What is it?
First discovered in 1957, coenzyme Q10 (also known as CO Q10 or simply Q10) is now commonly known as the award-winning nutrient that keeps our bodies energised. Scientist Peter Mitchell was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in biochemistry for understanding and sharing exactly how Q10 functions inside human cells – by working alongside minute molecules that link up the body’s respiratory chain. Having displayed incredibly positive effects for our health, we’re now able to drink it as part of our daily vitamin supplements and apply it to our skin.
Want to know a little more science behind it?
Further research uncovered its antioxidant function and neutralising effect against skin damage caused by free radicals, which can cause serious harm to our internal ecosystems by damaging our DNA, fatty tissues and proteins. Even though our bodies can naturally produce Q10 to protect us, the ability to produce Q10 rapidly declines with age.
Long before it was available for use on skin, a Japanese doctor, Dr. Yuichi Yamamura used coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of heart failure. Since then, numerous research has gone into the possible benefits of Q10 for the human heart. Today, this multitasking antioxidant can be found in toners, moisturisers and under eye creams, with the promise of evening out skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots, stimulating collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and replenishing cells for healthier skin.
How does it help your skin?
The energy supplement is used to improve your skin's elasticity and smoothness and plays a supportive role in skin cell activity. Q10 is reportedly involved in the production of collagen, a long-standing buzzword in many skincare treatments. If you’re looking for even more of it, you can find it in meats such pork, beef or chicken or green vegetables such broccoli or spinach, to name just a few.
WHERE ITS FOUND: Spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, orange, strawberry, soybean, lentils, peanut, sesame seed, pistachio, trout, herring, mackerel, sardine, pork, beef, chicken, canola oil and organ meat (heart, liver and kidney)
BENEFITS: Also known as Q10, You'll usually find this multitasking antioxidant in toners, moisturisers and eye creams. It evens out your skin tone by reducing the appearance of dark spots and boosts collagen to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote healthier skin.
SHOP PRODUCT: Active Brightening Facial Oil