Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme that is naturally produced in the body, and has antioxidant properties. A coenzyme is a substance vital in the body’s making of new cells. As we age, we produce less CoQ10 and so having it in our skincare can help replenish this supply.
By upping your levels of CoQ10 using skincare, you can keep your skin youthful and your skin tone even. CoQ10’s antioxidant benefits mean it also aids with protecting your skin against environmental factors like sun damage and pollution.
Use CoQ10 for…
• Evening skin tone
• Reducing effects of sun damage
• Improving skin hydration
• Preventing fine lines
Where can I use Coenzyme Q10 in my skincare routine?
You can incorporate CoQ10 in a few different places in your skincare routine. It’s a very easy ingredient to introduce as it’s gentle and shouldn't irritate sensitive skin types.
It’s common to find CoQ10 in moisturisers and eye creams as it can help keep skin hydrated and prevent fine lines, so complements these products well. This works great for drier skin types, but if your skin is more oily, try a CoQ10 toner to get the benefits in a lighter formula.
You can also find Q10 in some sunscreens, so this is another option for including it.
What to look for on product labels…
Coenzyme Q10 is often advertised on product labels as just ‘Q10’. It’s getting easier to spot too, as brands are making more and more product lines built around this active, so they are clearly marked as Q10 formulas.
If you want to get the full benefit of this ingredient, it’s a good call to go with skincare products advertised as CoQ10 formulas, and which have this ingredient high up their list.