Skin Aging is one natural phenomenon everyone undergoes in life. As you wake up every day, you get older every day. The skin is the quickest to show us signs that we are getting older, it does this by gently losing elasticity, losing firmness, the formation of wrinkles and appearing very dull. Unfortunately, not all folds and wrinkles are a result of natural aging. So many factors combine to increase the skin’s aging and dullness; Direct sun rays on hitting the skin, the presence of acne, blemishes and the scars they leave. Normally the Co-enzyme q10 found in the skin increases from birth till a certain age (around 30years) and starts depleting. Its depletion is one of the major reasons the aging of the skin is most noticeable. Finding a way to replenish your bodies supply of this substance again will significantly leave your skin in perfect tone, no blemishes, fewer wrinkles and very well moisturized. So what is this co-enzyme q10 and how does it help in moisturizing and anti-aging?
Co-enzyme Q10 (ubiquinone) often called CQ10 is a natural anti-oxidant found in every part of the body especially the skin. Within the skin, co-enzyme Q10 is located deep in the stratum corneum (very deep superficial layer of the skin). Here it protects this deep layer of the skin from damages caused by ultraviolet rays of the sun thereby increasing skins ability to remain in shape. This function also aids in its anti-aging exploits as exposure to this UV ray damages the skin cells resulting in hyperpigmentation, saggy skin and wrinkles. The anti-oxidant properties it posses makes it potent in dealing with casual skin inflammations such as acne, blemishes, and cysts. Co-enzyme Q10 also boosts skin cell activity thus helping get rid of toxins easily and making better use of nutrients; all these normally fade out as your skin starts aging.
Since the level of coenzyme Q10 in the body reduces with age it is vital to get it back so it can continue its amazing functions but how? Ubiquinone can be administered orally as a supplement or topically as a cream. Your dermatologist would be in a better position to tell you the best method for you. It is also possible to use both at once. According to Italian researchers, the simultaneous utilization of this oral coenzyme Q10 supplements and it’s topical preparations can produce higher levels of the enzyme within the skin than using any of them alone. Their study shows that the simultaneous administration of oral supplements containing coenzyme Q10, vitamin E and selenium along with a topical coenzyme Q10 preparation effectively increases the levels of coenzyme Q10 in the stratum corneum. Application of the topical preparation alone raised the level of coenzyme Q10 in the sebum only, an oily substance produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin. Their study also suggests that oral coenzyme Q10 administration is more effective at increasing the level of coenzyme Q10 in the skin than topical administration.
So there you have it! Co-enzyme Q10 is a life saver; without it, our skin cells would not function properly or even function at all, and we would get old a whole lot quicker.