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What is Co-Enzyme Q10? Skincare ingredients explained!

What is Co-Enzyme Q10? Skincare ingredients explained!

Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an important nutrient for skin health. It is an oil soluble, vitamin-like compound that is naturally produced by the body. However, as we age, our bodies produce less and less CoQ10. Help that body out by incorporating Q10 in your skincare routine.

What happens with less Q10 in the body?

Reduced Q10 production can lead to a number of skincare complaints, including reduced skin elasticity, increased wrinkles, and a decrease in the production of new skin cells. CoQ10 is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. It can also help to repair the skin barrier, keeping moisture in and preventing environmental toxins from causing further damage.

Co-enzyme Q10 has also been shown to improve skin elasticity. This is due to its role in energy production and antioxidant protection. Additionally, CoQ10 may help to prevent the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Most importantly, CoQ10 helps to repair damage to the skin barrier and improve its overall function.

Why is a strong skin barrier important?

The skin barrier is a thin layer of lipids, or fats, that helps to keep moisture in and prevent environmental toxins from causing damage. The skin barrier is like a brick and mortar wall. The bricks are the lipids and the mortar is the protein that holds everything together. This analogy is helpful in understanding how important it is to have a strong skin barrier. Just like a brick and mortar wall, if there are gaps in the barrier, pollutants can enter and cause damage. 

Where do I find Co-Enzyme Q10 in skincare?

If you are looking to improve your skin health, consider adding Co-enzyme Q10 to your skincare routine. To get started with a Co-enzyme Q10 skincare routine, look for products that contain this ingredient, ideally in a formulation intended for daytime use. If you live in a city, Q10 is a powerhouse ingredient to shield you from environmental pollutants. It helps protect the skin barrier and prevents oxidative stress to your skin cells. Start by using a small amount of product on skin prior to make-up and SPF application. If you experience any irritation, discontinue use immediately. Some skin types can have reactions to Q10, so it is best to patch test the product before daily use.

PRO TIP | If Q10 is listed below common preservatives such as phenoxyethonol or after fragrance, it likely is in a very low concentration

There are a number of topical products on the market that claim to contain CoQ10, but it is important to choose one that contains a high concentration of this important nutrient. A product with a lower concentration may not be as effective in reducing wrinkles or repairing the skin barrier.

PRO TIP | Q10 is a bright yellow to orange oil-soluble substance. If your lotion or cream is white, it is likely to have a low concentration of Q10.

Why might you find a low concentration of Q10 in a product? Like many active ingredients in skincare, it is expensive to add into a formulation, and also is well known to consumers as a quality ingredient. Many manufacturers get away with adding very negligible amounts in their product.

What skin types should use Q10?

Co-enzyme Q10 is suitable for all skin types. If you have sensitive skin, it is always best to patch test any new product before applying it to your face. We highly recommend this product for mature skin, and for clients living in urban areas. Because elastin and collagen production are aided by Q10, it is a perfect addition to a routine that includes retinol, retinoids or other collagen boosting actives.

Is Q10 in skincare pregnancy safe?

There is no definitive answer as CoQ10 has not been extensively studied in pregnant women. However, because it is a nutrient that is naturally occurring in the body, it is largely considered safe for pregnant women in topical application. Q10 supplements however are not recommended during pregnancy.

What products does Stoic Beauty offer with Q10?

We are currently in pre-launch of Eos Morning Mist featuring Q10.

Starting your day with a morning mist is a great way to complete your skincare routine. Our mist features high quality Q10 as well as gentle polyhydroxy acids. These ingredients work together to hydrate and nourish your skin, giving you a healthy glow that lasts all day long. Plus, our mist is light and refreshing, making it the perfect way to wake up in the morning. With a gentle tangerine fragrance, if you are going caffeine free it'll uplift you without that morning espresso!

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