“And the ‘Antioxidant Of The Year Award’ goes to….”
Sorry, Vitamin C. You’re awesome and all, but this year, the spotlight’s on Coenzyme Q10. Since getting the Nivea gig, this little known antioxidant is popping up on the skincare aisles everywhere.
But, how good is it? Is it an one hit wonder or does it have the potential to last the test of time?
Let’s find out:
What is Coenzyme Q10?
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like substance present in all human cells. Its job is to produce energy for the body but it’s its side hustle that has propelled it to fame. Coenzyme Q10 also has antioxidant properties that keep wrinkles away from your face.
For the first 20 years of your life, your body produces all the Coenzyme Q10 it needs. But, as it gets older, it can’t keep up with demand. It produces less and less.
P.S. Coenzyme Q10 has a nickname: Ubiquinone.
What are the skincare benefits of Coenzyme Q10?
I’ve already mentioned this in passing, but let’s go deeper now. Coenzyme Q10 has powerful antioxidant properties that:
- Fight free radicals
- Reduce UV damage
- Stimulate collagen production
A 1999 German study shows that using Coenzyme Q10 regularly reduces oxidative damage and could reduce crow feet.
Just don’t bet all your hopes on it. No antioxidant, doesn’t matter how powerful it is, can fight premature aging on its own. The more you use, the better.
Related: The Best Antioxidants In Skincare Products
Does Coenzyme Q10 has any side effects?
Coenzyme Q10 is safe for most people.
If you have super sensitive skin, there’s the risk it may irritate it (what doesn’t?). But even then it’s rare.
But, if you’re having chemo or taking blood thinners or other meds for cholesterol and blood pressure you should consult with your doctor before adding Coenzyme Q10 to your skincare routine.
What Are The Best Skincare Products With Coenzyme Q10?
Nivea may have made Coenzyme Q10 famous, but I’m not a big fan of the brand. They use only the odd antioxidant while I prefer products that are loaded with them (and other goodies). Like those below:
- DHC CoQ10 Lotion ($37.00): available at Dermstore and Feel Unique
- Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution ($88.00): available at Dermstore, Nordstrom, Sephora and SpaceNK
- Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($38.00): available at Dermstore, Feel Unique, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice
The Bottom Line
Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that helps you keep wrinkles away for that little bit longer. Just don’t use it alone. It’s way more powerful when it hangs out with his antioxidant friends.
Do you use skincare products with Coenzyme Q10? Share your faves in the comments below.