CoQ10 for Skin Health - Does It Really Work?

CoQ10, also known as coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone is a vitamin-like substance that can be found in all the cells of your body. Its main role in the body is to help in the production of energy.

It also possesses potent antioxidant properties which experts suspect might explain its reputation in slowing down the aging process.

It is a known fact that as you age, the levels of CoQ10 in your body decreases.

In our previous review, Benefits of Coenzyme Q10, we mentioned how important it is for practically everyone to take CoQ10.

It has proven health benefits for the heart and every part of the body.

In this article, we want to see if creams containing CoQ10 have any anti-aging effects on the skin...

Research Studies for Coenzyme Q10 for Skin Health

Many of the research studies were carried out on skin tissues. It is known that the antioxidants properties of CoQ10 help to reduce oxygen free radical damage to skin cells.

All antioxidants have the potential to do this. Damage done to the skin cells is the begining of the skin aging process.

An example of this would be exposing the skin to excessive amounts of sunlight.

Here are two of the many research papers that have been done to uncover the benefits effects of CoQ10 on skin health.

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So what does the results from these two studies really mean?

Interpretation of the Results from the Studies

In the first study, researchers showed that CoQ10 applied to skin cells protected them against death caused by highly reactive oxygen species (known as oxygen free radicals).

CoQ10 also stimulated the production of essential skin ingredients (such as collagens) to allow the body to regenerate new skin cells.

The second research review concluded that antioxidant properties found in coenzyme Q10 "enhances the anti-aging effects".

These two studies and many other earlier studies support the anti-aging effect of CoQ10 cream formulations. No doubt, many manufacturers of anti-aging or wrinkle treatment cream would be wise to add some coenzyme Q10 into their "secret" formulation.

So if your skin looks younger after using a cream containing CoQ10, you know it is based on science and not fiction.

Bottom Line

Does using a cream containing CoQ10 improves skin health?

There appears to be scientific backing on the claims that using coenzyme Q10 topically on the skin could, in fact, show "anti-aging" effects on the skin cells.

To be sure, you probably won't see massive improvements in your complexion, especially for skin that are severely damaged.

Let's be real here. Years (and perhaps decades?) of subjecting your skin to harsh UV rays from the sun, trips to the tanning salon or the likes isn't going to magically "repair" the skin.

You won't have a baby's skin, but it could make you look years younger with continued use.

Oh, since we are on the topic of health skin, don't forget to use a skin screen to protect your skin against the damaging effects of UV rays from sunlight...

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Revised: 25.04.2015

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