Skin Care CoQ10 Supplements

Skin Care A Beauty Expert Uses CoQ10 Supplements,

For the full explanation of the coenzyme, you’ll want to check our full guide to CoQ10. But a brief overview is this: CoQ10 is a fat-soluble antioxidant found in every cell of your body. It comes in two forms—ubiquinone and ubiquinol (the active form)—and your body produces it naturally, although your levels do drop as you get older.

It has a laundry list of roles it plays in the body when taken orally, but for my purposes (read: I’m a beauty gal and love writing about skin care), I’m a fan thanks to the roles it plays in skin cell health:

1. Encourages cellular energy.

In wellness circles, CoQ10 is perhaps most famous for its role in mitochondrial function, as it provides the little powerhouses with the tools they need.* As a reminder: Mitochondria are the organelles in your cells that facilitate cellular energy production from the nutrition we consume. Every single one of your cells needs energy to properly function, and every single mitochondria requires ubiquinol to function.* 

This includes important skin cells like fibroblasts (which make collagen) and keratinocytes (which make keratin). However, as CoQ10 decreases with age, so does mitochondrial activity and energy formation.* As you can imagine, this poses a problem for our natural levels of collagen, elastin, and the like. Ubiquinol CoQ10 is clinically shown to increase CoQ10 levels in the body on day one and beyond.* Further, ubiquinol is more bioavailable than the ubiquinone CoQ10 form.

2. Neutralizes oxidative stress.

Listen: One of the best ways to help your skin as you age is to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress occurs when harmful molecules called free radicals build up and surpass the level of antioxidants, which are the tools your cells use to fight free radicals. (Basically, your body’s natural defense becomes outnumbered.) When this happens, so does skin breakdown.

Like other antioxidants, ubiquinol helps your body deal with these free radicals head-on.* It also protects against lipid peroxidation, a process by which free radicals damage cell membranes.* To top it off, CoQ10 protects the membranes of mitochondria and regenerates other antioxidants, like vitamins C and E—both of which are just as important for healthy skin.

3. Smooths fine lines & wrinkles.

Thanks to a combo of the above, and its potent antioxidant properties: CoQ10 can make your skin look g-o-o-d.* See, your skin is bombarded with environmental stressors every day. And exposure accounts for a majority of skin aging. If you want to get serious about skin longevity, you need to protect your skin from pollutants, UV exposure, and so on. One major tool you can use is antioxidants.* In fact, one study found that CoQ10 supplements reduce wrinkles and lines while enhancing skin smoothness.

The takeaway.

With growing awareness of internal skin health, more and more people are paying attention to the impact of cellular beauty. Notably, how you can encourage skin longevity with the right proactive steps, like smart supplementation.* Well, I’m right there with you.*If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications, consult with your doctor before starting a supplement routine. It is always optimal to consult with a health care provider when considering what supplements are right for you.

Alexandra Englermbg Beauty Director