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.