, and is primarily attributed to reduced cell turnover rate and the breaking away of collagen-elastin matrix that holds the skin structure together. In other words, reduced levels of collagen and elastin biosynthesis, also reduces the quality and the quantity of the supportive fibers that keeps the skin elastic, supple and plump.
Modern skin science extensively utilizes the benefits of CoQ10 for its antioxidative and anti-aging characteristics. On an Ayurvedic level, here are some of the benefits of CoQ10 that balance the three Ayurvedic doshas:
1. Reduces Crow’s Feet
Crow’s feet are fine lines or wrinkles that etch themselves in the corners of the eyes. Crow’s feet are quite pronounced in appearance and often look deeper than other fine lines and wrinkles on the face. This is because this area of the face has the thinnest layer of skin and lacks oil glands. Aging and sun exposure are important contributors that rapidly enhance the appearance of these lines. Due to the ability of CoQ10 to promote collagen synthesis naturally, it reconstructs the inner layer of the skin around the eyes and reduces the appearance of crow’s feet.
2. Corrects Hyperpigmentation & Dark Spots
There are many underlying factors such as melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, certain medications and endocrine diseases that can cause deregulated pigmentation or increased melanin synthesis. In clinical studies, CoQ10 has similar effects as Vitamin C in the reduction of hyperpigmentation and dark spots, especially those caused by photo-aging. Inhibition of tyrosinase activity is the primary reason for CoQ10’s ability as an effective skin lightening agent.
3. Tightens and Firms Skin
Lifestyle choices and genetics ages the skin. The protective factors in CoQ10 can slow down the process of aging and promote healthier, younger looking skin. As discussed above, deficiency of CoQ10 causes the skin to wrinkle and sag. When applied topically in the form of serum, CoQ10 penetrates deeply and contributes to the skin’s ability to produce more collagen and elastin, much like younger skin. Over time, visible results of skin is repair are evident, and the skin feels much tighter, firm and lifted.
4. Protects Skin from UV Radiation
According to studies, CoQ10 protects the cells from UV oxidative stress. When exposed to maximum sunlight, CoQ10 protects adult fibroblast cells and minimize the effects of photoaging. It also significantly reduces IL-1 alpha production induced by UVA and UVB to a level much lower than the basal levels, which in turn protects the cells from UV induced inflammations and sunburn. Unlike sunscreen and other antioxidant topical ointments, CoQ10 actually has much long-lasting effects to protect the skin from sun damage.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging treatment that truly produces long-lasting results, seek out a natural formula that contains CoQ10 as one of the primary ingredients. Also, make sure you choose a formula that has no toxic ingredients. which slow down the powerful detoxification abilities of CoQ10.
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