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Published: Thu October 10, 2013
Categories: The Myth Minx
With so many ingredient claims and superhero ingredients available, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Ubiquinone (commonly known as Coenzyme Q-10) is one of those superhero skincare ingredients that is sending skincare junkies into a raving frenzy. Is it just a myth or is this really a must have ingredient for healthy radiant skin?
Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ-10) is a naturally occurring vitamin-like substance found in all cells throughout the human body. The name Ubiquinone comes from the Latin word ubique meaning everywhere. CoQ-10 is found in highest amounts in the heart, liver, kidney, and pancreas. CoQ-10 can also be synthesised in a laboratory by fermenting beets and sugar cane with special strains of yeast.
The main functions for CoQ-10 are...
CoQ-10 is part of the electron transport chain within the cells and participates in aerobic cellular respiration (energy production). This means CoQ-10 has a role in producing ATP, a molecule in body cells that functions like a rechargeable battery in the transfer of energy. As we age the production and utilisation of this CoQ-10 declines and therefore cell health and energy can decline.
As an antioxidant, it scavenges free radicals, thus protecting proteins such as DNA, collagen and elastin, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and mitochondrial DNA from oxidative damage. It is particularly active in the membranes of the cells and cell organelles due to the fact that it is lipophilic. Skin is vulnerable to free radicals because of its exposure to ultraviolet light, air pollution and other harmful environmental factors. Skin with low levels of CoQ-10 may be more susceptible to free radical damage.
CoQ-10 supplementation is often used for treating cardiovascular and blood vessel conditions. It is also used for diabetes (to protect against heart disease and circulatory issues), cancers, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, increasing exercise tolerance and chronic fatigue syndrome to name just a few. Fish, organ meats (like liver, heart or kidney) and whole grains also contain CoQ-10, but as we cannot absorb large amounts of from our diet alone, we need to look at both internal nutritional support and topical solutions to support our cell protection and skin’s integrity.
The beauty of CoQ-10 is that it has a very small molecular structure, therefore able to penetrate the skin easily, which makes it an extremely effective ingredient for cosmedical skin care.The secret to good skin is to slow down the ageing process, maintain cell function and energy and protect the cell membrane from oxidative stress. Failure to do so leads to wrinkles, skin discolouration and sallow skin tone.
CoQ- 10 is therefore a must have ingredient for anyone wanting to slow down premature ageing and wanting healthy, radiant and hydrated skin.
CoQ-10 can be found in the Skinstitut Multi-Active Oil.