On the benefits of natural anti-ageing ingredient Coenzyme Q10

Sea Flora’s anti-aging products include the benefits of ingredient Coenzyme Q10 -  a natural substance which smoothes the texture of the skin thus diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

You may have seen the recent attention given on television and in advertising campaigns to Coenzyme Q10 and it’s anti-ageing properties and wondered exactly what it is. Courtesy of our Principal Sea-Flora and EWG, here is an explanation.

Coenzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble vitamin-like substance present in every cell of the human body. A coenzyme is a substance that enhances or is necessary for the action of enzymes. They are generally much smaller than enzymes themselves. Coenzyme Q10 is a coenzyme vital to production of energy within cells. It is also a very powerful antioxidant or free radical scavenger. Synthesised by the human body, it starts out at low levels when we are very young, reaches its peak in our young adulthood and shows a gradual decline after the age of 20, even as the body's demand for it grows. Topically applied, CoQ10 can penetrate the cell layers of the skin and may attenuate the depth of wrinkles due to photo ageing, as well as epithelial cell turnover. Kerotinocyte cells make up the majority of human skin cells and CoQ10 has been shown to protect these skin cells from oxidative DNA damage induced by ultraviolet light. CoQ10 supports the body's natural defence mechanism against the damaging effects of free radicals, particularly the lipid per oxidation in skin. It is a useful cosmetic ingredient for skin care and sun protection products.

Studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may have a positive effect on skin and the appearance of wrinkles, most notably by reducing UV damage, stimulating healthy collagen production, and reducing substances in damaged skin that wreck havoc on its support structure.

There is also research showing that sun exposure depletes the presence of CoQ10 in the skin. This is not surprising because many of the skin’s components become diminished on exposure to the sun. The latest research suggests that topical application of CoQ10 has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. As such, it is one of many helpful antioxidants for skin. (Sources available on request)

Natural Sea-Flora anti-ageing Sea Therapy ranges shown on the Let Nature Provide website all contain natural Coenzyme Q10 .