Question: 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 … Continue Reading… →
Question: There is five foot shelf of CoQ10 products in my vitamin store and I have also seen it on the label of moisturizers and serums. What is it and should I being using it? And if yes, what form should I buy?
Answer: This seemingly simple question has a complicated answer. Let’s start with the easy part. CoQ 10 is similar to a vitamin and is a powerful antioxidant. It is made by the body and is essential for providing energy to the cells. As with so many self made substances, the levels drop both as we age and in health problems such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, some cancers, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease.
The assocition between lower levels of CoQ10 and health issues have led to the study of the benefits of CoQ … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. Menopause is more than just the end of your period, much more. This amazing site has the health, diet and fitness info you need to deal with these changes. This time of life can radically alter metabolism. I’ve always had to count calories and could only stare enviously as my skinny friends ate anything they wanted. Menopause now has made us equals. Formerly trim friends now have to learn new ways of eating to keep their weight down– and Menopause Makeover offers the tools they need.
And when you’ve explored Menopause Makeovers ( try her Noble Prize worthy recipe for low carb,high protein waffles), check out a new beauty book by one of the most respected dermtologists in the world. Dr Neil Sadick … Continue Reading… →
Sometimes anti-aging ingredients and skin care product descriptions sound like a review sheet for a medical board exam. This week questions about two anti-aging ingredients sent me to Pub Med, the NIH online medical library for the answers.
Question 1– What is Idebenone?
This is a synthetic antioxidant that is designed to mimic CoQ10, a naturally occurring oxidant found in our cells. (FYI CoQ10 which is responsible for energy, decreases as we get older). Idebenone is an especially powerful antioxidant, perhaps the most powerful antioxidant in our anti-aging arsenal. Antioxidants in general help prevent aging by dealing with free radicals in the cells. Our biggest sources of free radicals are cigarette smoke, alcohol and sunlight. It certainly makes sense to put antioxidnts into a sunscreen where it can do hand to hand combat with … Continue Reading… →