CoQ10, Part 2– Amazing Skin Benefits

CoQ10 questionQuestion:   Can CoQ10 really help my skin or is it just  another  inflated promise?

Answer: CoQ10 is a vitamin like nutrient that is naturally found in the body. With  strong antioxidant  and anti-inflammatory powers,  its sad but  true that  its levels drop with age and illness.  To promote health and healing there  is a great interest in using it as an oral supplement. It  is equally intirguing in skin care.

CoQ10 and Your Skin

This mighty  substance is on the short list  of ingredients tht can actually be absorbed into the skin.  Studies have show that it  is  a sunscreen on steroids.  Unlike tradtional sun protection chemicals, it does not absorb UV rays but acts as a cellular shield to actually boost the value of  a sunscreen. But wait, there is more. It  prevents the production of collagenase, the body’s natural  collagen disrupter.   Less collagenase= less wrinkles.  CoQ10 also spurs the production of fibroblasts which are the building blocks of collagen. And I am not finished.  It inhibits the production  of a precurser  of melanin.  Thin means  it  can be  useful as a  skin brightener.

Making CoQ10 Work For You

CoQ10 is fat soluable which means it works best in a rich, slightly greasy environment.  If you are like me and  have oily or acne prone skin,  CoQ10 is not  the right ingredient for your face.  Alone  it won’t hurt your skin, but  to be effective, it needs to be in a rich base which can trigger breakouts.:(

As with so  many potentially  effective ingredients,  the value of a product depends on the formulation.  Cosmetic chemists recommend that a skin care product contain at least .5% of CoQ10 to be effective.  Sadly the FDA does not  consider CoQ10 an ‘active” ingredient and manufacturers are not  required to  list  the concentration on the label.   If you like a moisturizer or sunscreen,  you can write brand and ask about the CoQ10 levels.

An easier and   much less expensive approach  is to make your own  turbo powered CoQ10 skin care product. Empty 3, 30mg CoQ10 capsules into one tablespoon of an inexpensive  rich cream with Aquaphor, CeraVe or even old fashioned cold cream and stir until  dissolved.  It will be a distinctly yellow color  which  you will not want to use on your face during the day , but provides a powerful night cream after a day in the sun.  After a day of  hiking or lounging at the beach, I  shower, then use this yellow  wonder everywhere except my face. ( If you have dry skin you can use it everywhere) It  has the potential to undo  the impact of UV rays  which are responsible for   up to 80% of what   we see as skin aging.  If you live in a sunny climate like Arizona or California,  this can be beneficial year round.

In short, CoQ10 is definately one of the good guys.

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