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Everything You Need to Know About Coenzyme Q10

By Alex Bryson - 11 months ago | Updated

When we imagine the future, we’re far more likely to picture sleek space shuttles than we are furrow-browed scientists methodically destroying items from a fridge. And yet that’s precisely where some of the most exciting discoveries take place, when items we thought we knew all too well surrender their surprising secrets.

Just take coenzyme Q10, a compound that your body produces to help generate energy within cells. By pinpointing which common foods and parts of the body store this unique enzyme, scientists have opened the door onto a whole new world of super-effective dermatological treatments.

So while robot butlers remain little more than a dream for now, we can at least console ourselves in the knowledge that our skin will look younger and healthier than it has any right to be.

What is it?

Coenzyme Q10 is pretty much essential when it comes to generating intracellular energy. It's basically the molecular equivalent of blasting out 'It's Raining Men' in a crowded room. Except instead of overenthusiastic dance moves and tonally suspect singing, what you're stimulating is the energy transfer between cells. This keeps everything running at optimal levels, which is why your body naturally produces and stores the enzyme of its own accord. Levels can, however, dip with age, making it a good idea to invest in either supplements or topical creams. And even if your skin remains relatively youthful, it's sometimes worth giving these natural processes a little nudge in the right direction.

Molecular structure of CoQ10

What are its benefits?

The enzyme is one of those all-round miracle remedies that seem to have a beneficial effect on just about anything. Not only does it protect cells from the oxidative damage that can lead to many different health issues, it's also been linked to improved exercise performance, reduced headaches, fertility increases and better heart health – which is quite something for a compound that most people haven't even heard of.

You can access all these benefits by taking supplements, but of more immediate interest to us are the enzyme's fantastic dermatological benefits. Applying it directly onto the skin can help reduce the damage sustained from internal and external agents, from hormonal imbalances to UV rays. In practise, your body's protective layer is simply being provided with the means of defending itself.

Research also displays a link between low coenzyme Q10 levels and the likelihood of developing skin cancer. Although physicians have not yet established a strong causal link, it would appear to tally up with a lot of what we know about the enzyme's natural properties.

Where is it found?

You'll find the compound in a wide array of foods, from organ meats to fatty fish and vegetables like spinach, cauliflower and broccoli. Pistachios, strawberries, soybeans and peanuts also rank as good sources of CoQ10, although we wouldn't imagine you'd much fancy smearing any of that across your face. It's just as well, then, that some of the world's leading skin care authorities have formulated the compound into targeted topical treatments...

DHC CoQ10 Quick Gel Brightening Moisture

DHC CoQ10 Quick Gel Brightening Moisture

This versatile primer is packed full of nurturing ingredients, from olive oil to collagen, daisy extract and vitamin C, all of which provide the perfect supporting cast to the star ingredient. In fact, such is the beneficial effect of the blend on your skin that it can just as easily be used as a hydrating mask treatment.

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The INKEY List Q10 Serum

The INKEY List Q10 Serum

A wonderfully straightforward formulation from the skin care specialists at The INKEY List, this is as matter of fact as the simple aesthetics indicate. It's simply there to elevate your CoQ10 levels and therefore promote a younger, healthier complexion. Not that the blend is bare bones, by any means. The addition of a dual peptide named Syn Taks supplies a fusion of collagen-boosting benefits, squalane and hyaluronic acid – exactly what's needed to lock in a truly enviable vibrancy.

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Indeed Labs Hydration Q10 Booster

Indeed Labs Hydration Q10 Booster

This exceptionally concentrated serum from Indeed Labs pulls together high-performing vitamins C and E to support its star ingredient of Coenzyme Q10. The result? A formula that nurtures skin, inhibits pigment production and evens out skin tone. By providing the building blocks for elastin and collagen, the blend can systematically bring about a more youthful, vitality-filled complexion.

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Here at Cosmetify we wade through the jargon to provide you with what's lighting up the world of skin care. And, thanks to its many dazzling benefits, Coenzyme Q10 certainly falls into that category. Discover what this hugely potent compound can do for the look and health of your skin.

Alex Bryson

Written by Alex Bryson

I write about everything and anything grooming or fragrance-related. If it smells expensive or has ‘for men’ tagged on the end, I’ve probably got an opinion on it.