It has become pretty common to hear about “new” ingredients being touted as the next big thing in skincare. Some earn their place in the list of “holy grail skincare ingredients” while the rest fade into obscurity. One such ingredient that has been steadily gaining popularity is the Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) also known as Ubiquinone.
What is Coenzyme Q10?
CoQ10, for short, is a fat-soluble antioxidant that is present in every cell in our body and plays a vital role in cellular energy production. It also has plenty of health benefits such as neutralizing free radicals, safeguarding cells from oxidative stress, as well as minimizing the risk of developing chronic diseases. You can find CoQ10 in some foods like fatty fish, organ meat (liver, kidney, etc.), oranges, and broccolis. Supplements are also available on the market to make sure you’re getting enough of this nutrient.
What are the skincare benefits of CoQ10?
Aside from getting CoQ10 from foods and supplements, applying it topically also provides a lot of benefits to the skin which is why it is often found as one of the key ingredients in skincare products. Here are some of the skincare benefits Coenzyme Q10 provides:
Promotes production of collagen and elastin.
CoQ10 helps promote collagen production, a protein that’s responsible for cell regeneration and maintaining skin’s elasticity.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Topical application of CoQ10 usually in the form of moisturizers, serums, and eye creams have proven to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Minimizes sun damage
As a potent antioxidant, CoQ10 can help protect the skin from photoaging (wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, basically skin damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun).
Promotes even skin tone
If you have hyperpigmentation, age spots, or acne scars, a skincare product that contains CoQ10 may just be what you need! Studies have shown that Coenzyme Q10 has the potential to lighten dark spots and even out skin tone by preventing tyrosinase (an enzyme that is responsible for creating pigment) from producing excess melanin.
Aside from protecting the skin from premature aging due to prolonged sun exposure, CoQ10 can also reduce inflammation caused by UV Radiation.
What are the side effects of CoQ10 in skin care?
CoQ10 is generally safe for all skin types when applied topically. But it’s always a good idea to approach it with caution especially if you have specific skin conditions like vitiligo . When trying out new products or skincare ingredients, it’s best to do a patch test first. Better yet, consult your esthetician as they can advise you on how you can incorporate CoQ10 into your skincare routine.
Spalina Skincare’s Restorative Algae Creme with CQ10
Looking for a product that will soothe your dry, sensitive skin? Spalina Skincare’s Restorative Algae Creme with CQ10 is clinically tested to reduce redness and inflammation, increase hydration levels, and fade fine lines and wrinkles. It contains Vitamins A, C, and E that will make your skin feel good and look good. Spalina Skincare’s Restorative Algae Creme with CQ10 has become a favorite among Spalina Skincare clients since its launching last November. It’s also an amazing cream for any post-treatment (especially microneedling)!