Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Coenzyme Q10

I had a client at college ask me about Q10 and I didn't know much about it, so i thought i would do some research and here's what I found.

What does Coenzyme Q10 do for your skin? Is it helpful at all? How often should it be used? Have people seen results from continuous use of the product?

CoQ10 is found in all skins but it depletes with age, which is due to free radicals, UV rays and the aging we can’t stop. The CoQ10 is an antioxidant which helps neutralize harmful free radicals (such as pollution in the air, smoking, alcohol, UV rays, etc) When your skin has low levels of CoQ10, it can be more prone to free radical damage therefore producing premature aging.

There are 5 ways in which CoQ10 can benefit your skin. Firstly, it energizes your skin and this energy is needed to repair your skin and make sure the skin cells are healthy. Secondly, it protects against photo aging (over exposed of UV rays) as the sun is known as the fastest skin ager. Thirdly, it rejuvenates skin by stimulating skin cell activity which will rid of toxins in the skin. This process slows down as you get older. Fourthly, it stimulates collagen production which is needed due to the loss of collagen causing wrinkles and leathery skin. Fifthly, it is an antioxidant as I mentioned before protecting against free radicals which causes premature aging

A German researcher conducted a study in 1999 and reported that long time use reduced the crows feet around the eyes. Tiny particles of CoQ10 can be added to facial lotions and night creams, look for Coenzyme Q10 on the back of products which looking for a lotion or night cream. But always remember that a big factor in aging is the sun so protect your skin from the sun everyday but applying sunscreen to your face and exposed areas and reapplying throughout the day.

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