According to the best science of a decade or 2 ago, cleansing and moisturizing was probably all you needed to maintain healthy looking skin. In the intervening time, Clinically tested Skin Science and knowledge has risen exponentially, leading to the rise of many effective products or ‘SkinCeuticals’ that can repair, regenerate and detox skin cells from the inside out.
While most of us look to outsourced anti-aging ingredients like retinol and vitamin c, we often forget about those ingredients that are bodies produce naturally that are quite effective in the battle to delay the signs of aging. For beautiful, glowing-with-health and vibrant skin, preservation of these natural anti-aging ingredients prevents the breakdown of the all important elastin-collagen matrix of skin. This dermal layer is basically the foundation and framework keeping your skin from thinning and sagging. The unstable molecules produced via sun exposure, pollution, poor diet, lack of adequate H2O, smoking and toxins in skin care and makeup can essentially devastate this matrix, causing premature aging.
Today we’ll discuss how scientific research has proven CoQ10 (Conenzyme Q10 or Ubiquinone), to be one of the best known natural skin energizers that protects, energizes and repairs the elastin-collagen matrix superior to any other known antioxidant.
CoQ10 as a Biomarker of Aging
CoQ10 is a naturally produced compound in our body which protects our cells from environmental and internal (ie; smoking, poor diet etc) damage. Present in every human cell (in the mitochondria) in the body, CoQ10 supports a great number of biological functions. In fact, enzyme is necessary in the production of 95% of the body’s energy. The CoQ10 present in the superficial layer of the skin (stratum corneum) helps protect the deeper layers from oxidative (aging) damage.
Oxidative damage or free radicals interfere with normal cell functioning and CoQ10 destroys these free radicals, along with harmful bacteria and toxins, helping skin stay strong & healthy. So it is that CoQ10 strengthens dermal cells, enabling them to withstand oxidative stress and to grow and repair themselves.
CoQ10 levels peak between the ages of 20-30, one of the primary reasons women of this age are at their most stunningly vibrant as adults during this period. After age 30 CoQ10 levels begin to gradually decline. As a result of this fact, the skin become increasingly less able to fight back when exposed to toxins and stress. Free radicals exposure breaks down the elastin-collagen matrix, causing a loss of elasticity. This accelerates wrinkle formation, fine lines and sagging skin. Every one of these issues have been linked to a decrease in optimum levels of CoQ10 in the skin.
The Effects of ‘Low Level’ of CoQ10
After your 30s, low levels of CoQ10 can have the following effects on your skin:
- Skin Discoloration due to UV Exposure and increased Melanin Production.
- Significant increase in Wrinkles and Microrelief (Fine) Lines.
- Loss of Skin Firmness (Sagging) and Thinning Skin Layers.
- Reduced Protection from Environmental Stressors.
- Reduced Skin Moisture Holding Capacity and Skin Dryness.
- Appearance of Crow’s Feet and discoloration around the eyes.
- Rough Scaly Skin.
According to research, maintaining optimum levels of CoQ10 for 12 weeks helps reduce these signs of Aging, helping repair the skin and counters sun damage.
Topical Application of CoQ10 on Skin
CoQ10 can be naturally extracted from sources such as Vegetables (Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower), Oils (Sesame and Soybean) and Fruits (Oranges and Strawberries). When formulated into a serum format, CoQ10 is readily absorbed deep into the dermal layers and helps in rebuilding the collagen-elastin matrix. Being lipid (fat) soluble in nature, the effectiveness of CoQ10 is significantly increased when applied concurrently with Vitamin E.
Regular topical replenishment of CoQ10 not only protects our skin from short term UV ray exposure, but also long term anti-aging effects. The benefits of CoQ10 along with the benefits of Clinically Proven Skin Peptides and Vitamins, makes our PVO BioScience Peptide Complex an ideal therapeutic treatment as a daily anti-aging skin care regimen.