Step up your Pro-Aging Routine with CoQ10
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10 for short, is a naturally produced bodily enzyme and one of the essential antioxidants. It is a cellular energizer and plays a vital role in clearing free radical build-up. It has also been linked to protection from cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions, age-related bone loss, metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and more.
CoQ10 also has a powerful Pro-Aging role in our skin. It naturally occurs in all cells in the human body, including the skin and the topmost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum. Its broad spectrum of benefits for the skin stems from its powerful ability to protect cell membranes and mitochondrial DNA from oxidative stress.
Benefits CoQ10 has for the skin include the following:
- Replenish skin cells and energize cell activity.
- Reduce sun damage.
- Even out skin tone.
- Stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Reduce damage to free radicals
According to board-certified dermatologist Lisa Pruett, MD, FAAS, CoQ10 works similarly to another powerhouse ingredient, Vitamin C. “The most common antioxidant applied topically for its anti-aging effect in the US is Vitamin C based, but CoQ10 has also shown to use the same pathway to neutralize free radicals,” says Pruett.
CoQ10 also blocks the enzyme tyrosinase, which contributes to the production of pigment. Blocking this enzyme could help fade or even prevent dark spots. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0006295219301509
Similarly to collagen, our bodies make less CoQ10 as we age. Deficiencies in CoQ10 make it harder to retain moisture which can contribute to wrinkles, decreased elasticity, and dryness. The lack of moisture can make you look older than you are. In addition, your body does not store CoQ10, so continual supplementation is essential to protect and energize your aging cells.
How to replenish CoQ10
There are two ways to replenish CoQ10: oral supplementation and topically, as found in Vitali's Moisturizer. Supplements come in two forms, ubiquinone, and ubiquinol. Ubiquinol is the most abundant form in your body; it is fat-soluble and the most easily absorbed. In addition, it is generally more potent and bioavailable than ubiquinone, the other form of CoQ10, which needs to be converted to ubiquinol in the body.
While there is no established minimum or maximum effective dose for supplementing with CoQ10, Dr. Suzanne Turner, founder of Vine Medical Associates and Specialist in Cellular, Longevity, and Performance Medicine, recommends between 100-200 mg daily.
There is significant research on how topical application of CoQ10 can also improve mitochondrial function in the skin. https://sci-hub.ru/10.1002/biof.5520320129
CoQ10 topical application has been proven to increase its presence both on the surface layer of the skin and deeper into the skin tissue. As a result, it aids in hydration, helps even out skin tone, improves the appearance of fine lines, replenishes skin cells, and more. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4737275/
Vitali Restoracell’s Skin Awakening Moisturizer is the perfect way to topically add CoQ10 to your skin. In addition to Copper Peptides (GHK-Cu), CoQ10 is among other Pro-Aging ingredients in the Moisturizer, including Seaweed Extract, Sea Buckthorn, and Jojoba Seed Oil.