What are the secrets of keeping your skin looking fresh and healthy as we travel through the years? CoQ10 is a beauty ingredient like no other. Created directly in your cells, it internally provides your skin with the support it needs to help protect against damage that can cause skin degradation and aging.
We’ve rounded up nearly everything you need to know about CoQ10 including what this special vitamin is and what it can do for your skin.
What is CoQ10?
The first thing we need to understand is that a coenzyme is an important particle that’s in all cells in the body, which helps other enzymes function efficiently.
Coenzyme Q10, or more often referred to as CoQ10, is a powerful antioxidant which our bodies depend on. CoQ10 is highly present in all our cells when we are young, but it can decrease as we grow older. Various factors including aging and stress can cause production of CoQ10 to slow down and it’s this decline that is regarded as one of the most accurate biomarkers of aging.
What does CoQ10 do for your skin?
CoQ10’s main purpose is to neutralize free radicals. A by-product of the energy-production process within cells, free radicals are unpaired electrons that try to connect to other electrons, and in the process can damage important cells in our body, and in effect contribute to skin aging.
CoQ10 helps make energy for your skin cells, which makes your skin cells work better and stay younger. As our levels of CoQ10 are depleted with age they are less able to control free radicals and the body is less able to produce collagen and elastin, which in turn can lead to wrinkled, sallow, and less firm skin. An increase in CoQ10 can help with the production of both, as well as stimulate cell activity in general.
Active skin cells can also rid themselves of toxins more efficiently and make the best use of nutrients, resulting in healthier skin which shows on the outside.
What happens to your skin when you increase CoQ10?
Increasing CoQ10 levels internally can make a real difference and can enhance skin appearance. This can have an energizing, protecting, stimulating and rejuvenating effect on the skin, and in turn, can makes our skin look younger.
Additionally, CoQ10 plays a significant role in helping to protect our cells and mitochondria from internal and external free radical associated cell damage. As CoQ10 is present in our cells and mitochondria already, supporting healthy skin is as easy as keeping the levels of it up.
How to up your levels of CoQ10
There are two ways to do this, from the inside and from the outside. By supplementing with CoQ10 and using a skincare product that contains CoQ10, you can provide a double punch of cellular rejuvenation.
CoQ10 is exclusively produced in the body by the mitochondria and essential for our . But the CoQ10 found in ordinary supplements is often too large to enter the mitochondria with its double membrane.
Luckily, due to some breakthrough technology, scientists have found a way to get CoQ10 into the mitochondria. By reducing the size and bonding with a positively charged ion, the CoQ10 becomes Mitoquinol Mesylate. Which can penetrate the mitochondrial wall up to 1000 times more effectively than any other CoQ10 supplement.
Mitoquinol Mesylate is MitoQ’s world-first form of CoQ10 designed to support mitochondrial function and help the defense of free radical damage internally. This supports the skin’s water-retention properties, fibrous tissues and healthy growth of new cells, leaving it rejuvenated, hydrated and energized.
By empowering our mitochondria, our cells may start to act like they did when we were younger, and the damage caused by free radicals may be slowed.
Where can I get Mitoquinol?
All MitoQ supplements contain our multi-patented form of the antioxidant CoQ10, Mitoquinol Mesylate, that gets inside the mitochondria hundreds of times more effectively than any other form of CoQ10 available, helping to support optimal energy production and protect cells internally.
Designed specifically to support skin health are the unique supplements MitoQ Skin Support Complex and MitoQ Skin Protection Complex.
MitoQ Skin Support Complex: supports and nourishes all three layers of the skin, helping skin cells thrive from the inside out. A unique combination of healthy skin-promoting ingredients, mitoquinol, collagen, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, to improve firmness, hydration and a healthy, radiant appearance.
MitoQ Skin Protection Complex: supports the skin’s natural protection against environmental factors, supports normal skin pigment production and maintains a glowing, healthy complexion. This supplement combines mitoquinol with polypodium, Pycnogenol® and astaxanthin which are all designed to help skin thrive from the inside out.
And there is an added benefit, unlike other skin supplements on the market, not only do MitoQ skin supplements benefit your skin health, they benefit the health of all your body’s cells. So, in addition to their direct skin benefits, by helping you maintain overall organ health, you’re further supporting healthy skin.
By empowering our mitochondria, our cells may start to act like they did when we were younger, and the damage caused by aging may be slowed.
Reviewed by William Stow/ BSc (Hons), MitoQ Chief Science Officer